Rachel Carson, writer, scientist, and ecologist, grew up simply in rural Pennsylvania. Her mother bequeathed to her a life-long love of nature and the living world that Rachel expressed first as a writer and later as a student of marine biology. She noted, “if a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”
This is the essence of our role as parents, caregivers and teachers. Children are strong and capable, full of wonder, ready to inquire about the world around them. It is our privilege and purpose to provide that companionship, find the joy and unravel the mysteries of their world. Throughout my fifteen years of early childhood education and nearly that many as a parent, I continue to see each day I spend observing and working with children as a gift. The give and take of inquiry and discovery, the inherent joys and challenges, appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the world around us are part and parcel of life with young learners.
I hope you’ll stop back often to read about the wonder of children and caregivers. This week, be sure to take some time to wander and wonder with a child in your life – share the joys, inquire about the world and postulate some answers to the questions raised. Children are strong and capable learners who are full of wonderings – be the one to provide genuine companionship and share the excitement! Feel free to add your wonderings in the comments section below.