Children come to school curious about how the world works and over time we squelch that curiosity out of them by not fostering and further developing it. I teach an elementary science and social studies methods course and I’m constantly trying to reconnect my graduate students back to their childhood and back to their innate curiosity.
Now that I’m a mother of a four year old, I’m even more aware of just how curious children are. Every Friday the two of us plan our Friday Fun Day. My son takes the lead and decides what we’ll do and this Friday was science experiment day. Experiencing “dancing raisins” through his eyes was one of those moments I’ll cherish my entire life.
After reading Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School and Ready Freddy?! I am really questioning why elementary schools don’t focus more on social studies, science and curiosity in general? There’s such a push for reading, writing and mathematics (not that I’m knocking those subjects, but social studies and science go hand in hand with curiosity). How do we change this? Certainly by making sure preschool is not like school and we’re not trying so hard to make our children “kindergarten ready” because if that’s the focus, we miss this…
And I certainly don’t want to miss a second of it!