Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Building and Learning

My Dad is one of those really handy guys. I think it comes from being a farmer - you just have to know how to do A LOT of stuff. When he heard that we wanted to build an arbor for growing our veggies over, he immediately had ideas and wanted to help. Of course this was greatly received! We had already purchased the poly pipe and wire and Dad got some aluminium poles to go inside the pipe. You should have seen the excitement on Elijah's face as he was able to help quite a bit. He was thrilled to learn he was strong enough for cutting the wire and with my watchful eye was able to meticulously make each snip (until he got interested in doing something else). It brought back lots of my childhood memories of fence building and Dad showing ME how to cut the wire and tie the fence to the posts. I was thinking 'How do kids learn this stuff if their families don't show them?' I still don't know the answer. Pretty awesome for a just turned three year old to have this experience at home. There was just so much opportunity for learning this day - problem solving, maths, engineering, physical skills and cooperation.  Now we just have to wait and see if the beans, malabar spinach, zucchini, pumpkins and cucumbers will climb up. I hope they do! 

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