Do you have kids who don’t want anything to do with “FUN-school”?
MOM TIP: Some kids blank out, show resistance and roll their eyes when you say “What do you want to learn about?”
I have found that you will get a lot farther with a difficult child when you ask these 2 questions instead:
1. What do you want to DO?
Learning is just the journey to reach the end goals of “knowing and doing.” Kids WANT to DO and KNOW.
To learn is HOW we find out the way to DO & to KNOW.
The idea of learning makes kids miserable because so much of traditional learning is irrelevant to their goals of DOING and KNOWING.
Every child wants to KNOW STUFF.
Every Child wants to DO STUFF.
Even my five new kids who spent 4 years in an orphanage want to KNOW and DO… but ask them what they want to “Learn for School” and they meltdown or shutdown or reject the whole idea of learning. They were so excited to talk about what they want to KNOW and DO.
Once I knew what they were interested in actually accomplishing, I started giving them tools to reach their goals, and they don’t even think it is “education” because this looks nothing like the “school” they had in mind.