The Gardener and the Carpenter is a surprise treat for parents who are trying their best to parent their children. What does it mean to parent, anyway? Is it right to parent a child as if the word, “parent” is a verb or should we allow our children to learn by exploring their world and the people and things within that world?
- children learn by actively engaging their social and physical environments and drawing logical inferences based on what they see, hear, and in other ways experience.
- We adults can help them best not by teaching, but by making sure that they have adequate social and physical environments and time and space in which to explore.
- But essentially your job is to shape that material into a final product that will fit the scheme you had in mind to begin with.
“The more that young children are integrated into the real world of other children and adults, the more they will learn about that world and discover their places in it.”