A Recipe for Learning

In a large mixing bowl combine…

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A whole cup of CURIOSITY
(I am a child, I am naturally curious)

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A dash or three of RELEVANCE
(I learn best when what I am learning is meaningful to my own experiences in the physical world)

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A pint of INTEREST
(I am most motivated to learn when I am engaged and interested in the topic at hand)

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A good dose of VARIETY
(I like to learn things in lots of different ways)

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A smidgen of PURPOSE
(I like you to know that I can be helpful)

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A heaped tablespoon of PROBLEM SOLVING
(to really get me thinking)

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(it is through active interaction with objects, places and people that I acquire knowledge)

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And more than pinch of PLAYFUL FUN.

Stir together with…

(to explore, experience, grow and mature)

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(to guide, pose challenges and push my thinking further)

And FRIENDS to learn alongside
(sharing with others helps to reinforce my own learning)

…and you have a RECIPE FOR LEARNING!

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  1. That’s beautiful, Christie, and utterly true. I think our household is doing OK for most of the ingredients (especially the “active” bit!) although sometimes a bit more focus on time would be good … lovely post.

  2. I love this. A perfect way to balance your day or week with your kids! If you can check off all of those ingredients you are doing A LOT of things right!

  3. Shared this post on my FB page ( Wonderful tips, wonderful post! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  4. What a beautiful post. I’m going to print this out and hang it somewhere.

  5. Loved this post. Thanks Christie. I find the “purpose” bit is especially important for my Miss 3 – she loves to be helpful.

  6. What a great post, a fun way to remember what your little one needs.

  7. Great tips and photos!

  8. I love the ideas behind this “recipe”. Good to remember for me with my students! Thanks you for sharing!

  9. Wendi F. Siegel, Ed.D. says:

    Beautiful….although, I would have liked to have seen more diverse photos.

    Thank you for sharing.

  10. Yes. And yours is a healthy recipe too. -heather

  11. Thanks, I learnt a lot from that post too! We practiced a little relevance yesterday – it was fun too.

  12. Thank you so much for this! do I have your permission to post it in my classroom?

  13. A beautiful post, gorgeous photos.

  14. I LOVE this! I work in a Kindergarten and would love to print this and display it in our room. So I know who to give credit to… are you the author?

  15. LOVE IT! The secret ingredient is love.

    The best gift a parent gives is love and time. It is an investment in a life for a life-time. – The Joy of Learning Guy

    Tony, The Joy of Learning Guy

  16. is there a way to get a copy to print that is more condensed? i love this.

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