Reading, writing and arithmetic

       All very well, but don't they have lesson?
When they will learn reading, writing and arithmetic?

What lesson?
Even more lessons?

What do you think
they have done so far?

Is there a more important
lesson than play?

As for writing, reading and arithmetic,
they don't need to learn it, because they
have already mastered it long ago.

They learned it without realizing
they were being taught.

The entire "curriculum"
was hidden in the games.

This is one of the key tactics:

learning without realizing that you are learning.
Only "in passing".

Your main interest is the game, but "on the side" for the needs
of the game perhaps you must read, write or calculate something.

Well, you do it, without being distracted
from your serious occupation, the game.

Writing, reading and arithmetic are the very useful tools
that you need for the game, not goals in themselves.

The girl who painted the "adventure in the frozen north" perhaps
wants to write a message on the snow, to be read by the other
members of the mission, who are following in the balloon.

If she can't manage it herself, another child will "in passing" help her,
without interrupting his game, or if necessary she will ask the assistant,
who "accidentally" at this moment just passes by.

And the other one with the beads and the secret code, he has to solve
a very difficult problem of reading, writing and arithmetic, to convert the
words of the message to a succession of colours in the necklace, which
will be given to the Indian chief.

If he has difficulties, then, "the council of elders"
must come from the camp to help him.

And if they cannot agree on the
correct solution, then this is the
"golden opportunity" for the teacher.

She will pass by "accidentally" to see "why all this fuss",
she will open up the discussion asking for each child's
opinion, so that the whole class starts to pay attention
and then she will "let them alone" to find the solution
through discussion.

When the discussion is over, no one, neither the composer on the
xylophone, nor the constructers of the space station, or the Indian
chief, who will all continue their work, that means their game, would
have realized that they had just attended a very serious and very
difficult lesson about writing, reading and arithmetic.

When all children are tired, the teacher will gather them around
her, to tell them a story or to read them something from a book.

Perhaps about the adventures of the
Peary mission to the North Pole.

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