preschoolers learn best
opportunities to move and
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Preschoolers’ Fascination with the World
When you get to work, do you hop out of the car, skip to the door,
collect pebbles in the parking lot, and stop to look at all of the inter-
esting things along the way, such as bugs and plants? Probably not.
We adults are usually more interested in getting where we need to
go and thinking about all the things we need to do. Besides, others
would probably look at us with a little concern. Adults don’t usually
skip. Maybe we should. Preschoolers are fascinated with the world,
excited about using their bodies, and eager to learn more. If you
want to teach preschoolers in a way they understand, you will need
to see the world through their eyes—the eyes of a preschooler. Are
you ready to learn?
The Amazing Capabilities of Preschoolers
Who are these wonderful little people you are educating and caring
for? Working with preschoolers can be tiring at times but so reward-
ing. Take a few lessons from the children when it comes to the
appreciation and excitement with which they see the world. Here’s
what most preschoolers are like:
Preschoolers want to learn. Preschoolers continue the hunger
for learning that begins at birth. They learn best when they are able
to touch things and do things. This is called hands-on learning.
Imagine if you had a new computer or some other electronic gadget
and you weren’t allowed to touch it until you knew how to use it.
Even as adults, we learn by touching things too. We learn to use the
computer by experimenting with it, to play the piano by practicing