A curious fieldtrip
I went down the stairs and saw a room on my right. I stepped inside and immediately noticed that something was odd. It seemed as if the number of kids had doubled and I couldn’t really understand why. I moved a few steps forward when it finally struck me. I saw my own reflection appear in front of me and realised that there were mirrors everywhere; lots of them! I was in the Curious Corner Mirror Maze.
Children are curious creatures. They explore, question and wonder, and by doing so, learn. By turning a light switch on and off, a child learns about cause and effect. As long as children stay curious, they will continue to explore and discover; ergo they’ll continue to learn. Alas, our education system is killing curiosity. Today, primary importance is given to listening to the teacher’s lecture and memorizing everything while the importance of questioning is downplayed. Curious people question, reflect and research until they find the answer. They don’t just consume everything given to them.
The Curious Corner of Chamarel, a house of illusion and mystery which features various puzzle-like attractions, without a doubt aroused the curiosity of our students. I could clearly see the light in their eyes as they discovered and explored the Upside Down Room, the Laser Music Room or the various other puzzles. Although they are probably too young to fully understand all the concepts they encountered, I really believe it got them thinking.
After leaving Chamarel, we went to La Preneuse beach for lunch and from there we headed back to Roches Bois and Rivière du Rempart. While I was quite tired, I was amazed by the burst of energy displayed by the kids on the way back. They sang the whole journey.