I did not realize when I started the last post by talking about how much Madalyn enjoys going to the mailbox that she would have even more fun doing that this week …

Madalyn’s birthday is today! For the last 3 days, there has been a card and/or a kids magazine in the mailbox each day for Madalyn (Thanks Aunt Bonnie for the cards!).

She loves the wonder of opening the mailbox to see what might be there …

Most of the time, there is nothing for her …

But she still feels the excitement of the anticipation that there might be something for her …

How can we as parents and teachers capitalize on that excitement and anticipation?

As odd as it sounds, I think we can build that by doing the same things on a regular basis.

For example, even though the question and content changes each day on Wonderopolis, some of the same pieces are still there all the time …

Children expect there to be a video and some fun stuff worked into the information that is shared. Parents and Teachers expect there to be thought-provoking questions, good information to share, possible ideas for further exploration, and a clue about the next wonder of the day …

That hint about the next day could be a key to the building anticipation part …

Children are eager to learn and find out what is coming next …

They are anticipating learning!

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