Olivia is fascinated by nature. At six months, she was watching leaves in the wind. At two, our walks came to a standstill every time she spotted an ant. At four, she has questions about everything we see. (Yesterday it was, "Why do worms like puddles?")
A child's innate curiosity is the basis for life-long learning. We can encourage it best by sharing their questions and fascination rather than knowing all the answers.
In the words of biologist Rachel Carson: "If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
P.S. For a thought-provoking summer read and some good ideas, have a look at Richard Louv's book Last Child in The Woods. Read about it here, available from Amazon UK