In December 2009, we went on a cruise with my husband's family.  Since then, my 6 yo son has been interested in all things Titanic.  At first it was just questions that I tried to answer as best I could.  Then we looked it up on the internet and found some pictures including those of Titanic as it sits today underwater.  I found an underwater diving book for less than $.50 at a little book sale and we spent some time looking through pictures of divers and the treasures they discovered.  He seems most interested in what the Titanic looks like under the ocean.

We just happen to have the more recent Titanic movie on VHS, so he watched that a couple of times.  He even had to show the beginning to his friends who came over the other day because it shows live footage of the Titanic under the ocean.  After that he wanted to watch one of the newer versions of The Poseidon which just happened to be on TV one day.  This is another cruise ship movie where the ship gets flipped upside down and the survivors have to make their way up to the t

He then wanted to watch an older version of the Titanic because he had seen a movie poster for it somewhere.  So I got that through netflix along with a Titanic documentary from The History Channel.  Both of the movies I got from netflix put him to sleep when he watched them, lol.

We also read a couple of books on the subject.  One was a true survivor book with a chapter on the titanic.  The other was a choose your own adventure book where you could choose who you wanted to be and then what choices you would make, just as those on the boat had to make.  All these came from real information and real people who were on the boat.

The last couple times we have been at playdates, My son has been talking to his friends about the Titanic and he is surprised that they do not know anything about it.  He is adding Titanic play into his day, either with his friends or with his sister.  I overheard him telling his sister to get into the lifeboat.

One night he told me he might be too scared to go on another cruise ship because what happened to the Titanic might happen to the ship he was on.  We talked about what had happened to the Titanic, where it had taken place, and what had gone wrong to cause the sinking.  We decided that it would be very unlikely that that would happen on any cruise ship that we were on since there would not be any icebergs and they have made improvements to ships since that time.

This is how real learning happens.  You are interested in something and you want to learn more about it.  You use whatever resources you can to get the information that your body is looking for.  I'm sure once my son is done collecting information, he will move onto other things that interest him.  I just have to wonder what will be next.

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