“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
- Dorothy Parker
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
- Albert Einstein
From the moment we are born, curiosity fuels our desire to learn about the wider world.
As we grow older, our initial fascination with human faces expands into a fascination with anything and everything. We use our entire body -- each of our senses -- to take in information about the world of wonder we encounter. Our excitement is often palpable. We gasps and wriggle with excitement as we encounters a new and unexpected sensation for the very first time.Curiosity comes naturally to all human beings. It powers the cycle of learning: our delight in learning something new encourages us to want to learn even more. The easiest way to raise kids who love to learn is to fuel our kids' sense of wonder and curiosity. Here are a few practical things you can do.
Create a loving bond with your child. That bond will give your child the confidence to take the risks that learning entails.
Expose your child to a sensory-rich environment, both at home and in the community. Pay attention to your child’s reaction to the new stimuli she is encountering and ramp it up or tone it down to avoid overwhelming or over-stimulating your child.Related:
Encourage exploration and welcome questions. Allow your child to experience the joy that comes from first-hand discovery (within safe and age-appropriate limits, of course).
Celebrate the different creative paths different people follow. Understand that your child’s attempts to find the answers to her questions may result in her following a different creative path to find the answer than the path that you would take. Delight in that difference.
Raise brave and resilient children (as opposed to children who are so afraid of the world beyond their own bedrooms that they dampen their own sense of curiosity out of self-defense).
Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwan. How to Empower Students to Ask Questions and Care About Answers (.pdf)* * * If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the blog reader survey yet, here’s the link. I look forward to hearing what you have to say. Thanks for your feedback.