Total Immersion Learning

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.

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  1. R. Douglas McRae says:

    Janet,
    Having travelled many times with school children, I agree fully with you and appreciate the richness you are bringing to your grandchildren’s lives. I’m aware of the same benefits as an adult when I travel, but I see the effect most in Marlys. I have enjoyed watching her world expand through the experiences we have had on our travels together. I must say, also, that I am in awe of your energetic writing career!
    Doug McRae

    • jdieman says:

      Doug,
      So great to hear from you. I’ve been meaning to respond to your recent email but am swamped. I typically write from 2am – 6am in addition to several hours later in the day. I’m LOVING this new venture probably because, like travel, I’m learning so much. I’m thrilled to be able to write books that include so much more than words and pictures. My hope is my books will be a vicarious experience for those who are not able to travel. I keep getting more ideas with each new project. This format of communication, though in its infancy, it not unlike the second Gutenberg revolution. I’ll be completing book three soon and may take a short break to catch up on other things. Next up is Scotland. Actually, can’t wait to start this book (which may turn into two books there is so much to share). Thanks so much for your encouraging support. Best to you and Marlys.
      Janet

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