As we all head back to school, I think one thing we can all agree on is that summer brings a sense of discovery, change in routine, and an opportunity to try new things and visit new places. From beaches, to friends, to food, to culture, to museums and travel, discovering something new is fantastic for our children. It opens doors to new thinking and let’s our children create and see the world through a different perspective.
My boys love routine as all children do, but I want to make an effort this year to continue to expose them to new things. It’s tough as the demands of homework, sports, family and more vie for their attention, but I honestly think we all can make this effort.
A few ways I for see adding a sense of discovery to this coming school year is to first, not be so rushed. When a person has time to look, really ponder and think, much can happen. Questions can be asked and conversations are created. Even going to the market, having friends over for dinner, or just playing without so much attention to the time, allowed my boys to really think and make incredible observations.
Another way I plan to allow more discovery time is to not organize so much of their time for them. This is something we all do and all come from a good place to set up those activities! Yet, allowing them to figure out on their own, what they can do with their time really let’s a child create, discover and be in charge of their own life learning habits.
I truly believe curiosity and discovery go hand in hand and becomes a habit on how one approaches life.
There is nothing better than hearing our children say, “look at this!” or “can I show you this mom?” with incredible enthusiasm and spirit.
Let’s all try to give a little discovery time this fall to our kids as we get into the full routine of back to school. They will love us for it!