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Childhood Fascination

Tutoring doesn’t just happen with books and worksheets at the kitchen table.

A.J. was focused, motivated, captivated and expectant. What else could a tutor want from a child?

Lots of learning happened at the end of the dock.


We set the minnow trap and those little fishes didn’t seem to care that the hotdog buns had seeds on them. They swarmed the trap and slowly but surely, got caught.



A.J. was conducting all sorts of experiments with the fishing net and quickly realized that his reflexes weren’t as quick as a minnow’s!



He was pretty excited about his catch . . .20150601_165519


. . . and delighted to take a closer look!20150601_170037


There is something about a young child and fish.

Our minnow trap has become the easiest way to placate the dreaded, “I’m bored – there’s nothing to do” declaration when little ones are around and the most fascinating way to keep a child’s attention when I’m tutoring these days.

It’s an awesome way to teach simple truths about life because the questions keep coming.

How does that fish poop?

Why does the fish’s eyes bulge?

Will he bite me?

Where do all these fish come from?

Is this a baby shark?

Do fish like hotdogs? 

Can fish tell the difference between pieces of bread and my toes?

Can I rip this fish in two pieces?

How come all the minnows like to swim around the stairs?

Can I take this minnow trap on my camping trip? Then we won’t have to buy bait, right?

I like the way you tutor — I didn’t even know I learned anything today and the time went by so fast!


It was Albert Einstein who said, “The important thing is not to start questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

I couldn’t agree more.

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
Dorothy Parker




  1. Wonderful and meaningful blog!!
    You are a natural teacher who inspires curiosity!!

    • Diane (Author)

      Thanks, Kathy. It’s easy to inspire curiosity when I, myself am always asking questions! Just ask Chris! He only allows me 10 “why” questions/day! 🙂 Ha, ha!

  2. Christine (AJ's proud mother)

    AJ had a blast and is looking forward to tomorrow’s tutoring session. You are and amazing teacher/tutor, Diane, and you embrace AJ’s love of learning and his curiosity of the world around him and you taught Anthony and myself to embrace it as well when it comes to both of our children. Thank you so much!

    • Diane (Author)

      Thanks, Chrissy for your very kind words. I truly enjoy tutoring A.J. – he loves life, embraces challenge and yes, he is oh, so curious and enthusiastic! Great moments with him all the time we’re together! You’re very welcome!

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