Curiosity Ignites Interest in Learning
From birth to about age 5 is when children are their most curious. This is the perfect time to build on that natural curiosity to establish life-long habits related to learning. There is no better way to do this than to follow a child’s lead on things they wonder about, and offer a child many chances to be introduced to new things and topics that will broaden their view of themselves and the world in which they live.
What is theme-based learning?
My Big Little Adventure is designed to help parents and caregivers by organizing books and activities around a different theme every few months, giving young children the chance to be introduced to or dig deeper into various topics that can be explored at home, with friends in the neighborhood, and even around town.
Informal, family- and community-based learning is powerful. This kind of learning experience — the act of taking a theme and experiencing it in so many ways in the everyday environment — when offered to very young children, sets them up with life-long habits that will benefit them in school and beyond. The power of theme-based learning is three-fold:
Moving through the world being invited to notice, wonder, explore, and imagine teaches young children to always be looking, listening and taking an interest in things that catch their attention.
From that seed of curiosity comes the invitation to try, work together and figure things out, practicing and working the muscles that develop into wanting to know more and being willing to put in the effort to do so.
Motivation to Learn
Ultimately, this curiosity that leads to interest, and a means for pursuing interests, sets young children up with the habits and foundational skills (namely the internal motivation to learn) that are necessary for success in school.