Monday, April 26, 2010
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.