This article is dedicated with great respect to parents everywhere!
There are three ways children learn, at least for the purposes of this article, and they are all like these pumpkins...in a way.
Actually, I am writing about how children (and adults) learn something new. This information may help you to understand your own children. I used the following to help my children to understand their choices.
Three ways children learn what happens to a pumpkin, when dropped from a tall building?
1st: A child may HEAR or READ about the pumpkin.
The description would include things like the height of the building, the temperature, wind velocity, etc. that day. He or she could read about how the pumpkin was tossed, dropped or thrown down from the building, and about all the gore on impact. The messy pumpkin details might even include the width of splatter, how ground zero got cleaned up and the final disposal site. In other words, the first child learns about what happens to a pumpkin simply by being told or reading about it. This seems nice and is a lot less messy than the next two.
2nd: A child may WATCH what happens to the pumpkin.
These are he doubting Thomas' of the world. They have to see it with their own eyes. They learn best when they experience it through all their senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Such a child may even get involved in wanting to launch the pumpkin themselves. Certainly he or she will want to examine the pumpkin's demise on the ground, and perhaps take measurements of the weight and scope, smell it, taste it, and feel it in their fingers (and some with their toes). So the second child learns about what happens to a pumpkin by observing the event.
3rd: A child may need to BE the pumpkin.
These are the EXPERIENTIAL learners. There is only one response he or she can imagine to the question: "What happens when you drop a pumpkin from a ten story high building?
"I Can Be The Pumpkin!"
Many blessings to all parents who struggle to raise kids who learn in all sorts of ways.
Happy Parents Day = Every Day!
Susie E. Caron MA,
Author, Blogger, Podcaster,
Christian, Wife, & Mother, helps build parent-child relationships, 1 blog, book & podcast at a time.
Welcome! I recently retired from combined careers in teaching, psychotherapy, and parent coaching to spend more time writing.
When I'm not busy creating books or articles, you might find me looking for dark chocolate or riding my beautiful horse Apple in the woods and fields of Vermont.
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July 13 at 7:17pm ·
Just wanted to say that I love your posts about the different ways to connect/relate/understand your child. It has given me a new approach towards understanding my daughter and allowing HER to tell me how she feels instead of me suggesting to her how she should feel. Thanks Susie!