Developing a sense of wonder in young children

October 21, 2013

“Are we not irritated by experiences outside the timed lockstep of daily living? That lockstep does seem to offer surety and security to our lives. But does it really? If so, what is the life that remains? Is it not a bargain with the devil in which we ensure our survival by repressing our sense of wonder—the core and meaning of life itself? No wonder then that many adults are so threatened or annoyed by the spontaneity of young children. No wonder that “for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.  How can we, as parents and teachers, most effectively become the companions that help each child discover the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in? How do we make sure that our curriculum fosters and strengthens the sense of wonder in young children?”

Article excerpt by Peter E. Haiman, Ph.D., an Education Consultant in the San Francisco area, former Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, and past President of San Francisco NAEYC.  Read the full article here:

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