Mikro is a wonderful, brilliant kid, but... He's a bit of a perfectionist. And sometimes that leads to him balking at trying something new, because he isn't sure he'll do it to his exacting standards. He tends to sit back and watch for a while and think things through before being willing to explore something new. I've spent a lot of time telling him that there is nothing bad about making mistakes. It's how we learn. I even bought him a book about inventions and scientific discoveries that were "mistakes" to try to reinforce this concept. So I was happy to show him this video, called "Failure: The Secret to Success," from Honda's web site:
We found it because Honda is sponsoring National Geographic Channel's Great Migrations web site. Yesterday we participated in a virtual assembly about Great White Sharks, which will be posted to the website soon, for anyone who missed it. There are lots of educational resources-- videos, lesson plans, worksheets, etc. And the assembly was also linked to the very awesome Jason Project which has free curriculum materials about energy, geology, weather, and ecology. Very interesting sites, and a "something new" that Mikro has enthusiastically embraced.