Being pro-active in our children’s learning is a great encouragement to their development. They can learn from our everyday activities! We can talk with them, have them participate with us in some of our responsibilities, and explain to them what we’re up to.
Indulging in conversation with our children encourages them to ask questions. And if we don’t know the answer, we shouldn’t be afraid to tell them that! In fact, looking up the answer together can add even more to their learning experience.
The other day, Layla was asking why butterflies have antennae. I wasn’t 100% certain so I said, “Let’s look it up!” We didn’t have time right that moment, but we made a point to find out the answer as soon as we had the chance. I sat at the computer with her on my lap and typed our question into good ole Google and voila!…A ton of resources right at our finger tips. We found the answer to our question and you know what happened?…it lead to more questions and fortunately, more answers!
Desiring to help our children fulfill their curiosity in healthy ways, encourages them to see life as an exciting opportunity for exploration and discovery. I want to remember that education doesn’t have to happen just in the confines of the classroom. And who knows….maybe, just maybe, I’ll learn a thing or two along the way =)!
P.S. We learned that butterflies use their antennae to smell! But the crazy thing we found out was that they taste with their feet to know if a leaf is good for laying eggs…can you imagine? I’m not sure I’d want the ability to taste with my feet! (Thank you, http://butterflywebsite.com). Also, we discovered a click and paint butterfly that some of your kiddos might enjoy (http://www.coloring4all.com/coloring/butterfly_coloring_pages.htm). My daughter loved it! Lastly, A “thank you” to http://coloring.ws/butterfly1.htm for butterfly coloring pages.