Construction Not Instruction Junction
Whenever I look at a Construction Junction class at Romp n’ Roll, I think of my nephew Ben. Since earning his Ph.D. at Stanford, he has been working for a variety of companies out in Silicon Valley and has been developing all sorts of innovative high-tech devices and software systems that are revolutionizing almost every aspect of our lives.
When Ben was a preschooler, he was enamored with Lego blocks and other construction materials. Consequently, his grandparents were always buying him elaborate sets that came with impressive illustrations and extensive instructions. Then, while they subsequently would be dismayed to see him toss out the illustrations and ignore the instructions, they ultimately couldn’t help but be amazed by what he eventually built using his own imagination.
That’s what I love about Construction Junction. The little ones are given appropriate guidance and assistance as they pursue their projects, but the emphasis is on encouraging individual creativity rather than requiring adherence to pre-set directions. After all, anyone can learn how to build a good mousetrap. But if you figure out how to build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door. My nephew Ben would have felt very much at home in this class.
Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.