Kids’ curiosity leads the lessons

Jackson Hole News & Guide (WY)
It was the most productive kind of pandemonium. Preschoolers played with food color, observed pinecones under a microscope and mixed cornstarch with water. The teachers, normally tasked with creating cohesion out of organized chaos, stood in the background, observing. The preschool pilot program, a collaboration between the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum and the Teton Literacy Center’s Lit Lab, started with the idea that when children are left to explore on their own, they create possibilities that adults overlook. Childhood educators know that kids learn when they’re interested. To discover what intrigues them, educators have learned to take a step back.

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"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943