We went to a city park yesterday and found this great little playground. The boys played well together on the seesaw first before moving on to other things.
Playing is a child's work. They learn through making and testing hypotheses even though they wouldn't explain that like a scientist to you. With a little parental guidance they quickly master a new exploration. I love how CJ responded to the digger in the sand. "This is good work!"
Speaking of "Good Work" I believe that fostering a good work ethic early in children is important for long term success. Digging in the sandbox is in fact "good work".
- How could you change/fix that?
- What else could you do?
- What would happen if you...?
- What do you think/feel about ....?
- How did you do that?
- Is there another way to...?
By asking these open ended questions I could have provided a framework to enable him to learn more by himself.
I love that when EMan came back around to this scooper CJ worked with him to make him feel successful!