There is a lot I could write about schools, good and bad. Being a teacher grants me the privilege to talk about it, with I hope some expertise.
Schools aren’t that great at helping children follow their passions and cater learning to their needs and interests.
With up to 30 kids in the class and board members, way out of touch with “real” learning, setting curriculum what can you expect?
They’ve got the reading and ‘rithmetic down pat, but the school day is mostly filled with junk like remembering the dates when the First Fleet first sailed and the order of the planets.
I mean it’s interesting, but is it going to help me live a balanced, fulfilled life where I truly live my passions instead of going through the motions?
Rote learning makes you good at that.
Anyway, my point…
I don’t want Kalyra to have a job and to have her whole “schooling” experience to be stiff and regimented.
I want her to have a passion; something that keeps her awake at night. I want her to create her life, her dreams and her income, not “work” for it.
I believe when you notice your child taking a keen interest in something and learning from it then you have to help them run with it.
Don’t squash, or ignore it, but do what you can to nurture and help it grow.
They are never too young to start.
Kalyra has suddenly discovered a keen interest in photography.
She begs to use our camera phones and if we can help her, our canon DSLR.
And it’s not just a playful snap here and there; she is actually blowing me away with her innate ability to understand some basic photographic concepts.
“We need to move over here Mummy; I think it will look better.”
“I’m trying to get just Dora’s face in it.”
“Daddy, move close to Mummy. Now smile.”
“It’s too dark, I can’t see you properly. Hang on”
She returns and shines a torch in my face
I can’t just let her enthusiasm for this disappear.
Craig and I are getting her a camera for Christmas and I’ve decided to start her a blog, as a way to document and keep her experiments and results.
She is also a keen artist. She sits and colours and draws for hours. She colours in the lines and her drawings are pretty advanced for her age. I’m going to scan them onto the blog for her.
The pictures are already piling up. “Mummy, I want this one to go on the computer,” she says.
I told her about the blog and she is excited.
It’s not going to be a blog I market or put much time into, but I think it will be great for her, especially in a few years’ time if she decides she wants to run with it and fill it with more and maybe even make some money off it.
I had been thinking for some time how we could help her keep a record of her travels and with our big plans for next year, I think this could work well for her.
My only problem is being stuck on the name and I’d like your advice.
Of course, Kalyra’s name means ‘a wild and pleasant place,’ so I am trying to keep that meaning for her.
What do you think?