“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
The above quote is often attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius, and Benjamin Franklin and Maria Montessori are also credited with variations:
"In the words of the child: 'I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.'"Dr. Maria Montessori
We are thankful to all of the above people, because we have found this concept to be very helpful in working with children. Children are happiest when they are making things happen in the real world. Think of a child completing his or her first puzzle or riding a bike with no training wheels for the first time. Often we will hear an excited voice call out, "I did it!" At Hogg's Hollow, we live to help children experience those moments.
Some years ago, one of our students actually asked us to keep our preschool open on the weekend, so he could come every day. When we heard him explain his ideas on how we could stay open seven days a week, we knew that we were doing something right!
Perhaps Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson comes closest to articulating our philosophy on teaching children. Dr. Tyson is an astrophysicist and in 2014, he began hosting Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey which is an update to Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage series from 1980.
“Research and education has shown that field trips are remembered long into adulthood. Why?, because you’re experiencing something rather than simply reading it in a book… To experience something has a far more profound effect on your ability to remember and influence you than if you simply read it in a book. So why not figure out a way to turn a lesson plan into a living expression of that content. A living expression, so that sparks can be ignited and flames can be fanned within the students. And at that point, it doesn’t matter what grade they get on the exam because they are stimulated to want to learn more. ”Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
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