“A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education.”
” Children are curious by nature. It begins the moment those little eyes open to this great big world. As babies they use their five senses to explore objects and we go crazy do our best to make sure nothing inappropriate makes its way into their mouths. As toddlers, more of the same except now they’re mobile and can wreck more havoc explore their environment with abundant curiosity. They can now ask “why” and they will do so over and over again.
Then…they become preschoolers and school aged and the questions are unrelenting. Though it can be exasperating at times, take comfort. Your child has a thirst for knowledge. One, that if we can continue to nurture, will serve them well throughout their lives.
So, what are some simple everyday things we can do to foster and encourage this passion for knowledge?
- Turn everyday errands into an adventure. Seriously, all you have to do is call it an adventure and your kids will think it is too. Believe me the questions will come naturally so be prepared: “Does cantaloupe grow on trees?” “How does all this food get here and why do we need to buy it?” Oy…make sure you drink lots of coffee before this so-called adventure
- Get outside, take a nature walk and let the questions fly! Get down on their level, take your time, and explore with them. They want to take that roly poly home? Okay, great. The snake…uh…no.
- Write down their questions and investigate together. Whether it’s your trusty friend Google or a trip to the library, find the answers. I am constantly surprised by how much I don’t know. I’m learning or rather, re-learning so much.
- Read, read, and read some more. I love books and I hope to instill this in my children too. Now as they are getting older, I will ask them questions about what might happen in a particular story. Their answers always surprise me and they get more creative each time.
- Plant a garden together. It can be just about anything. A lone tomato plant, some herbs, or a flower of their choice. They will love to see what it takes to make it grow.
- Let them be free. What I mean by this is, let them play independently. Let them explore without too many restrictions when feasible. Just avert your eyes, take a deep breath and let the mud fly. They can satisfy their curiosity on how vacuums work while helping you clean up….
Have a blast exploring the world with your curious child…it may just reignite your own passion for knowledge.”