in the right conditions, to create a raging fire. Believe most folks would accept that as true. Get a spark into dry tinder (you know, the small/tiny branches, pine needles, cotton swab with wax on it), and the spark turns into a bigger spark, so you add more tinder, and branches about the thickness of your finger and continue working till you add a few logs.
Yes, there are other ways of building fires too, but this analogy leads to where I want the post to go.
Within the last year or so, our youngest got hooked on the Titanic by reading, "The Titanic, Lost and Found". Spare time was consumed by the Titanic. He asked us to surf Netflix, the Internet, asked for trips tot he library, would pull down every book off of our shelves that could possibly have information about the Titanic. He'd draw the titanic, build the titanic (cardboard version, Lego version, and MineCraft version), he digested as much information as he could possibly find on this.
My folks went on a paddle boat cruise last summer and sent the boys postcards. One card had a few facts about the ship they were on. This kid of ours, on his own, started figuring out how the cruise ship compared to the Titanic, length and a number other things. He talked about those difference for quite a bit. This was nothing I could have encouraged or suggested he do. Totally investigated on his own, by his own desire to seek knowledge.
We're know trying to spark other interests, in both, by asking questions about any number of things. As their parents, we just don't know when or where that spark is going to be ignited.
What do you do, to get your kids curious about learning? Have you ever read Walking by the Way blog? Ami wrote a similar post (click here) that made me want to write about our experience.