Little Learners, Big Ideas: Wonder and Curiosity

Wonder and Curiosity

Why does the rain fall down? How did my paint water turn green? What makes flowers grow in spring? Children are naturally curious. They question everything around them. One recent survey suggested that preschool aged children ask between 200-400 questions per day. Children are born to be little learners. We know that questioning is a critical part of thinking and problem solving. However, as parents and teachers, these curious minds provide us with a fragile opportunity. Our reactions to their questions give us a chance to either encourage or stifle learning. The same survey found that by the time children are nine, they are asking only about 140 questions per day. Often that number will continue to drop as they go through school. This video focuses on helping parents and teachers understand how to respond to questions and kindle the fire of wonder and curiosity.

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