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Wabi-Sabi of learning

on September 28, 2012

Wabi-Sabi, a fun word to say, an even better way of thinking. SO what is Wabi-Sabi? In regard to learning and improving the mind, to me it means to find the simplicity in things and appreciating the process that comes with time. Though computers and high-tech gadgets are great, sometimes we need to reflect back upon the objects or events we are learning or studying. If your kid is studying about trees, don’t go to the internet go outside and touch a tree. Examine all the many imperfections and the aesthetics of the tree. Dig down to check the roots. Compare the leaves, not just the color but the structure and how no two are alike. Smell a tree!  How many of you have ever done that? Take time to explore the subject your child is learning about beyond a text-book, iPad or internet. Go outside, down the street, to a museum, to the real place if it is about an event near by. Have you and your child ever walked on a battle field? Makes a world of difference and a lasting memory trying to figure out how large cannons were rolled up hills and dragged up mountains. Take back learning to the bare minimum by actually going to the source of all possible. Take in the aging and decay that has enhanced the object or place. Take in the sensory package. Then, sit and draw or write about all you felt, saw, heard, and smelled. I bet if you ask your kids about the topic they will rattle of so many details you will be amazed!

If you have a child with learning challenges or is deaf, interaction and experience are the key to learning. You must take your child beyond the paper, book, and lecturing of the classroom to make the topic real. Words, both spoken and on paper are nothing more than just that. What do you think when you read the word tree? What do you think when you have touched a tree? How much different is the concept of tree from a picture to standing in a forest of many different trees? Wabi Sabi, get back to the simplicity of the concept of tree, go experience a tree and watch your child’s learning explode into an awesome knowledge base that goes way beyond the four walls of the classroom.

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