As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Excerpts from C. P. Cavafy’s poem –Ithaka
This holds so true for our life, where the narrator tells the traveler that what is important is not the Ithaka (destination) but the journey itself. It is the journey which needs to to be enjoyed to the fullest, at every moment using all the resources of intellect. We all set out our life journey with a goal to reach a certain status in mind but what becomes more important are the precious things that we have gained on our way to our destination.
Similarly, when children set out to learn a certain “something”, it is the journey to learn that holds a lot of importance. Children tend to learn by discovering their talent, exploring new things and then pursuing their passions.
Say, for instance, you need to teach a child ‘how to add numbers. So 2+3=5, but there are different ways through which the child learns this.
- You give them the answer helpfully and smilingly.
- They hear the answer and memorize it immediately (as if for a quiz!!)
- Kids saw the answer in the book and wrote it some 5 to 10 times (making it a fact!!)
- They learned how to count first, practiced it for many times by counting anything and everything they came across. They then learned to count 2 and 3 and then putting it together arrived at the answer. Of course, not without making mistakes along the way and learning from them.
Each method gave the answer and created a different type of learner. But surely, the last methodology is going to result in making wisest and the most confident learner, as their learning journey was most meaningful and enriching. There was something to be gained from each step of their learning process.
One needs to stop being scared of the failure and count it as a part of the learning process. A learning can be purely learning if one pulls the information to draw the conclusions rather than mugging up facts. To make this learning journey fun, it is important to be curious and rise to the challenge.
Learning actually happens when a child engages in a purposeful activity, voluntarily and not forcefully. Therefore, with the help of the right tools, they are sure to sail through all areas of learning with great gusto and enthusiasm deriving their answer on their own.
Each one of us has different journeys, teaching us something new at every step, which we sail through each day. Similarly, a child has to go through a lot many and not just one particular journey alone. The child may be at a point where she/he is
- Identifying alphabets
- Understanding the sequence of numbers
- Becoming aware of reasons and consequences
- Picking up different languages
- Doing things independently
- Learning to form sentences
Every child is different in their own way as they start and move through these journeys. Learning is an ongoing process and cannot be just one-step. Becoming an expert on a single concept involves a series of steps. Learning is a self-directed and self-paced journey of discovery. It is not just a race to reach the destination.
Every Skola journey takes children systematically through a series of experiences that are incrementally challenging. This, in turn, enables them to discover and learn something new at every stage. A toy facilitates each stage of their learning journey. Playing with which will allow a child to challenge himself and thus learn in an interesting way.
Here is an example to showcase the learning journey with Skola :
Visit www.skola.toys to understand children’s learning journeys and find toys that facilitate incremental learning. Thus, enabling our future generations to play, explore and discover through “Learning Journeys designed as Play “.
Read about how to choose toys.