Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Learning Curve

Tonight we had a GREAT example of how Blossom fails to make connections. We were on our way home from church where the teen girls had their weekly activity, which was making hummus to sell for a fundraiser for camp this summer. Blossom asked, "Mommy, when you were a teenage girl, did you go to camp?"

I answered, "When I was that age, I lived in Japan and went to church there. I don't know where the girls camp was or anything about it, so I didn't go, but the other girls at church went."

A few minutes later, Blossom asked, "Are there churches in Japan?" (But is was more like, "Is Japan area have church?)

So, once again, I pointed out to her how she can learn by listening to others carefully and remembering what they say and had her repeat back to me what I said about living in Japan and attending church there.


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. You really are dealing with a mental age of about 4. The question is, will she catch up? Or is she always going to be 4? Previous posts indicated you thought she was a pretty critical thinker and wanted to learn. Is that still the case or has she sort of stalled?

K said...

Her desire to learn is still there, as is curiosity and nosiness, but she does seem to have stalled in her ability to think. When I read the reasoning development of young children, she fits the four year-old level perfectly.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to suggest a different interpretation of Blossom's question- that she was trying to initiate further conversation about your experience of church in Japan. This kind of question is pretty typical of the students I've had who are English learners. And I've found it's NOT indicative of mental age or ability, but rather a step in language development.

For instance, I have had students who would ask "when's lunch?" Ha, same time every day! for 5 months now, and it's on the schedule on the board... but they were trying to initiate conversation with me.

Really, they wanted to talk about what they were going to eat, or who they were going to play with at lunch recess, or a myriad of other things loosely related to "lunch." They just didn't know how to make those linguistic bridges yet. And I suspect that's where Blossom is, as well.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with what "Anonymous" said about "a Different interpreatation'.

From my perspective, the Child listened to you and remembered "there are Churches in Japan". She asked again, Perhaps she was trying to initiate further conversation as "Anonyous" said, perhaps she had doubts, "are there really churches in Japan? I have not seen any in China". it also could be something else in her mind. Her question has nothing to do with her learning ability. its about her "logic" of thinking. Her "logic" was built upon her previous life experiences.

"Anonymous" aslo mentioned his students repeatedly ask "when's lunch?" I dont know where his students came from, but In Chinese Culture, asking people "have you had your Lunch/dinner/breakfast yet?" is a way to greet people, instead of "Hello (Ni Hao)", people often ask "did you eat?" For someone who has no knowledge about this old custom, I bet he'd think a person who repeatedly asks "did you eat" is a moron.. lol

so, I guess I m just trying to give you a reminder that you may need to explore what's the logic behind this child's question, she could be a very bright child you just have not yet found the sparkles yet.