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Edification — n 1. improvement, instruction, or enlightenment, esp when morally or spiritually uplifting

Smiling, nodding, teaching. Loving!

Big thanks to the friend who hooked us up with this link! There is a short commercial before the feed comes on.

I keep forgetting about this website, which is dumb because the boys love it! They are more than happy to give up their morning TV show to watch this instead. I’m going to make a note of it and we will start checking on these guys every morning while I get breakfast together.

Some questions I asked Mowgli this morning about the video (preschool Socratic method!):

  • Where do Eagles live?
  • Why do birds like to live in nests?
  • How do they get so high up?
  • Are these birds vegetarians or carnivores? [He knows the difference from dinosaur National Geographic movies]
  • How do you know they are carnivores?
  • Why is he sitting on his babies?
  • Where do you think the Momma eagle is?
  • Why can’t baby eagle birds go get their own food?
  • Why did the Daddy eagle act that way when the motorcycle went by?

So on and so forth, you get the idea. We just did this as I went about my business in the kitchen. All very casual.

A couple things are happening in a scene like this. First, the boys are feeling a connection to nature even though we can not actually be out in it exploring with all our senses on this particular day. Secondly, by reaching into his brain for the answers to the questions (as opposed to being given a list of facts from me), Mowgli is forming dendrites. These are the fundamental building blocks for the all-important cerebral pathways through which true learning takes place. Dendrites are literally the SPARK of knowledge, and they are the scientific basis for the somewhat abstract sapient objectives parents and educators tend to have.

All of that to say, remember that the internet can be a positive platform for learning. You can combine almost anything with open-ended questions to get a conversation going, spark an interest and get synapses firing up a storm!

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