Learning Lessons, Part 2: HashTag Christmas
You’re a six-year-old child and you’re in front of the television watching a show like Minecraft or Skylanders, watching claymation or Hello Kitty and those miniature figurines that you can give as gifts. And now, some of the other shows are starting to show up.
We all know that the real meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with the gift, even the more symbolic gifts can be forgotten. Are too many of us so wrapped up in how things look that we no longer recall that one of the things that helped the season thrive was the act of interacting with other people?
Our children’s intellectual ability is brightening up, however, so I’ve looked into a new game called HashTag Christmas that presents students with a challenge. The idea of going outside and venturing into the world to learn something new has to come after a knowledge of certain things. It may be the color red or how four little gold stars form, but there’s always a way to learn these things—and it doesn’t necessarily mean Christmas lessons.
Instead of the obsession with a perfect gift, the more worthwhile thing for them to do, then, is to think up a way to better learn things or come up with a talent. Maybe it’s drawing or writing. Perhaps it’s something else they find interesting—sometimes our six-year-olds are much more creative than we give them credit for.
So let’s take this game challenge head on and celebrate their talents through the power of technology. Just think, when our children come to this skill as adults, we’ll be able to show them the application of a little better than they ever could through puzzles, games, books or anything that can be used to learn.
Of course, if we don’t want to think of their special talents from a purely scientific sense—which takes more time—we can tell them what “number number” are for math and, heck, even just tell them that “number one is one hundred forty-seven.”
This game, though, is a game that kids can get into. They can really put into practice their talent in learning, and parents can be more thankful for the time we spend with them.
They really do teach us, and I think we’ll have much more to give thanks for.