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"What makes people smart, curious, alert, observant, competent, confident, resourceful, persistent - in the broadest and best sense, intelligent- is not having access to more and more learning places, resources, and specialists, but being able in their lives to do a wide variety of interesting things that matter, things that challenge their ingenuity, skill, and judgement, and that make an obvious difference in their lives and the lives of people around them."
Of course, a child may not know what he may need to know in ten years (who does?), but he knows, and much better than anyone else, what he wants and needs to know right now, what his mind is ready and hungry for. If we help him, or just allow him, to learn that, he will remember it, use it, build on it. If we try to make him learn something else, that we think is more important, the chances are that he won't learn it, or will learn very little of it, that he will soon forget most of what he learned, and what is worst of all, will before long lose most of his appetite for learning anything.
- John Holt, How Children Learn.
Coming to the question asked by a 6 year old kid, " What is Sky? Aasma kya hai?"
It is was really tough to explain the fact or may be mind isn't developed to understand the articulation, morphology and syntax.
To keep it short and simple, I tired to address by breaking the word (Aas in Hindi means - Hope) (Maan- To keep or believe). Once we combine the complete meaning we get "Hope with belief."
In general, I feel..
A hope is a very small strength to move and progress against the subtle and unexplained obstacle in the path towards goal. In the darkest room a small sound of mother gives a hope which is biggest strength that darkness isn't bigger but to come out of it is really the goal for a child.
to be continued.....