Thoughts From the Coffee Table: As a child I loved to start the new school year with the “What did you do this summer?” activity. It seemed like a good way to get back into the swing of things, and I thought that it might be a way for teachers to ease back in as well.
Now I wonder if there was more to it. The assignment shows writing skills, vocabulary, imagination, and even insight into family dynamics, which is important to understand and teach these unique humans.
One of my nieces was asked what she wanted to accomplish for the summer. This seemed novel. Asking a child to think ahead. To set goals. To have a plan.
One of her goals was to bake a 3 layer cake. All by herself. She is 8.
Her cake was utter creativity. She didn’t create 3 typical layers. She made 2 layers even and one on top, offset and a completely different color. She is a cake disrupter!
She added colors to the frosting to achieve a 3 color marvel, and something unique and truly hers. And of course, it was delicious.
When I asked her if she wanted some other cake recipes to try she said “No thank you.” She had achieved the cake goal and had other non-cake issues to tackle. She tasted success, and was ready to bite off more.
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