IVY BILINGUAL SCHOOL
f you had asked me four years ago whether or not I thought a
4-year-old child is able to understand the profound impact that
our choices and actions have on the environment, I would have
shook my head with sincere doubt. I thought that young children,
especially under the age of 5, only knew how to play, and had only
limited skills. I had not yet spent enough time with children to
understand that they are undeniably gifted, talented, curious, and
eager to learn about, figure out, and comprehend everything that
occurs, is spoken, and even exists around them.
I am now a teacher of preschoolers and can confidently say that
I had completely underestimated their ability to both absorb and
produce. Young children are capable of sharing their thoughts and
ideas, and furthermore they are able to build upon foundations
that we as adults set before them. If given the space and materials,
guidance and support, and the time and freedom, children are not
bound by foundations or expectations. Rather, they are naturally
equipped to expand on what has already been planned, constructed,
and shared with them by those who they look up to and lean on.
They indisputably need to be presented with opportunities to grow
in their discovered interests and to develop their innate strengths.
Young children need to be given unfettered access to and entrusted
with their ideas.
Children tend to think creatively, but they are not limited to their
imaginations; children are able to take actions.