Yesterday during tutoring, my little reader read about Muhammed Ali. At first, my little reader had no clue who he was. We talked a little, she read about him and then we did a search for him on the internet. I love helping little readers make real world connections. When they read about something or someone on paper and then see real life photos or videos, their little eyes get bright and their faces light up almost as if you can see the connection right as it happens. Bringing something to life makes the learning so much more meaningful. To me real life learning is powerful. To me, real life learning should never end.
One of the things my little reader and I discovered is that today happens to be Muhammed Ali's birthday. I love that my little reader used her math skills to determine that he is 72 years old. On our little discovery journey, I was reminded just how important Muhammed Ali is to our culture and history. I saw him in the big picture sense, that real world connection. Though I do not know Muhammed Ali personally, I found a personal connection to him. His determination and his beliefs reminded me of my own private struggles. He is a fighter and a believer. And so am I.
Happy Birthday, Champ.