Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The stuff you learn in school

“Can I borrow your iPad”, my son asked me. “I have a class project on the vanishing mangroves of the city.” He’d collected a fair amount of material from the Net, when I piped up- “Do you even know what a mangrove looks like?”

He didn’t. And since there is a mangrove grove less than a mile from our place, I took him to see it. He didn’t seem the least bit interested, and I wondered why I bothered. But maybe if I keep at it, he will someday realize that what he learns in school is real stuff too.

This is the fifth year that I am going to be a part of NaBloWriM. The writing mojo seems to have deserted me, but by elaborating either on a quote that touches my heart, or by attempting to capture a fleeting emotion, let me see how long I last.


Kittie Howard said...

Have faith--he'll remember the trip, like I remember stuff my parents did I thought boring at the time.

Sue Travers said...

Natasha I wrote about mangroves a couple of years ago - I hadn't realised how important they are. I've come to really appreciate them and their strange beauty. Just on the off-chance that your son is interested in an Aussie mangrove, here's a link to the post: http://traverselife.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/climate-matters-m-is-for-mangroves.html

Sue Travers said...

Oh, and all the best with NaBloWriMo!

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - There is little more important to good learning than making the connection between what you experience in school and what is out there in the real world. What a great mum you are to show your son that connection.


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