The "How What Why" Years

Miller, Susan A.
June 2005
Scholastic Parent & Child;Jun-Aug2005, Vol. 12 Issue 6, p76
The article focuses on 3-4 year old children when vivid imaginations dominate their mind. Parents can help a child with gentle reassurance and honest answers at this age. Three-year-olds are fascinated by scary things. Four-year-olds are captivated by nature's mysteries. They're full of questions and an intense desire to know what the adults in their lives are up to. To boost the child's bravery in exploring, parents should be patient when she creates a big mess as she mixes, pounds, and pours. Set out materials that arouse curiosity and stimulate a sense of wonder by identifying nature's amazing patterns, from the designs in oak leaves to the ripples of orange and pink that appear when the summer sun sets.


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