I want to talk about this picture.
It is blurry, but I was trying to take the shot quickly. It doesn’t matter if it’s clear or not, because you can still get the point.
At one point this Wednesday, three of the kids in our homeschool/unschool field trip group – all either four or five years old – were looking very intensely at what I assumed to be information about a particular exhibit. I thought Kai might be reading it out loud or something, because he has suddenly found much thrill in reading things out loud for other kids.
I decided to walk over and see what they were up to.
It turns out that it was NOT actually the exhibit that they were looking at. It was the map. They were discussing what animals were where, where they wanted to go next, and how to get there, discussing the merits of each path.
Learning does not always happen in a classroom. Sometimes, learning is as simple as three kids looking at a map while none of the adults are hovering over them.
This is learning. This is life.