This morning, as I was browsing articles in the New York Times Education section, I stumbled upon this article. The article starts with a description of a block building workshop led by a so-called "block consultant."
"A 'block consultant.' Seriously? That's so f-ing ridiculous." I thought to myself as I continued to browse through the article.
Then, it struck me. Who am I to get all judgy and self-righteous? Just this weekend, I tried to "teach" Liam sequencing with his ring stacker. Liam was far more interested in chewing on the rings than learning about sequencing.
Why is it so hard for us to let kids be kids? Poor Liam's just under seven months old. Here I am worried about teaching him sequencing with his ring stacker, when in all actuality he'd probably learn a lot more if I would just let him figure it out on his own. Liam's a pretty smart kid. (Of course, I'm slightly biased.) He's innately curious, and I love that about him. He'll learn new things, if I allow him the freedom to explore and discover on his own. Sometimes, I need to remember that.