Do you know what sweetness is? Were you born knowing what sweetness is, or did you have to experience sweetness to understand?
That’s the question we were asking today as we learned about John Locke.
In case you were wondering, yes, this is another part of our summer adventure listening to Susan Wise Bauer’s The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Vol. 3: Early Modern Times, 2nd Edition (9 CDs).
The John Locke experiment comes from page 99 of The Story of the World Activity Book Three: Early Modern Times. Parents read actual exerpts from John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, while kids eat the sweet stuff.
Then you have a discussion about how John Locke believed people were born as a “blank slate”, or “tabula rasa”.
As activities go, this one only took about five minutes. But hey, how many 8-year-olds and 4-year-olds are out there learning about John Locke this summer?
You might even say that my kids were born blank slates with ultimate potential, but their mommy is turning them into nerds, one summer day at a time…