Wisdom begins in wonder. -Socrates
We are doing an author study on Eric Litwin this week. He is the author of the Pete the Cat books. My students love Pete the Cat…and with this study, we’ve started a “wonder” chart. “Why is Pete the Cat blue?” “Who taught him to play the guitar” “Does he have other shoes since he got his new white shoes wet?” These are all questions my students wondered this week.
If you Google image search “wonder”, you will find an alarming number of strange people dressed like Wonder Woman… but wonder is an innate part of the human experience, and somewhere along the way, we lose it. We have to deliberately foster it, nurture it and encourage it in young children. When children wonder, they grow bolder in their questioning. They think beyond the surface.
I encouraged my students to draw about their “wonderings” today in Doodle Buddy on their iPad. There was good conversation among the groups of students and even though it is early in the school year, they are starting to understand and enjoy the opportunities to work in small groups and talk about their work. Wondering encourages original thinking, thinking outside the box, and creativity. When many adults look at a new piece of technology, such as an iPad, they think, “How do I use this?” Kids look at the same piece of technology and think, “What can I do with this?” They are curious and creative by nature. As an aside, you will be interested to know that the above drawing was done by one of my students. She said, “Mrs. Meeuwse, that is you with Pete the Cat. Pete is rocking his school shoes and your lip gloss is poppin’ and I’m wondering where your shoes are.” Hmm…I’m wondering where my shoes are as well. And about that lip gloss….”poppin”?
There is no doubt there was some creative thinking going on there. I love how the iPad allows us to explore many ideas and “wonderings”. Yes…they could have just as easily drawn their picture on a piece of paper. But then we wouldn’t be able to import their drawings into another app and “Explain Everything” in the near future. One step builds on another. We will start App Smashing very soon.
Look for ways to bring wonder in to your classroom. Pete the Cat is a good place to start!
As Pete the Cat says:
“No matter what you step in,
keep walking along and
singing your song. Because it’s all good.”
Today we will do exciting new things. Let’s get to it!