Our children love learning, and my husband and I love to watch and learn with them. Looking at the world through their eyes: the wonder of an aeroplane, the delight of a racing car, the quiet calm of sheep in a field or the soft song of the dawn chorus. It hasn’t come as a surprise therefore that now Chief is 6 and Munch is 4, they are challenging our knowledge and we are learning new facts together. The difference between explosive and effusive volcanic eruptions for example. The possibility of white holes as well as black holes. Today, it was ‘frit’.
At the weekend you may have read about my hair donation. Our two older boys were very enthusiastic about coming with me into town and we chose to get there on the bus. A real treat for them as we rarely take the bus, and for me that I could sit with them and look out at the world around us as we travelled. Also, I learnt a new fact, courtesy of Chief. Frit. Never before had I questioned why bus windows have black dots around the edges of them. I thought it was something to do with the type of glass or the use of glass, but I certainly didn’t know it had a name, and that there is a process behind it (yes, I thought that they were added on afterwards for some reason). Now, I don’t suggest that I give you the definition of what ‘frit’ is, mostly because there is a chance that I might miss some detail out and this is absolutely not my area of expertise. However, I did want to write about it, because it seems that all too often we can be busy with life and not stop and learn from each other, whatever our age. I love that my six and four year olds challenge my understanding, and I hope that my two year old will start to do the same in months/ years to come. If I can raise them to always question, challenge, learn and share then I will be very proud.
I’d love to hear about things that you’ve learnt from members of your family, young or old, that have been interesting or a surprise! Please leave a comment below, or you can email me using the links to the right.