When I was younger, I wanted to become older, more mature and understand what adults in my life were saying. I disliked being ignorant and being left out of conversations. I dreaded hearing the phrase “When you’re older, you’d understand”. At that time, my childhood felt like a trap that I needed to escape. This is when I found sanctuary in books, movies and any written texts. I was eager to learn, to comprehend the world I was in and, most importantly, have something to share.
Now at an older age, much wiser and educated, I learned that what I was told was a myth. No matter how old, you can never understand enough, know enough and your cup of knowledge can never be full. I called it ignorance but I learned a new word for it, curiosity. I am curious by nature, intrigued by everything and everyone. This trait is found in all children but it almost gets unnoticed or thought of as provoking, unwelcomed and irritating. This is why I took it upon myself, as a Learning Support Specialist, to ignite that curious nature in my students. Allowing them to wonder, be astonished, see my humanity when I admit that I do not know it all. I love giving them the opportunity I craved for when I was a child. A chance to say to the world as young as I was, “I see, I understand and I have something valuable to say”. It is important to feed their curiosity, have them come up with their own thoughts and answers.
As adults, with a better command of the language and more developed thoughts, it is essential to find ways to simplify life as is to each child. They are never too young to understand what poverty means or come at peace with the idea that they might lose loved ones at any moment. They are young, easier to mold, much more forgiving of the truth. This is why I encourage you to feed that curiosity in the right ways.