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If children question new things, and want to learn more, who are we to say no?

Date: October 4, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blog

By Taylor Dobson

I’ve come to learn how children’s knowledge of learning, no matter how advanced it may be, can be learned through meaningful experiences when adults embrace the questions children ask. What I mean by this is, if children are exposed to higher learning in a way they can understand, then why can’t they learn about bones, blood and what’s inside their bodies etc. For example, Jon (aged 4) asked his teacher why he saw red stuff coming out of his skin when he fell down on the weekend and what it was. A question like this can spark a new topic of learning for children as they might have been interested in Jon’s question. From an educators point of view, there would many ideas of how we can explore this learning and what a child is interested in, even if the topic seems advanced for the child’s age.

Of course, you wouldn’t expect to think children the age of 2-3 or 4-5 are learning subjects or topics that I wasn’t introduced to until I was in High School, but there’s a way around it. The educators and teachers design lots of learning experiences that are age appropriate and easy to understand. These can be accomplished with the input of child’s ideas, questions and wonderments because they are wanting to learn about these things. If my younger siblings ever asked me about things I didn’t even think they knew about or singing songs about space and the cycle of the planets I would be two things; one being – very proud that they know about these things and two – impressed that they have an interest in big topics. Who am I to deny or redirect what they want to learn? I think that it is very positive to have children interested in new things. Educators and teachers will scaffold children’s learning and parents can help at home by talking with their children about their questions, ideas, theories and researching with them, helping the child be a participant of their ongoing learning.