Most parents of young children have been bombarded with the “why” questions. “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do I have to eat these vegetables?” “Why can’t I breathe underwater like a fish?”
Questions like these come from a child’s innate sense of curiosity—and that’s a wondrous thing that should be encouraged.
Curiosity is important because it:
- starts with a quest for knowledge and wanting to know more
- fosters intelligence
- helps us all to see things in different ways
- can help young students make connections
- nourishes wonderment and happiness
- promotes openness and acceptance of differences
- helps build confidence with newly acquired knowledge
- motivates learning
- enhances social awareness and self-confidence
- and cultivates life-long learning
Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.” So the next time your young child is “passionately curious,” help her as best you can. This may require some simple research on a home computer, or one at the library. Your interest will reinforce her sense of wonder. Help her explore the world around her, and share in her joy of discovery!