There are many ways to learn. Most of our learning is vicarious through reading or seeing a graphic/pictorial reproduction of an object or event.
But the best way to learn is from direct involvement. When we participate in something directly, all the cells in our body respond. The experience becomes part of our consciousness. The learning is complete.
That’s why I believe it is so critical for children to travel. Where else can they be in an environment where they are the only one who can’t understand what is being said in a conversation. Where they can’t read and understand signs, menus, newspapers. Where money, customs, food, and how to flush the toilet are different.
There is an intellectual response. An emotional response. An AHA response. Our ability to function in such a setting requires us to learn, to risk, and to rely on inner strengths. We emerge as creative problem solvers more confident in our ability to observe, evaluate, and seek alternate solutions. We grow in our understanding of our strengths and capabilities. We become competent. We engage in a larger world. And trust our ability to function in it.
Total immersion learning is unequaled by any other type of learning. Travel offers TIL (total immersion learning) every day. Learning that can be enhanced by guidance from the adults who help the child notice, interpret, and respond to situations in a new and unfamiliar setting. Rich.