After just a short time back to school, several investigations have emerged involving mystery and big wonderings. It is fascinating to see how scientific inquiry and the possibility of magic are so intertwined in the minds of children.
In the second grade, children are thinking about the guiding question 'who was here before us?' They are devising ways of researching the people who must have lived on the land in colonial times, and what all of the stones and cast iron objects are in the walled garden, but also if any magical creatures may have lived nearby long ago. I can't talk about the experiment they have devised yet, but I will share their conviction that if successful, it will not only answer some of their questions, but also prove that magic is real (or not).
making a small door out of wire along with a magic key
This is what is most interesting to me about both of these investigations- these children have theories that something could be magical, and are observing, measuring and devising real experiments to test those theories. They are scientists of magic.