I sometimes will look up words on Wiki just to follow a trail of links… its fun.
Today i found: Autodidacticism link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autodidacticism
I love it. Its exactly what seems to be happening in this house.
Raghu and Zoya will be helped along when they need it and will hopefully always be given rich environments to draw upon…. but ultimately its them pushing themselves thru life and its mysteries… because they want to thrive, learn and become more than they are. Its back to the best example there is: A baby wanting to walk and talk and make stuff happen just like the adults around him. No time-limits, no artificial gains, no coercion. Just be around them and interact and follow their needs… and they respond. Its amazing.
This example always lets me get out of my children’s paths and let them be. So when Raghu says 60 + 60 is 1200, right amma? and i say.. actually its 120 and offer to show him why… and he says no thank you, not right now… i say okay and let it lie. A few minutes later he comes back and says oh actually its 600 plus 600, right amma? He knows a lot. Some days he wants me to show him… and some days he does not. But that does not mean he is not figuring things out constantly in his head.