Often the students I tutor teach me. They had just been to the zoo and each student had to do a project about her or his favorite animal. They were supposed to share where the animal lived, what it liked to eat, and any interesting facts about it. After that, the other students could ask questions. These are kindergartners, so sometimes the questions are a little unexpected. Also, half of the kindergartners don’t have English as their first language so sometimes they are even more unusual. But sometimes there are gems hiding in there.
One student did her report on dolphins. When she finished her presentation, another student asked “Why are dolphins intelligent?” She thought about it for a while and was stumped. I understand her confusion – I wasn’t sure how to answer that either. The teacher thought about it and she prompted, “Well, what makes you intelligent?” to the presenter. She replied “Because they like to play a lot.”
I was stunned at how amazing an answer that was. Play makes you intelligent. She’s got it. That’s the answer. I immediately had to find a pen and a piece of paper so I could write that down. Then another student asked “Why do they like to play a lot?” She thought about it some more and answered “Because it takes care of them.”
This child has the answer to life at the tender age of five. Play makes you intelligent and it helps you. There is so much truth within these words. Let’s all remember to make time to play.