When my daughter first started learning to solve the 3 x 3 Rubik’s cube, she asked a lot of questions and watched a lot of YouTube videos. It took her 2 weeks to figure things out. It frustrated her that it took so much time to understand how it worked.
Fast forward several months later, her 6 x 6 cube finally arrived over the weekend. This time, she solved the cube in less than 30 minutes. When I asked how she managed to do it so quickly, she responded, “it’s just like the 3 x 3, with a bit more.”
That’s the same explanation she gave me when she learned how to solve her 4 x 4 and 5 x 5.
And when I got her the 2 x 2 and the pyramid, her explanation was “it’s like the 3 x 3, only a little different”.
My daughter didn’t automatically learn how to solve these puzzles as soon as she learned how to solve the 3 x 3. It took a lot of work and a lot of practice. She learned to solve all of them because she focused on the puzzle she had first before she asked for something more challenging.
This is why teaching and training your OFS one task at a time works. When they’ve mastered a task, it’s easier to see how one task relates to another. You’re building on something you already know. It’s easier to learn something when you’re confident about the skills that you already have.
And yeah, I already ordered the gear cube. It’s like a Rubik’s cube but you also have to line up the gears and not just the colors. Let’s see how long it’s going to take her to solve that one!
PS. This email was written by my OFS (all except this PS part…which I’m adding after). She came up with the concept, wrote it, added the photos, and the teaching part.
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