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Where Does Quinoa Come From?

Do you ever get thinking about how things work, where things come from? I do. Usually it happens when I have a moment to relax much to the chagrin of my significant other. The other night, we finally had a moment to relax. My significant - other nodding off eyes closed beside me. Me - Wide eyed and wondering.

Me - "Where does quinoa come from? Like is it a grain? Does it grow like rice? How does rice even grow? Like does it grow under water at the bottom of a grass-like-thing or does it grow on top like wheat and barley? Is quinoa even a grain? I just realized I have no idea what I'm eating and where it comes from."

Significant Other (eyes still closed) - "I have no idea, hun."

Me - "Do you know how peanuts grow??? This is going to blow your mind. THEY GROW UNDERGROUND! Like a potato! Doesn't that blow your mind? I mean I always thought they grew on a tree or a vine like grapes. Crazy hey?!"

Significant Other - "Yeah that is kind of crazy. You are a very deep thinker."

If you have ever been around a 4-year-old you will know that they ask "why" A LOT. They are inquisitive and curious and are constantly searching for answers about the world around them. I love being in an ABC Head Start classroom when children are exploring new topics. Skilled teachers are able to let the child take the lead on subjects, find out what really interests them and implement all sorts of learning into these conversations. I've been in conversations in ABC Head Start classrooms where I have learned so much. Like the difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis, thank you Miss Susan!

Although as a parent of a 4-year-old it can be exhausting to answer all of these questions it is your child's opportunity to explore the world. And how great is it when they ask questions that YOU don't know the answer to? It allows for you to research it together! To learn and explore together. It also creates life long learners who are curious, inquisitive and wonder at the situations and environments they find themselves in for their entire lives. It makes both you and your child's mind more open to new ideas, more active, it opens up new world's and possibilities and brings excitement to your life. I don't think you would find an intellectual giant in history who wasn't curious. Albert Einstein said "The important thing is not to stop questioning."

Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go ask Google where quinoa comes from.

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