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On the weekend I posted over at Aussie Homeschool on the idea that pondering is a part of learning.   This word “ponder” has really stayed on my mind so I started digging into synonyms which always brings up words  with just a little twist.  The more I thought about these words, the more I started to see  the importance of making these things happen for my kids – or reality is – not so much making them happen but allowing the time for them to brew in our lifestyle.

Do these words exist in our learning experiences?

Ponder:  consider, contemplate, deliberate, muse, think over, wonder about, mull over, meditate upon

Consider:  reflect, deliberate, contemplate, ponder, study, cogitate, ruminate, take into account, chew over, weight up,

Think: believe, judge, regard as, dwell on, turn over, linger, toy with, speculate,

Meditate: muse, imagine, envisage, think, picture, consider, study, weigh, reflect,

Watch: examine, observe, survey, scrutinize, look, stare at,

Deliberate: thoughtful, slow, cautious, unhurried, measured, methodical, purposeful, intentional,

I wonder if some of the more frustrating traits that some of my kids have – of lingering, of being narrow focused or obsessed, of seemingly dreaming and thinking off topic may not be actually learning!  Something to think about!!

The challenge I’m left with is the sense that this is not a quick process – the very word ponder (which got me started here) is a slow, steady, deliberate process.  Do I allow time for my kids to interact with what they are learning – to ponder?  Or is it all about a quick lesson and moving on?

Something to ponder on ourselves!!

Read the whole article over at Aussie Homeschool Blog:  Make Time for True Learning

 

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