A towheaded boy declared at the ripe old age of three that he’d become a sea captain. But not just any old sea farer, the first good pirate to sail the seven seas. Now without getting into the intricacies of what the word pirate implies, we think this sounds like the beginning of a grand adventure for a wee one, packed with all manner of knowledge to gain. We’ve started this journey learning about morse code, buoys, navigation charts and other nautical but nice subjects. We hope to inspire him to continue to chart his own course.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Take a step back from your role at the helm, take up your bucket and mop, throw caution to the wind and set sail, join the makers and doers, create and re create, explore high and low … Give your child the freedom to be the captain of the ship.
Our very good friend Mark Thalman was kind enough to put together a quick edit of moments we shot this past spring and summer. Mark is gifted with a camera but even more so with creating video that tells a story. He has worked in Hollywood and is currently on staff at Bear Mountain in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California where he and his wifey call home. This is the first of what we hope will be many.
I first picked up a snowboard as a young teen in the early nineties and safe to say it has been one of the more poignant influences in my life these past 20 or so odd years. I think part of the reason we’ve worked so well for each other is that we found each other at similar stages in life. We’d both worked past infancy, through that point in young life when knowledge and smiles come easily, and into the awkward, maybe rebellious, definitely grumpy malaise of the teenage years. We’ve both grown since then, a lot.
“Allowing children to learn about what interests them is good, but helping them do it in a meaningful, rigorous way is better. Freedom and choice are good, but a life steeped in thinking, learning, and doing is better. It’s not enough to say, “Go, do whatever you like.” To help children become skilled thinkers and learners, to help them become people who make and do, we need a life centered around those experiences. We need to show them how to accomplish the things they want to do. We need to prepare them to make the life they want.” ― Lori McWilliam Pickert
“We can best help children learn, not by deciding what we think they should learn and thinking of ingenious ways to teach it to them, but by making the world, as far as we can, accessible to them, paying serious attention to what they do, answering their questions — if they have any — and helping them explore the things they are most interested in.” ― John Holt
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