My students are natural scientists, engineers, and explorers.
These little ones are also curious, industrious and investigative.
Their capabilities far exceed their small stature. They constantly question and hypothesize and are now beginning to test their theories. They come to the teachers often to seek resources that will help them in their quest for answers.
It is such a pleasure engaging them in their play as well as watching them use a point of reference to build, to cook, to go shopping and care for babies and pets. It is even a greater moment as I watch their expressions as they acquire new information and begin exercising their newly discovered capabilities. Being a participant in that process is a great reward! I love my students!
My students ask questions such as "How do you build a castle? What do you need to build a road? What do dinosaurs eat? How do you make a strawberry cake?" We use that teachable moment to visit the classroom desktop computer and use Google Images, YouTube, or National Geographic. However, this requires the children to be pulled away from their learning environment (block area, house area, sand & water table, to quickly research on the desktop computer. It would be great to research on an iPad where the children can simultaneously discover new information while remaining in the moment; in their current learning environment.
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