At the age of four, our eldest son, Elijah, expressed that he wanted to be an architect. Since then we have encouraged the pursuit this dream by being intentional about the activities he invests his time doing. I downloaded an app that features all the architectural masterpieces of the world, which also helps his geography. He plays with a program called Google Sketchup which can be downloaded for free onto a computer, and he designs buildings and structures. We have also bought him different kinds of blocks that allow him to invent and create from his imagination. When he became interested in Origami, we bought him books, paper, and directed him to safe online sites where he learned all the names of the folds and terminologies, and where he developed his skill. He has also taught other children and even adults.
Elijah spends most of his days becoming the architect he envisions himself in the future by spending time building, creating, learning, and doing what he enjoys. He is blessed to have this time because he is a homeschooled kid. Getting to pursue his passion keeps him motivated to excel in his subject studies and it keeps him from getting bored, too! It certainly makes my work easier as a homeschool mom!
The added bonus has been that Elijah has influenced his younger brothers to get into building and designing, too. They play together and make pretend worlds or places while learning to cooperate and share.