I just love when we run across things related to CC memory work in our normal lives. Of course, I’m not sure that every family is like ours – watching educational youtube videos after dinner – but still. What can I say? We might be a bit geeky here.
There happened to be a Smarter Every Day video about tanks.
Smarter Every Day videos (if you’ve never watched any) tend to be under 5 minutes and packed with information. The man in the videos often will quote a Bible verse or will have a verse in the credits. Other than that, we don’t know much about him, but we really enjoy watching his work.
Anyway, about the tanks. Very early in the video, the man is on the first tank ever made (in 1917 by Great Britian). We quickly paused the video and had the kids figure out which war (and talked about why tanks might have been needed – trench warfare, no man’s land). The kids reviewed memory work for a quick minute. Then if you continue for another minute, he talks about why tanks were called that in the first place. You’ll have to watch the video to get the answer, but it was something I didn’t know.
I think one way to teach our children to be life-long learners is to show them that we are continuing to learn every day. How do you teach your kids to be life-long learners?
Of course, I’m pretty sure we don’t have the corner on being geeks. What geeky things does your family do?