Children are always learning, the question is what.....
Here we have some pictures of QiQi who is 6 making one of the dishes for dinner for a community of 20. It is a raw spaghetti, very healthy, very sustainable and also quite delicious!
QiQi knows how to mix, cut, slice, dice and spiralize. If you check out some of her other posts you will find she has many skills and abilities and learned them all at home, without rules, grounding, time out, bribes/rewards or punishments. She learned all this from simply living in a conscious, healthy and responsible environment.
QiQi jumps in to spiralize the zucchini for the raw "noodles". I cut the ends off and she spins all 8 zucchini halves into noodles. Then she wipes the marble prep station.
Next we are making the sauce. I forgot to pick the oregano so we go out to the garden and QiQi picks it. She has learned how to pick carefully and properly, low on the stem, from the age of 2. Once we have what we need, we run back to the kitchen to make the sauce.
QiQi waits patiently while I take photos of the ingredients. Then she puts them all into the food processor. The measuring bowl of tomatoes is so heavy she has to get her foot on the counter to have sufficient leverage. She pushes the button and watches it blend.
I am so thankful to have her help with so many little things like this. We both learn a lot and have fun working together.
QiQi is blessed enough to live a life of freedom, where she does not go to school nor does she have "lessons" or "home work". Yet how is it possible she ever learns anything?
(QiQi Helps Harvest Herbs, Tomatoes Etc for Dinner)
Well the truth is she is learning every moment. The question is what?
(QiQi Adds Veggies To The Food processor)
Well the beautiful and horrific truth is children learn whatever they are exposed to, whatever they see, whatever they are around.
(Adding herbs and tomatoes)
So a child in school most likely will learn to read but also to wake up at alarms every day, to follow rules, not ask questions, do what they are told, memorize without research, regurgitate without thinking, as well as acting appropriately, fitting in and what the idea of love and honesty is according to how people in school act.
A child at home could possibly learn even worse.....Fighting, addiction, lying, abuse, violence, yelling, arguing....Maybe that food is something that comes in a back and cooking is something that gets done in a microwave....
(QiQi is knowledgeable and responsible enough to work the food processor also)
Or a child may learn how to grow and harvest food, a child may learn that honesty, love and compassion is something that is embodied not pretended. A child may learn that cooking may not even be the best or healthiest way to eat.
The dinner is done and she also helps clean up! She is already quite responsible and capable. Yet she is learning more and more every day, becoming more and more capable every day. Simply by living in a healthy and active environment!