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Ever changing learner
Submitted by aditi on 2 November, 2017 - 20:01
Journey of a 12yrs old, who grew up with the love for vehicles. As a child of 4yrs old he would draw and draw jeeps and buses and trucks. He even started to save money to buy a bike when he would be 18urs old. Soon he grew out of vehicles and started making sand castles. The play will go on with wars, enemy, bridges and strategies. As a child of 5yrs old he never sang nursery rhymes, nor wrote alphabets. But he would spend a lot of time with books and insist us to read books daily for him.
His interest in books remained but he grew out of sand castles and making bridges. His interest in Army grew as he grew up. He would buy dresses of different defence forces like Navy, Army and pretend to be like them. He visited few army areas and got more inspired with their courage. Soon he grew out of that. He got into making models of ships and aeroplanes. He did not know when he got drifted towards planes and piolets. The visit to airports and aeroplane museum became part of our curriculum.
Need to know more about ships created a need to learn reading and he just did it. Soon he grew out of aeroplanes and got into cooking and sometimes baking. Meanwhile he continued climbing rocks effortlessly. And also tried his hands with Kathak dance classes and learning Tabla from a master and joining Tennis coaching.
One sight of a beautiful written line in cursive writing sparked his soul to learn this art. He would practice cursive anywhere and everywhere. We don't know how and where he developed mathematical process, but he mastered himself in basic mathematical calculations. Without us realizing he got into sketching. He would practice and learn more by himself. Meanwhile he found himself fond of knowledge and he started reading about various topics to be abke to know about various topics. This was also the time he got into quizzes.
He was into music and would know a lot about the singers. This also the time when didn't miss a single change to update himself with the world of sports, about players and records. He was also Influenced with the wave of electronics, he made few scientific toys and boats. This was the time he got interested into making models. And tried his hands with photography and videography. He was not away from drama and learning musical instruments. He started playing African drums called dejambe. In between he would chase butterflies and go for bird watching.
He mastered himself into making eggs for breakfast and rolling chapatis. And he was often found on the top most branch of any tree. And suddenly he found himself in love with science and it's magic. Space was another topic which attracted him towards it. He did not shy from dreaming about playing sports with all the accessories. His interest fluctuated from football to cricket. Chess and other board games along with video games and wakeboarding accompanying him in between the gaps.
He took several years to learn that perfect stroke of swimming. But when he did, he just learnt it. He didn't know that he will like challenges of skiing in snow in Gulberg. He finished his first structured course with pride and joy. He announced himself 'made for skiing'. He is on his way to getting into intermediate level of skiing. A dash into paragliding gave him glimpses in the world of flying. Meanwhile Trekking in Himalayas was just like that.
His love for books drew him into Mythology and reading more. The Greek mythology attracted him with their magical powers, courage and heroism. Recently he found a love for writing and he started writing blogs and reading for hours. While he keep himself alive with his various interest, he either leave one interest or develop love for more interest. Whatever he does he does with intensity, no matter how long does that interest last. He grew up chasing chocos and then pizzas and now passion fruits. He surprises us with his wide variety of choices.
He is not away from telling lies or teasing others. He is also closer to expressing self and understanding our feelings " I understand that you are feeling agitated". Journey with him with his wide variety of choices have been very interesting. While he has not stayed with one passion for longer time but whatever duration stayed, he lived his each moment. As a guide, as parents we were often thrown in our challanging zone to understand his moves. But the understanding happened by being with him, being together in this journey. Open learning allowed him to be himself while he continued to discover self.
He didn't have to prove to anyone, except himself. At each step he set his own expectations from himself and assessed himself. At times he is disappointed with himself or pleased with self. All are his moments, his choices and his decisions. He is not scared of future (what will I be?). He fearlessly works with his choices and dreams. He is not bound by any curriculum or limits of the systems, the world is his curriculum and life is his learning.
We are greatful to all those who traveled with us in this journey to make life wonderful for this ever changing learner. We believe that kids don't have to prove or show any desired results to others, all they need to do is continue to do. We add value to their learning journey just by creating experiences and environment.