We are now building the foundation of the city in the City Building project. Remember the planning phase where I discussed the importance and the components of planning? In this foundation phase, I will discuss similar topics in relationship to the foundation.
Foundation as Support
When I think of the word foundation, I think of something that supports something else. Now, I know there are more descriptive definitions out there. In the City Building book, I will provide more depth. For now, I would like you to key in on the word “support.”
As I said before, the City Building project is about educating kids in a creative and fun way. As we build the structures, they will witness how the pieces come together. The foundation, which is our table, is the platform our city will sit upon. This is an important lesson, not just in education, but for life in general.
In education, a constant building occurs from one concept to the next. Our table is made of wood. The poles that support our table top are made of a hard plastic. This structure provides the support we need to begin building the next phase.
Think about reading, writing, and arithmetic as your foundation subjects. The “poles” are phonics for reading, grammar for writing, and problem solving for arithmetic. As you learn, you build onto them as a foundation for careers in Science, Engineering, Nursing, or Social Work.
Foundation as a Beginning
Foundation provides a starting point—a beginning. It can be a metaphor for lessons or a case study for more complex concepts. Our City Building project is the foundation I will use to teach educational topics and life skills to my kids. The foundation provides a solid structure and keeps the mission on track. This works with family, groups, and institutions.
For example, you desire a family in which honesty, trust, and gratitude are the foundation platforms. You reinforce these platforms by example, interaction, and discussion. The task of each family member is to build structures of love, relationship, success, and more onto the foundation.
The City Building project will function the same way. As we build, education and life skills will be taught, modeled, and reinforced.
Foundation and Materials
When building a foundation, you always want the materials you use to demonstrate the ability to support whatever it is that you are building. I have found that the best foundations have a few things in common. They are sturdy, level, and solid.
A great old time classic that illustrates this point is the story of the three little pigs. Remember, each pig built their house out of a different material. The first pig used straw. The second used sticks. The third used bricks. The materials they used played a role in how each house held up when the big bad wolf came to threaten and attempt to blow it down.
You know the story. Because straw and sticks are not very stable materials, the wolf was able to blow the houses down. That was not the case with the third pig who built his house with bricks. The pig’s house stood strong, unmovable, because the foundation was strong and sturdy.
We are illustrating the same with the city building project, the foundation is strong and solid for learning and engaging kids in the creative process of education. As you build on your foundation for your projects keep these topics in mind and the big bad wolf (whatever form he takes) won’t be able to blow your house down.
[Taunya is nurse, author, and a two year homeschool veteran. Her Summer includes travel, writing, and projects with the kids. Find her author page at facebook.com/authorTSW]