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Permission to Wonder

Above my daughter’s bed I have a framed quote that says “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder, than one closed by belief.” I have no idea who said it. It spoke to me and it spoke to what I wanted for my daughter in this world. A life filled with wonder.

We often talk in our ECE circles about allowing that wonder in for the children. We don’t however give ourselves that permission to often. As Educators we insist on having the answers, knowing the theories and looking at things from a lens of being objective.

One of the most freeing things the Investigating Quality Project brought to my practice was the right for me to be subjective. All of a sudden my voice was allowed in my documentation and learning stories. I was allowed to wonder out loud why a child was engaging in play, what theories they may be testing and understandings they were building.

All of a sudden I didn’t need to know all the answers and I gave myself permission to wonder. I found myself observing more and being in awe of children in play. Allowing wonder reconnected me with my field. It brought the passion back.

Have you given yourself permission to wonder?

About Danielle

Danielle is an Early Childhood Educator,blogger, self admitted ECE geek, Preschool teacher, Mother and project coordinator for The Images of Learning Project. These days she juggles presenting, conference calls and blogging with playing with her daughter and nursing her son. She looks forward to the day where she can once again finish her morning coffee.

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