“..like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
Today, my son and I spent over five hours pulling all of his Lego toys apart and putting them back together again. We made the mistake of putting all of the sets into one big plastic box, to keep them all in one place. So, in an effort to keep each set separate, we have rebuilt them (to make certain every little piece is still there) and then put them into their own separate bags clearly labelled. Now, it will be much easier to just pull them out of the box, knowing each piece is there, to play with and them to put back again in a more organised way.
While we were building the sets, we kept coming across tiny pieces that we were finding difficult to find, we had to keep searching the bottom of the box (I don’t know if you realise how small Lego is until you have about twenty different sets of it, all jumbled at the bottom of a very large box!). When you buy Lego, let’s take the big Police Station for example, it looks huge on the front cover. When you open it for the first time, you find about six or seven plastic bags full of miniature pieces of Lego and wonder how on earth it will build up to make the picture on the box! But, it always does.
My son at the start of this whole process this morning, would ask me whether we really needed that tiny piece we had spent ages looking for……but he quickly gathered that if even just one tiny piece was missing, the whole set couldn’t be built correctly. That is all it takes, just one tiny piece……
This is the same in the learning process. This is what causes the ‘gaps’ in learning…..why we are now always talking about ‘closing the gap.’ For example, if a child never sufficiently learns how to add two digit numbers, but continues to learn other more complicated mathematical concepts, still never mastering addition of two digit numbers, they will begin to struggle and begin to fall behind their peers. All it takes is one aspect, but a ‘vital’ and ‘key’ skill that is needed to build upon. Why do we move on with the curriculum with every child, when there are still some who have not fully understood the core and essential concepts needed for a secure foundation? If these key skills are not identified and children are not confident in using them, the rest of their academic years will lack the stability and rigour needed for high achievement.
Lego blocks, building blocks and learning blocks……they all need a solid and well formed foundation in order to be stable and secure and if any new blocks are to be placed on top…….