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Kids, Books and the Internet

Kids, Books and the Internet

June 22, 2020, by Barry Ng

Kids can really make you rethink how you help people understand things. I bought a collection of national geographic books for my kids to read and be fascinated about the world around them.

As I look through the 25 books, I find myself struggling at which book to show my son(3 years old) first. I took something familiar like aeroplanes and Koalas for him begin with.

They can really make you rethink how you help people understand things. I bought a collection of national geographic books for my kids to read and be fascinated about the world around them.

As I look through the 25 books, I find myself struggling at which book to show my son(3 years old) first. I took something familiar like aeroplanes and Koalas for him begin with. There’s a lot of whys in his stage of life now. It’s enjoyable yet I find myself struggling to questions on. Here are some samples of the whys that exist.

Why do World War 2 planes have teeth on the front?

Me: They are to warn the bad people that they are just as scary too.

Why koalas only eat eucalyptus leaves and not meat?

Me: Some animals eat specific things and koalas like eucalyptus leaves. Eating chicken will make them sick.

Why do aeroplanes have cabins?

Me: You remember Ah-Ye( his grandfather or my dad) drive car? He needs to sit in front. Someone must drive(fly) the aeroplane. That is a pilot. He sits at the cabin to fly the aeroplane high in the sky.

Why some cargo aeroplanes have 6 engines?

Me: Because these aeroplanes carry so many heavy things and they need more engines to fly high high.

I didn’t do well the first time going through the book. After he slept, I had to do some mini-research with Google before coming back to him the next day reading the same book again.

From there, clarifications now became an important process in learning. As my son tries to reiterate his understanding of what I am explaining to him in the different concepts introduced in the book and also for me to clarify any misconceptions that I was introducing. I have discovered that teaching him helps me understand that when I communicate with my colleagues, it was always important to seek clarifications if needed so all of us are on the same wavelength.

I found myself discovering more about koalas, From koalas being Marsupial (pouch animals), their main diet of eucalyptus leaves, and also how they sleep in weird positions as well(They grapple onto branches in weird positions to sleep and they don’t lie down like us humans). Learning is a continuous process and we live for learning things all the time. Books combined with reliable sources from the internet are powerful tools for teaching and learning.

All I wanted to say is, you’re never too old to learn kids stuff. There’s always something to learn every day!

Here’s my final points on a Koala mindmap

Koala Mindmap

Barry Ng

It's easy to teach, but difficult to enforce. My objectives are to ensure learning occurs and is infused into the mind of the learner.

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