“The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out.” -Author Unknown
When Mr. Muirhead (head of Early Childhood and Lower School) announced that the Junior Kindergarten character flag was going to reflect curiosity, we thought it was the perfect trait to represent the mindset of a four-or-five-year-old child. Children are naturally curious and learn from their experiences.
If you have ever spent time with a young child, you probably already know that they are curious. For those of you who are part of our school community, you might have seen Junior Kindergarten walking down the hallways, or it’s more likely that you have heard them coming down the hallway. Believe us, we know that the questions just don’t stop and no matter how many times we review the expectations for walking in the hallway (voices off, hands at sides, walking feet, etc.), these little learners just cannot keep themselves from stopping to peruse the latest bulletin board display, run their hands down the walls, discuss what the fish are doing each time we pass the main office, or become transfixed when the Upper and Middle school students adorn their lockers with shiny ribbons, sparkly stickers, and colorful signs!
Well, the hallways are not the only places that those little minds can investigate, because it continues in our classrooms where the children have many opportunities to explore and discover. Enter one of our classrooms and you will see children building, creating, pretending, and discussing how things work or why things happen. Yes, we know that our classroom is noisy, but we love it. It is good to be curious and we don’t want our children to stop being inquisitive. Those questions, investigations, and experiments that might seem a little overwhelming to the unsuspecting observer are all preparing our Junior Kindergarten students to be successful in the future. So if you hear us and wonder what all of the commotion is about, remember that it is the sound of children learning!
The Academy is hosting an Early Childhood Play Date on Thursday, July 10 at 10 a.m. for applicants to preschool (“HATS”), Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten. Applications should be submitted by July 7. Click here for more information on the admission process.
*This blog post was co-written by Gretchen Qualls, Junior Kindergarten lead teacher and Debbie Adams, Junior Kindergarten assistant.