It’s too hot. The kids are cranky and we need to chill out. But I can’t help myself–no matter what we’re doing I see what we’re “learning”.
If you’re anything like me it’s thrilling to participate in everyday, organic learning. Watching my kids grow and learn inspires me.
But the hottest of days is a great reminder that rest and relaxation is an important part of being a whole learner.
Even when it’s too hot to learn I see all sorts of learning opportunities.
• After all, those homemade pops would make a great science lesson. (Which takes longer to freeze: a fruit smoothie pop or pure juice pop? Why?)
• Yes, Super Soaker water guns are so much fun, but their mechanics are even more interesting! (How *do* they shoot over 50 ft?)
• How about we race the tide and build sandcastles before the the waves come in? (What’s up with these tides anyway? Are we racing the tide or are we racing the moon?)
The Big Chill Out
Enthusiasm in every day learning is something to be valued and truly learning never turns off no matter what the weather.
However, the hottest of summer days reminds us to chill out and relax. It’s the perfect time to let go and trust that our kids are learning all the time.
An ice pop can be just a cool treat on a hot day. A water gun is a fun toy and sand castle races are memories that will last forever.
Rest assured that nothing in life is a waste of time.
• A cool pop gives a child a chance to sit and calm his mind. Reflection and quiet is an important part of learning.
•A water gun fight or a race to build a sandcastle is a process of engagement. Trial and error is a valuable aspect of learning.
The hottest days remind me that it’s perfectly okay to stop thinking about the how and why of learning. It’s the perfect opportunity to experiment–what happens when we let go?
Just like an athlete needs to rest his body after intense work outs we need bouts of relaxation and rest to absorb the many things we learn.
When we give in to summer living we say yes to a new way of learning.
When it’s too hot we slow down and go inward and that’s valuable learning too.
Sometimes it’s okay to do absolutely nothing.
In fact, it’s downright necessary.
How does your family let go and relax on the hottest days of summer?