I won’t. Or I’ll learn along side them. I don’t know what the later years have in store for us, with calculus or computer programming or certain world events, or anything else I don’t have a clue about. I do know that if they want to learn something I’ll be here to help them. I don’t need to always be the teacher. My kids are going to learn and know different things than I know. That’s good. Great, in fact.

Right now there are so many questions, and I don’t always have the answers. Shocking, I know.

Today there’s the Rainbow Loom. Besides knowing it was a very popular Christmas gift last year, my experience with this craze is nada. I didn’t know if they were old enough for it and so we’ve never had one around. However, last week the kids spent countless hours at their cousins’ house, much of the time being spent with their loom. I wasn’t there, and only heard about it. I saw some of the completed pieces, but had no idea how much work their older cousins did or how much, if any, they actually did.

Today, out of town friends came bearing Rainbow Loom gifts. The timing was perfect and the kids were thrilled. I was busy chatting with old friends and the kids were busy getting reacquainted. I could see the girl, just about a year older than Eliana, helping her make a bracelet. The little boy was asking his big sister to help Stephen next, which she happily did. Later, after they had to leave, Eliana and Stephen got right back at it. Eliana opened the instructions and Stephen asked me to watch a video on YouTube to help him figure it out. They’re suddenly speaking this new language that I know nothing about.
They learned a new skill and can make some pretty cool things. They didn’t need me-why would they, I didn’t know anything about it. They found better resources- older kids, trial and error, instruction books and YouTube. I’m thinking similar resources will work for calculus in the future!

4 thoughts on “How will you be able to teach them what you don’t know?

  1. You’re absolutely right. My son taught himself computer programming. I’m trying to learn some, too, so I can at least have some idea when he wants to tell me all about what he’s doing. But he is way ahead of me on the learning curve for this topic, and that’s okay with me.

    • That’s great, Tonya! And they learn so much by teaching us, too. Since I wrote this post I have a lot more knowledge about the rainbow loom :)

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