Education by Exploration

lilz_lakeWhat better way of learning can there be than to dive in and EXPLORE! That is how we often learn as infants and toddlers,we put our fingers into our mouth, and throw things to see who will pick it up. It is an accepted form of developmental learning. Somehow as children grow up, exploring becomes less acceptable, it is somehow only acceptable to learn by sitting at a desk and being instructed. It seems to be natural to want to travel and see new places, have experiences and travel, learn, discuss and become familiar with new ideas. So I urge you to do it, do it now… go exploring. It’s not just for infants, it’s for all.

Here is some inspiration for you and your wee ones:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.P.S. I Love You
 

 

“Life is an experiment in which you may fail or succeed. Explore more, expect least.”
― Santosh Kalwar
So you can explore a book, a stream, your library or a museum, even your own back yard. All you need is some curiosity. Think of all of the things you and your children will learn by being curious and exploring. Imagine the education you’ll receive.
 I think this sums it up best:
“How To Be An Explorer Of The World
1. Always Be LOOKING (notice the ground beneath your feet.)
2. Consider Everything Alive & Animate
3. EVERYTHING Is Interesting. Look Closer.
4. Alter Your Course Often.
5. Observe For Long Durations (and short ones).
6. Notice The Stories Going On Around You.
7. Notice PATTERNS. Make CONNECTIONS.
8. DOCUMENT Your Findings (field notes) In A VAriety Of Ways.
9. Incorporate Indeterminacy.
10. Observe Movement.
11. Create a Personal DIALOGUE With Your Environment. Talk to it.
12. Trace Things Back to Their ORIGINS.
13. Use ALL of the Senses In Your Investigations.”
― Keri SmithHow to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum
What are your favorite places to explore? What have you learned from exploring?

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