I was a youth minister for 10 years in a church in the 1960s and then taught in the public schools in elementary education for 32 years, and I discovered, in that time, the delightful ways of young children.
We can not force them into our adult mold of expectations. We need to let them explore their world as they see it, and let them learn by experience.
We really need to back-off a bit and let them do what they do. That is how they learn.
Much of my photography involves young children doing what they do best: just being children.