Once our towhead was obsessed with finding, catching and staring at frogs.
I was wondering if he still liked to catch frogs. I asked him if I could interview him about it. Below our brief interview I explain what I think catching frogs helped he and his sister learn.
Typical to any sixteen year-old, he mumbled the following responses.
Do you still catch frogs?
Yeah, I still like to catch them.
What is the appeal for picking up a frog?
I’m kind of afraid to pick up frogs (but) I want to look at them closely. Capturing them is fun. It’s a challenge to figure out how to do it.
How do you do catch them?
First, I wet my hands. I trick it to jump to a place where I can catch it, grab it quickly around the waist and scoop it up into my hand without squeezing it.
(author’s note: frogs are amphibians and breathe through their skin. The oils of your hand effect their breathing, but apparently wetting your hands first helps with that problem.)
Do you care about identifying it?
Well, if it’s a poison dart frog it’s kind of important to know what kind of frog it is, but I mostly like to look closely at its eyes and face.
I put it back where I found it and look for another one.
Sister pipes in:
It’s really weird and gross when we caught toads in Hawaii and they would pee and swell up in your hand!
What did they learn?
Our son has “an ability to find and distinguish different animals in the natural world.” This is an example of “Naturalist Intelligence” coined by Howard Gardner.
I wonder if they were using an “Interpersonal Intelligence.” That would mean that they were understanding the mood and intention of the frog they were holding.
Check out my Pinterest page and when you do, look for a Board on the top titled “Ideal Education.” I use images from that group for quickie-posts interpreting intrinsic learning.