My kids really seem to understand the whole idea of research due to having access to the Internet. For example, my son saw a movie last week that had been based loosely on Chinese folklore. He found himself fascinated by some of the concepts in the movie, and now he’s spent a great deal of his free time this week investigating the truths and myths behind the movie’s inspiration.
I remember being younger and thinking, “Wow, I’d really love to know more about that.” But it would’ve taken a trip to the library and possibly weeks of waiting for books to arrive through inter-library loan, etc. By then, the desire to know more about the topic would’ve passed on to something else.
I think it’s exciting to see my kids able to follow those “I wonder?” moments through to their conclusion with just a click or two of the computer’s mouse.