What does it mean to be curious? In the words of one very astute preschooler, “it’s when you don’t know something and you’re really excited to find out!” What does it mean to be bored? Well — that one was a little trickier to answer. We had so much fun wondering aloud with our preschoolers about the answers to these questions. We asked the children to tell us what they like to do when they feel bored. A few mentioned playing with siblings, listening to music, or playing with their stuffies.
Our conversations about boredom and curiosity were carefully chosen as lead-ins to an exciting new adventure in the preschool — an exploration of Lewis Carroll’s Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. The tale begins with Alice feeling a bit bored as she sits beside a river bank.
The children were awestruck indeed when a very real “Alice” came to visit our classroom on Wednesday afternoon. Alice (former TPS preschooler and current 6th grader Isabella) arrived, to our delight, wearing a blue dress and white pinafore, much like the one in the picture book version of the story. She regaled us with her tale of feeling "bored" and then following a white rabbit down, down, down the rabbit hole! The children were completely captivated by "Alice’s" rendering of her adventures, and they asked her many amazing questions!