Solar SystemKids ask a lot of questions day in and day out.  Questions range from “What’s that?” to “How come?” and “Why?” Why do we need to water the plants? What does passion mean? Why can’t we play today in the playground? Why do I have to return my things? And so on…

The outcome?  Either a parent or a teacher would enter into this with excitement “Wow, this is so cool.  She’s asking a lot of questions” or with impatience “Will you stop asking why?”

CURIOSITY DEFINED

  1. A desire to know or learn.
  2. A desire to know about people or things that do not concern one; nosiness.
  3. An object that arouses interest, as by being novel or extraordinary: kept the carved bone and displayed it as a curiosity.
  4. A strange or odd aspect.
  5. Archaic. Fastidiousness.

Source: The American Heritage Dictionaries

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”— Clay Bedford

How to Foster Curiosity in Preschoolers

Be Curious Yourself

Are you still curious about the world around you? Do you stop and look at the flowers and where they came from? Does seeing a blue sky with rainbows excite you? Do you still want to learn and read about things you don’t know? Are you still curious?

Your curiosity will be contagious.   Be curious and your kids will learn that curiosity is the beginning of learning.

Allow children to ask questions

Children who ask questions means they are using their brain and thinking processes. Asking questions means they are interested.  Interested children are more open to learning. Teachers should allow the kids to ask questions during class. Sometimes one question can lead to another question and it is actually a reflective process.

Create a time to wonder together

Try using certain moments of the day when you and your child could sit down and ask things. Depends on the age, the questions could range from simple questions like “I wonder where that airplane is going?” to “Are computers like our brains?” or “Why do we fart?”

Explore different places

A visit to the museum, art gallery, parks, vegetable gardens, farms and other sites where you haven’t been to before spices up interest. My nephew loves animals. And you would see his face light up when he gets the chance to feed the animals or pet them.  Our kids love to water the plants and see their plants grow.

Look at things differently

Ever experimented looking at things differently? How about looking at things through a magnifying glass or a telescope? Have you ever tried lying on your back and watched the sky and the stars twinkling in the night?  View the world from many perspectives.

In a Nutshell

Children have this amazing level of curiosity. At age 4, my nephew Aldrich never ceases to make me laugh with his questions. Curiosity is a building block for motivation and reflective thinking. It helps kids get involved and sets them free to explore their world.

By:  Michelle Simtoco


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