"You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you."
When was the last time you decided to try something new? Not an improvement of a skill that you already had, but something completely new and different? It’s a situation that requires one to put away fear of judgement and to be open to the unfamiliar. It encourages you to use all of your senses and to figure out what style of learning works best for you.
Do you remember what it was like to learn how to ride a bike, to play a musical instrument or to use a computer? You made connections to what you already knew, but you were open to discovering what would happen when you tried a different strategy. You may have fallen or played a squeaky note, but experimentation lead to small successes, which caused you to persevere. Being aware of the fact that you were not an expert and were open to the experiences that came with learning helped you to enjoy your progress.
Children are generally better at learning new things than adults. They are anxious to experiment and see what will happen. They analyze the results and try again. If children are encouraged to persevere without criticism, they are open to taking their own path and their own pace.
Green Acres is a camp that provides new and exciting experiences for all ages. Campers are encouraged to be beginners, to experiment, and to take risks. Children who have never played an instrument before are able to perform at Parents’ Morning after a few weeks. Kids who might never have used a camera or played a sport are supported by their counselors to try! A whole new world opens up for them, which encourages them to continue be beginners over and over.
Try something new with your child. Be a beginner and show him/her that learning is a wonderful experience. Support your child’s ideas, even if they are different than yours. Discover together that there is a world of opportunity waiting to be explored if you are willing to be a beginner.
Come to our Summer in the Snow on January 9 to get to know us or to rekindle camp friendships.
It is sure to be a great learning experience!
Green Acres Camp: the place to be!
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