Learning is an adventure

Child's hands holding earthworm

"What makes leaves fall down?"

"How do squirrels climb trees?"

"Why do worms come out when it rains?"

Children love to ask questions. They love to wonder why. Supportive adults will provide them with an environment that stimulates their curiosity and fuels the learning process.

At an early years conference I attended recently, the keynote speaker's topic was assessing child-initiated play. Her conclusion after extensive research was simply this: It is impossible to assess children's play. Play, she said, is not a journey with a determined outcome; instead, learning through play is an adventure, because you don't know what will happen. Isn't that the magic of childhood?

In her article A child's love of mystery Judith Pack emphasises the importance of process, not product, in relation to children's curiosity about the world.

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