“I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious”, -Albert Einstein
Our CEO, Sneha Tapadia says – We are born curious. All through our lifespan, it is curiosity which encourages us to understand our surroundings and makes us understand the world around us. Imagine a life without curiosity? None of the discoveries or inventions would have been possible without this element of “curiosity”.
Curiosity is something that also broadens a child’s mind, helps them in exploring and understanding the environment. As primary caregivers parents and school is the doorway to the child’s world of knowledge, love and learning. A child’s curiosity is first focused on their parents, with them gazing intently on their facial features and contours, to their warm voice and even their warmer touch. Later educators form an impression on the child’s mind. Parents and educators become the role models for the little minds. It is therefore absolutely essential for the school and parents to partner together and interact continuously with the child.
This continual interaction is absolutely essential between schools and families as it encourages natural learning within children. As a child, curiosity reaches its hilt with the joy of discovery. A child experiments with things around him/her and learns through his surroundings. It is absolutely essential to give enriching experiences for him/her to learn and understand. The experiences should build curiosity and the child should be loaded with deluge of questions like “What is that…”, “How do you do this…”, “What happens if we…” to “Why is it happening…”
As the curiosity of the world becomes more infectious for the child, and the child starts asking too many questions we as primary caregivers sometimes get annoyed because of our hectic schedules and routines and often discourage the child from asking too many questions and thereby constrain their curiosity! Schools and parents need to continuously work together to keep the curiosity alive!
Curiosity remains alive by asking a lot of open-ended questions to children while doing lot of simple hands on experiences like making art and craft together, cooking together, playing together, travelling together, solving puzzles together etc. This can get children enthused by the most basic things as long as we are involved enthusiastically. We just have to let the child’s curiosity be our guide.
Remember curiosity dimmed is a future declined!
Emani Yurembam, mother of Nikita Yurembam, a parent from Jumpstart Aundh branch says that
kids are naturally curious, they often asked many questions but at times, it can take a lot of patience to answer all of their questions.
Curiosity is the desire to learn. It is an eagerness to explore, discover and figure things out, even my daughter loves to play puzzles a lot. She learns so much more beyond her age level through activities that capture her attention and imagination.
As a parent, we should encourage our child to develop their thoughts and ideas showing love and interest to them, and always answers their questions simply and clearly.
Rewati Kulkarni, a parent from the Karve Road branch says – Remember our childhood where we weren’t pampered as much as we pamper our kids today? Remember how we used to ponder over things that we didn’t understand? Remember how we would search for answers by observing things/people incidents around us? Today, we all are seeking answers instantly, for us as well as our kids. We want to google things that we don’t know and give a solution to questions that the kids throw at us…
Well, with this, the curiosity of the kids is eventually going to diminish and all we will look at is an impatient kid with tantrums when they don’t get the answers they seek.
I believe curiosity is the fuel that helps and encourages kids to find facts, stay informed and understand behaviours. Sometimes it’s important for us to leave their questions unanswered… take ourselves through the journey of finding facts for them. Be patient throughout the journey, and when we together find the answer, be as amazed as they would be! Share that journey with them.
We must expose our kids to maximum experiences that the environment allows. Be with them while they are experiencing new ideas, explore with them and also, at times, learn with them… 🙂
Let them find their own answers, own meanings, and own definitions… all we have to do is be with them and keep their questions unanswered! And that is surely difficult.
Ghole road branch parents from Jumpstart, Aniruddha and Harsha Pandharipande share their views too. They say – Curiosity, says O’Toole, is the antidote to this plugged-in, entertainment-dependent lifestyle because it encourages and allows individuals to be intellectually self-sufficient.
As the above saying goes, right from a child is born we see that they are curious about every other thing. They feel, touch and see. It gives a child a sense of exploring every other thing that is around.“Stimulating your children’s curiosity is a wonderful gift because it enables them to continually learn, grow, and question the world they live in,”
We as a family try and do these things:
- We try to answer every question asked by my daughter which would in turn encourage her to think.
- We tend to have a twist in the traditional way,e.g. while I tell her a story I just tell her to draw something related to the story I have seen her develop her fine motor skills in this.
- We often involve her in some gardening activity and show her the progress of plants and flowers.
- She likes to play with clay dough, while she plays we try to show her how the same thing develops multiple shapes this has helped her to be more creative at times.
- We tell her open-ended stories so that she can use her imagination to finish the story. I encourage my daughter to start the story or continue with it. Sometimes my wife finds different ends for the same stories to grab her attention and to increase her curiosity level.
- We as parents always prepared to answer her spontaneous questions, and we also encourage her to ask even more because curiosity can lead to more curiosity.