Curiosity

Posted on April 28, 2015 by Lesley Arnold

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” ~~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt, born in October 1884, became the First Lady of the United States in 1933. She was active in public policy and was an advocate for human rights, especially children’s and women’s rights. I found this quote by her and thought it was so fascinating that she would think that curiosity was a gift that each child should have bestowed upon it. In looking at the famous people you might study in the Oak Meadow curriculum, it is easy to see that each of those people was curious and inquisitive about the world. Jonas Salk was curious about the immune system, Coretta Scott King was curious about social change, and Edward Teller was curious about numbers.

I remember that when I was four years old I had a favorite playmate that had Down Syndrome. I remember it well because I really loved this child. He had a wonderful smile that lit up his whole face. He loved to imagine all sorts of things as we played in a sand box. He was a great playmate! However, even at such a young age I could sense that something was very different about him. He had difficulty doing some of the same things that I could do. He couldn’t remember nursery rhymes, even though I tried to teach him. He didn’t go to kindergarten with me the next year. Maybe that was when I became curious about child development. It is a curiosity that has never left me! My fascination with the development of the child led me to be a teacher.

Let us know:

What are you curious about?

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