I am glad to say I am on the road to recovery and the lessons continue; it will be good to have the sound of children around me again and the chance to pass on ideas, methods and skills which will stand them in good stead as they move up the learning ladder to their own success.
So what do we expect from a 10 year old?
A very good programme was made about this a while back and many of these 10 year olds made an even larger number of adults appear stupid, or at least limited in their knowledge. At ten, a child is like a very large aircraft hanger, the doors are open and awaiting the delivery of facts and ideas and skills so they can pack them in. Once understood these skills blend into one another seamlessly, and we look upon them with awe and wonder, "How did they DO that?" The only thing they lack is life skills which they acquire over the next 20 years and hey presto we have an engineer, or a teacher, or a lawyer or an office worker. Remarkable things can be produced by these fertile minds and I want to share with you one which came my way the other week.
Written by a 10 year old this piece of work reflects all the thought and reflection one would expect of a 16 year old. The only skill it lacks is that of 'association' which, in places, is already starting to show through. Empathy is a hard skill to teach, in fact it is something children grow into understanding and can start to develop during their early teen years. By the time girls are about 12 years of age they have started to write as if they are there, involved in the story, giving it that edge which holds the readers attention and takes them into the plot. Boys can develop it at any stage but they tend to start showing it in their writing when they are older. Here anyway, is a piece of work written by a 10 year old. Permission to publish it here was granted.