One of the secrets to great teaching is tapping into the sense of wonder in students and their natural desire to learn and understand. Ever been around a two-year-old in the “why” stage? You get the picture.
Children are full of wonder.
One of the best classrooms is nature. Note the precious little girl in the photo. She’s found a treasure trove of learning possibilities right at her fingertips – she never even had to enter a classroom.
We adults are made for wonder too. But many of us have gotten too busy for wonder, or we’re too stressed and distracted to slow down and let wonder envelop us. And that’s a real shame.
That’s why one of the many blessings of our current national struggle is that our overly busy society has been placed on hold for a while. Now we have time for wonder.
Since millions find themselves suddenly educating children at home (or in virtual classrooms), some of our gracious teacher connections will be allowing me to share their favorite fun or wonderful (ie: full of wonder) lessons with you.
While they’re organizing their resources, let’s start with a lesson that little girl in the photo would love.
It’s from “Kids Discover.” Just click here for The Science Behind Bubbles. It includes a simple bubble recipe, and the author reminds us: “Bubbles provide the opportunity to study science concepts such as elasticity, surface tension, chemistry, light, and even geometry…”
So get out there and enjoy some wonder. Even if it’s cold in your part of the world, you can always chase bubbles in the house! You can fill your mind and tense muscles with more disturbing news, or you can unplug and nourish your mind, body and heart with the wonder all over God’s world.