I haven't watched the videos yet, I will tonite when I have time but I wanted to address your parenting comments. I've raised 4 kids to adulthood
now and one of the teaching tools I used was a native american concept called Coyote teaching.
Let's say a child asks you "what kind of tree is that?". The standard answer might be "white oak" or even quercus alba but that only teaches the
child a name for a thing, not what it is or what it does.
Coyote teaching would answer "it's a tree that squirrels need". The concept is to encourage the child to ask more questions and possibly begin an
earnest observation of the tree in question.
Ask the child to tell you about the tree, what does it bark look like; it;'s leaves. How tall is it compared to the other trees around it. Ask the
child to look under the tree to look for seeds. Perhaps they will find some acorns. You can then tell them that acorns are important food for
squirrels, deer, turkey and even racoons. Native americans used acorns for meal and ate large quantities in their diet.
Find a fallen branch and cut it open, ask the child to test the wood for strength. You can then talk about the uses for it's wood in furniture and
fireplaces. You can tell them strong wood burns hottest.
Answering questions with questions is not putting off a child, it focuses their attention in the direction you wish them to. It teaches that every
question engenders more questions much as each strand of the web of life connects with another.
A very observant child might even notice mistletoe growing in the upper branches or a squirrel or bird nest. Direct your answers so that they use
their powers of observation to discover the secrets of life. This is real learning; personal, meaningful learning that stays with one for a
That's the general idea, I've yapped enough about it, I hope I wasn't boorish.
I'll post later after watching the videos, thanks for posting them
BTW Kosmic: I really like the new avatar, what does it mean?
[edit on 8-6-2010 by Asktheanimals]