How Curiosity Benefits Your Child
Do you find yourself sometimes not having enough time getting to all those important questions that you are seeking answers too? Want to learn how you can help foster your child to keep asking “why” to life’s important questions?
According to an article at news-leader.com, “Remember When Your Child Would Ask “Why” All the Time?”
“Aren’t children born curious?
I would contend that although children begin life as curious investigators, adults are capable of either fostering that curiosity or quickly squelching it.
When the 2-year-old child asks “Why?” over and over, and the parent tires of the asking and stifles the dialogue, the curiosity begins to wane.
When children are not subjected to interesting and interactive experiences, their curiosity will further wane, until finally, they expect the world to provide the answers without much discovery on their part.
When children ask questions and explore the environment through hands-on discovery, they are on their way to solving complex problems.
Curiosity supports the “hard skills” of math, reading and science through creativity and exploration. These “soft skills” offer answers to real-world questions.
How do adults foster curiosity in young children? It starts with providing an environment of flexibility in thought and action. There is more than one way to build a bridge. Learning takes place when we discover what works, and what doesn’t is constructing the bridge. It is also best learned through doing versus being told. There is an old preschool saying, “the quickest way to the brain is through the hands.”
Autonomy is also important to fostering curiosity. Often, mistakes are the best teachers, when done in safe conditions, with room for trial and error. If I feel supported and safe in my exploration, I am more likely to try new things.” To read the entire article click here.
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