Enabling the Future

by Terry 5/22/2008 4:49:00 PM

When I asked my daughter, Kaitlin, who is eight, if she would like to work lab experiments with me, she said she really, really wanted to do that. And, without prompting by me, started listing of things she would need; goggles, an apron and a notebook. That last part surprised me. I asked her what she would record in her notebook. She replied that she would record what she did and what she saw with each experiment. Again, I was surprised by this.

When I was her age, I recall simple earth-science experiments in school and assignments to record the observations. I do not think I, at that time and age, could have articulated what the purpose was of the lab notebook. (This was not because I was dull. I was often bored in class. My teachers wanted to put me with the ‘special needs’ kids until my mother demanded that they stop doing that. At which time I started to gain some interest in school again. It was the later-half of high school and college when I could pick the classes that interested me where I became an honors student.)

Naturally, I have a bit of pride at Kaitlin’s grasp of science. More than anything, I want to enable channels of success for her. Keeping her interested in the sciences is one of the best way I can think of to enable her.

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I am a software architect, actively practice and teach martial arts and live in Snoqualmie, Washington. I have an amazing daughter who is the jewel of my life.

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