At a children’s’ education center the theme for the visitors on the day I tagged along was “Plants”.
The theme rooms were full of displays, art, and the “science” section was tricked out with learning centers about plant growth, photosynthesis, and the life cycle of plants.
The learning centers immediately grabbed the focus of the young smiling visitors. They read the question cards and wrote answers using stubby pencils.
Those developing scholars with 100% correct answers were given a long-stem rosebud and if the learners gave any incorrect answers the attendants gave them a fancy carnation.
Now you might think, “Well done creating a class system among youngsters.” Here are my observations.
When a child returned to the learning center and tried another question and succeeded they received a daisy to go with their carnation.
Daisies, acrylic on cedar panel.
Those who tried again had a fist full of flowers; even those who had initially received a rose went back until all the flowers were given out.
The class presented their flowers as a group bouquet to their teachers.
I was told the outcomes from the student’s performance may vary from day to day, if things went better today than yesterday so much the better. What the children learned every day and reported to their teachers and to their parents was for them the most fun was to play and to do as well as possible and to like your friends.
When I have a formidable problem or when my designs somehow miss the mark, I will go back for a do-over to do as well as possible and to like my friends.
I will remember the daisies.