Our family vacationed in the mountains this summer. While on a hiking trail, we happened on butterflies fluttering on the rocky ground. Were they dying or laying eggs? What do butterflies eat in wet sand? How long does a butterfly live? We asked all kinds of questions.
Later we learned the word “diurnal,” which means active during the day and sleepy at night, and that butterflies feed on dung and dissolved minerals in sand. The children remind me of that when we see butterflies in our backyard. And I’m reminded to turn outside sounds and sights into questions. Little ones want to know about everything they hear and see, so don’t wait until your child is talking to ask him questions. Ask them from birth; your child is already listening.
“Because young children are so naturally curious, questions are all around us. The most ordinary happenings can move children to ask the most interesting questions.” — Paula Fisher, Center for Inquiry, Indianapolis