Fall is here and we are excited to see the changes in the weather, the new colors on the leaves, and the abundance of new produce available this season. We decided to kick off this change of season with a pumpkin exploration!
When the children entered the room one morning, there was a pumpkin sitting in the middle of the room.
It was too inviting and accessible to the children for them not to inquire about it!
Two of the students immediately walked up to the pumpkin and began to tap it and hug it!
The pumpkin made an interesting sound when they hit it!
It was the perfect size for a comfortable hug!
One of the children started rocking the pumpkin back and forth until…
It completely rolled over!
Look at the surprise on his face when the top fell off!
What is inside there?
The whole class came over to see what was inside this strange object!
They could rock it back and forth!
But what was that strange stuff inside there?
However, it made a great ball to roll!
This feels strange!
I may not want to touch this strange piece with my hands but my foot can test it out just fine!
I wonder what these small white things are?
I don’t like how they stick to my hands!
The exploration continued throughout the day. The children became more adventurous and we encourage them to become aware of new sensations and discoveries.
Young children learn from everything they do. They are naturally curious, and they want to explore and discover. It is our responsibility to provide as many opportunities possible for the children to engage in exploring. If their explorations bring success and pleasure, they will have the desire to learn more. During their early years, children form attitudes about learning that will last a lifetime. It is our responsibility to provide the right sort of support and encouragement during these years, in order for them to be creative, adventurous learners throughout their lives!