When was the last time you stopped being curious?
Do you remember wondering, reflecting and…?
Walt Disney Quote… when you are curious, you find many interesting things to do… we keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity leads us on new paths. !
Spring cleaning… it’s time to empty out the stuff that hasn’t been used or read in a while and put it away in the garage, donate or sell it. We have all these Curious George books and the memories started flooding us. There is no way these books are going to sell for a penny at the garage sale. We keep them for the next generation.
We have learned a lot from George. George was our friend when the children were little. We had George’s posters, lunch boxes, DVDs, books, and toys. Through George, we learn:
1. Adventure. Life is an adventure. Everything is worth a try in our big world. George travels the world with his friend and is never shy about trying new things. Everything fascinates the explorer in it, the familiar and the unknown. George even tried to get into the hot air balloon alone. It is through trying that George learned his lessons from him.
2. Practical experiments and discoveries. George takes things apart; he studies them and tries to put them back together. George understands how things work after taking them apart.
3. Fun and enjoyment of learning. George knows where to look for fun. He has no reservations about wanting to do things. He went to visit a chocolate factory and tasted chocolate in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. When they offered him more, George had enough.
4. Helping hands. George is ready to rescue and help. He helped rescue a child’s toy train from the train tracks. The boy could have been killed and the trained toy destroyed had it not been for George’s help.
5. Friendly and non-judgmental. George is friendly to everyone. He seems to cause trouble, but at the end of the day, he’s the one who saves the day!
George shares his life with The Man in the Yellow Hat. This man exemplifies a best friend, mentor, comforter, teacher, and provider. She is always there for him, in good times and bad. He teaches George life lessons after every incident and never yells or judges. He is the father we can model.
Every child needs a mentor as The Man in the Yellow Hat is George’s mentor. What do you think?
Along with his mentor, George has Hundley, the little-adventurous dog, and his owner, the friendly doorman who always has a suggestion for George. There’s Chef Pisghetti, the owner of an Italian restaurant where the man in the yellow hat loves to dine. Professor Wiseman, a good friend of The Man with the Yellow Hat and who loves to hear about George’s adventure. She is another great cheerleader for George.
Through George’s community of friends we learn the importance of diversified friendship. George has friends who don’t condemn his curiosity. He has friends who don’t share his passion, but still enjoy each other’s company out of mutual respect. What about your children? Do they have friends who respect them and respect their friends?
In our world of traditional education, students of all personalities and learning habits are placed in the same class to learn and memorize facts and figures every day.
Do you think this way of learning has dampened our students’ curiosity and creativity over the years? By the time they graduated from high school; most students lose their learning habits from Curious George. Are they conditioned to memorize and regurgitate what they have and not know exactly what they learned?
Where are the practices and learning procedures? For example, how to balance your checkbook may be a skill but not Which of the following was the most industrialized country during the 19th century?
While the market has produced an endless number of children’s books over the years, the Curious George books by Margret and HA Rey are still going strong after 70 years.
For fun we are going to see a small children’s show tonight. We have a DVD from the library called Curious George Goes on Vacation and Discovers New Things. We found that sometimes simple children’s stories can teach us basic life lessons and a great reminder to live a curious, adventurous and risk-taking lifestyle.