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How far are you willing to go to educate your children? Would you hand over your laptop and a bunch of tools to your child to see what he/she can figure out? Well that’s exactly what we’re planning to do. Now before you think I’m completely crazy, I would just like to point out that I’m not going to use my current laptop, or any working laptop for that matter. I have at home my previous laptop which quite useless. It is over five years old and has also suffered some water damage, so it is worth more to me as an educational prop than anything else.
Children are at the peak of human levels of curiosity therefor as parents we should do our best to nurture and encourage this as much as we are able. Now most people might think that this is dangerous or above their level, which is most likely the reason why most of us go to a specialist whenever anything breaks down. We have become so dependent upon others in many fields due to our lack of knowledge and experience that we often find this hurts us at some point in time in the future. We hope to give our children the opportunity to be not only ‘book smart’ but also have knowledge of practical hands on skills, in order to be as self-sufficient as possible. For this we are going to start taking thins apart! At no point in time will we use any electrial apliances and we supervise the entire operation as we assist the child in learning the skills of using new tools.
For our first task our goal is pretty simple, I am going to clean off the table, place the laptop on it with a set of tools and let my son get to work. I will instruct him that we want to take the laptop apart, clean all of the pieces and try to figure out their purpose, and then finally try to put it back together again.
There are many things that I hope my son learns from this,
1. The different parts of a laptop
2. How to use tools, such as a screw driver
3. How to organize
4. Exercise his Memory
5. The intricacy of an appliance and how much work goes into putting it together
6. The value of not playing with appliances, because fixing them can be difficult, if not expensive.
Once we are done inshaállah we will post a photo album of the process on our facebook page. Inshállah in the future we hope to move onto things like radios, cell phones, and other old appliances.
**Please take all safety procautions, consult your local electician before attemping such acts, and do so at your own risk. 🙂