Curiosity is the necessary internal motivation for children to learn something new. This desire to understand something must first be nurtured by the child’s primary relationships. The child whose family researches, reads and shares information will learn to research, read and make connections between information, just like the family he takes as a role model. Children develop their emotional, physical, social and intellectual capacities thanks to the experiences they gain while researching. As children’s sense of curiosity develops, their intellectual capacity also increases.
People are curious from the moment they are born. If children, who are much more curious than adults, are provided with a rich learning environment, their average success will be much higher.
We have compiled 10 ways for you on how to develop the sense of curiosity in children.
- 1- Share the child’s sense of curiosity. Get excited about the things they are excited about and research together.
- 2- Enrich the child’s learning environment in accordance with his development.
- 3- Let the child think freely. Stay away from limits that will hinder your creativity.
- 4- Help the child to perceive what is going on around him. Remember that getting wet outside in rainy weather is a new and enjoyable experience for him.
- 5- Provide children with materials and environments that will stimulate their senses. Do not forget that smells, music, colors stimulate the child’s senses.
- 6- As the child’s skills increase, give more challenging tasks that will support his development.
- 7- Pay attention to the subject that the child is curious about. Ask him questions and encourage him to ask questions too.
- 8- Listen to the child and definitely answer his questions. When you have a question for which you don’t know the answer, offer to research it together or direct it to the right source where it can be learned.
- 9- Move slowly while walking together. The things that come into their sight may be things you don’t realize.
- 10- Keep track of how your child’s interest develops. If you think he has an interest in playing an instrument or drawing pictures, you should make time to go to a concert or a museum with him before taking his education.
Curious children become innovative and visionary people tomorrow. Feed children’s curiosity. No new ideas will emerge without curiosity.
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