Think Like an Engineer
However, the insights from the book can help all kids to think like an engineer. Many states have adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). As an educator and leader of kids, I appreciate that the standards allow us to do more than just teach content in science. We also model skills like thinking like an engineer to solve problems.
Insight into Introversion vs. Shyness
The story in the book is one that introverted kids will relate. Rosie has the ability to imagine and solve problems but tends to work on her own without input from others.
Do you lead an introverted child with an imagination that seems hard to draw out? If so, it is easy to categorize him or her as shy. Read the book by Susan Cain called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking or check out the resources on her website Quiet Revolution. If you are not an introvert yourself, Cain's work will give you a healthy respect for kids who take a quieter approach to learning and expressing talent.
Have a Conversation
When you share this book with a child that you suspect is an introvert, ask them questions in a gentle easy going conversation format. Here are some questions to get you started:
- Why did Rosie like to work alone?
- Do you ever like to work alone?
- In the story Rosie got her invention to "float" off the ground for a moment. Look at what she used. What would make it float?
- What would be a good next step for Rosie as she continues to learn how to make her heli-o-cheese-copter work?
See where the conversations goes from there. Perhaps the student will want to learn more about helicopters? With a little conversation they can be encouraged to apply the concepts of imagination and determination to a project they already love as much as Rosie loved making gadgets and gizmos.
Here are a two resources for those that want to learn more about helicopters.
A video from How Stuff Works.
An article by Helen Krasner, a Commercial Pilot for helicopters
Cup of Leadership is a blog for people who lead children
Deanne Bryce is a writer for young children and an advocate for personal leadership at all ages. This post is part of a category of posts from a project called Book Drops for Kids. The project promotes using picture books to inspire interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) thinking.
At least once a month a picture book is purchased from an independent book store and “dropped” in a little library to for someone to use. STEM related conversations for these books are posted on Cup of Leadership. Check the Facebook page to see other books that have been dropped.
This book was dropped in the Little Free Library that is located inside the Unity Point Clinic. It is open to the public during business hours. It was sponsored by Eat, Play, Love Des Moines.