Cultivating Wonder

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Children are naturally curious about the world.  They see beauty and wonder everywhere.  Teachers can harness children’s curiosity to drive their learning and further inquiry.

However, one mistake I’ve observed well-intentioned parents make is to provide intellectual explanations to a children’s every musing.  Imagine what it may do to a child’s imaginative curiosity, when expressing their wonder about the sun, to hear:  “It is a flaming hot ball of gas”.

Not every question requires an answer.  Often, the best response to a child’s wondering is, “I don’t know.  What do you think?”.  It may open your mind to learn what your child really understands.

What do you do to encourage wonder in your children?  Leave a comment!

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