Published by Lori Pickert on August 25, 2011 at 02:04 PM

Gever Tulley’s TED Talk about the importance of tinkering. Via MindShift.


Comment by Tracey on August 25, 2011 at 05:44 PM

Maybe I will get my son those tools. He's been begging for them for a few months now. I was afraid of the destruction, but maybe with a few rules he can handle it.

Comment by teddy on September 3, 2011 at 01:37 PM


Comment by Elizabeth on October 22, 2011 at 01:26 AM

We've been moving so it's been awhile since I've been able to enjoy your blog but I'm sure glad I found some time this evening.

One thing that struck me in this video was when he said one of his tasks was to help guide the project along to its completion.

This is where I struggle as a project-based homeschooling parent. My daughter will get very excited about a project and then move on to something else. Sometimes because she gets bored with it, sometimes because she has had a new inspiration and then there are those times that she hits a stumbling block and puts it aside for good. For instance, she has illustrated countless fairy and mermaid stories but has only written a few pages of a couple of the stories before moving on to the next story to be illustrated. All of the stories are in her head and I've tried numerous ways to get her to write them down even offering to transcribe them for her.

I know I have several sewing and crochet projects in the works and countless others I want to begin so it's hard for me to tell her to finish something when there's lots of projects I don't intend to get back to because I lost interest.

It's not like she doesn't finish anything. She's taken up sewing lately and she's made tons of stuffies, pillows, bags, eye masks, shorts for her doll from a skirt pattern that she altered herself. She loves to bake and makes all the desserts in our house even on the holidays.

There just seems to be a fine line between guiding and forcing. And there's that ever constant voice that keeps telling me she needs to learn to have follow-through even when it's unpleasant...so finish a story already. ;-).

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