You can’t put wonder in your lesson plan any more than you could plan for a sunny sky. But, while the weather is totally beyond our control, you can put out solar panels to catch the sun when it shines and teachers and parents can, similarly, prepare to catch wonder when it happens.
We can create habits in our classes so they know instinctively when we have pulled back to allow them to express their fascination. We can give unplanned time for student questions when they arise, can listen for the turn of conversation or the moment on a field trip where a child stops and looks with wide-eyed awe. Parents too can postpone bed time or mowing the lawn when they notice that one of those moments is arriving unexpectedly.
My book, A Gift of Wonder, A True Story About School As It Should Be is about those moments. You can pre-order your copy through by clicking here and choosing the secret perk at the top of the page. This is a special offer for readers of the Growing Children blog.
Click on this link to order your copy! I will mail your copy by the August 15 release date.
I would love to hear from you after you read the book. Just return to this post on Growing Children and share your thoughts about the ideas in A Gift of Wonder in comments.
Thank you for joining this conversation among parent and teachers about the value of working with wonder when growing children!