Monday, April 26, 2010

Heart Wonders

Thanks to Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough, authors of A Place to Wonder, we've wrapped ourselves in wondering. These authors helped me introduce the notion of heart wonders. Heart wonders are those wonders that can be answered with your own brain or heart (pretty much any wonder). That is just what helped us begin to think about how to answer some of the wonders we have.
Heart wondering has been the perfect stair step before research wondering. It has given kids permission to think about something and answer it using their own thoughts and words (great practice before taking an author's words and writing them in their own). I used one of the heart wonders from their book to use as a mentor and then let the kids paint an create their own as our wonder unit began. These are some that are hanging outside our room.


Maureen said...

These Heart Wonders are so sweet! So poetic. I can't wait to pop upstairs and read the others. Love the paintings too. We need to take more time to paint and wonder.

Shannon Price said...

How amazing! I think that when we lift the restrictions that are often placed on children, the results are tremendous! You have demonstrated that. This is a true illustration of the purity of a child's heart!

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Mary Lee said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Sit back for a minute and realize that you are changing the world with what you do in your classroom. Really. These children will grow up and our world will be a better place.

Thank you.

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