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We all ripen at different times

A few years back, after a road trip where I noticed different types of trees all intermingling, I wrote a blog about how they seem to all live together just fine.  Why can’t people.

I was reminded of this the other day, while picking blueberries.  A large bunch is on a branch.  Some are still green, some pink, some light purple, and some blue.  They are all on the same branch yet getting ripe at different times.  Of course, some are on the underside, so they may not be getting as much sun.  In reality, some of the bottom ones were riper than the top ones that got full sun.  What causes this cluster of blueberries to ripen at different times?  (I have no clue, so if you do feel free to drop me a note.)

Then, like the tree blog, I equated the question to people.  Students to be more specific. 

We are coming to the end of the school year.  Some of your children may already be enjoying their summer.  Think of this bunch of blueberries as a classroom.

Everyone comes in fresh (green).  Throughout the course of the year, they will all ripen into the wise students that move on to the next grade level.  That doesn’t necessarily mean they all ripened at the same time!

Some students take longer to grasp certain topics, or concepts.  There could be many reasons for this:

  • cognitive development struggles
  • too many things going on at home to give their full attention to school
  • great at history but not so great at math (raising my hand)
  • special education accommodations
  • Visual learner
  • Tactile learner
  • Any number of other possibilities

Each student in a classroom is unique with their own challenges and strengths.  We should not expect all children to learn the same thing at the same time.  We need to understand how a student learns best and teach in a way that offers them the greatest opportunity for success.  We need to believe in them, that they will be ripe blueberries by the end of the year.

Having said all that, let’s not allow the children to wither over the summer.  Studies show that 2 months of reading skills and 2 1/2 months of math skills are lost over a single summer, if the student doesn’t keep their skills up.

There are plenty of summer reading programs; you could take your child to the library and let them pick out books that will interest them.  There are a ton of educational math games that most kids love to play.  Make learning fun over the summer, but… keep them learning.

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