Curiosity..The Pathway to Early Learning

Jumpstart Preschool Aundh

We are born curious. All through our lifespan, it is curiosity which encourages us to understand our surroundings and makes us adapt to face life’s challenges. Curiosity broadens a child’s mind, helps them in exploring; enough to comprehend their environment.

Curiosity in early ages:

 

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a. Quite literally, as a parent, you are the doorway to the child’s world of knowledge, love and learning

b. A child’s curiosity is first focused on you parents, with them gazing intently on your facial features and contours, to your warm voice and your even warmer touch

c. Continual interaction encourages natural learning within them

d. No sooner has the child started moving its arms and legs. It has started shaking a rattle and putting toys in its mouth in an attempt to understand its wonderful surrounding

e. As a toddler, curiosity reaches its hilt with the joy of discovery

f. The child would throw things around because it amazes him to see it break into pieces, he would turn the lights on and off again to learn more on cause and effect

g. The child would like to pour water into differently shaped containers to learn about size and volume or pretend to be a character as he wonders what it would be to fit into someone else shoes

h. The wonderful cuddly baby has now stepped into the terrible twos and threes zone – their curiosity about the world is more than infectious; it now heralds a slightly antagonizing era for parents

i. Their latent inquisitiveness needs answers and soon would you be loaded with a deluge of

“What is that” to “how do you do this” to “what happens if we..”

j. In the midst of our working hectic lifestyle, parents often feel irritated and tend to discourage them and constrain their curiosity

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The terror of technology:

Technology becomes our saviour and we find ourselves providing them with the latest of gadgets in an attempt to restrict their physical activities. Inadvertently we are gradually killing their interest about external exploration and thereby curbing their development.

 

Below are some tips that would enable you to nurture your child’s curiosity:

a. Develop interesting play activities with your child – Play is the primary engine of growth

b. Encourage it by building things together, making a hurdle game, engaging in clay activities – all these would fashion their imagination into reality

c.  Model interest in your surroundings – Walk through parks, gaze at the stars, bury your feet in the sand, garden

d. Children explore with their senses and these activities will foster their understanding of nature in turn making them appreciate their surroundings

e. Respectfully listen and respond to the child’s questions – If the questions are awkward or difficult to respond, redirect if required but don’t discourage

f. Stimulate open-ended discussions

g. Encourage curiosity with simple hands-on experiments – Spend time in making art and craft, cook together, teach them basic concepts visually

h. Children get enthused by the most basic things as long as you are involved enthusiastically; you just have to let your child’s curiosity be your guide

i. Devote time! As a parent, you alone play a pivotal role in the mental, physical and intellectual improvement of your child

j. Invest your time in them, seek out new experiences together, and instil the love of learning!

 

Curiosity dimmed is a future declined!

 

You can also read:

Curiosity Opens Doors to Learning

 

Written by:
Sneha Tapadia

28 thoughts on “Curiosity..The Pathway to Early Learning”

  1. I truly agree that curiosity begins at a very early age. This blog has really good and simple tricks to understand it. Thank you

  2. Amazing blog of curiosity for the early age. Wonderful tips given . The tip of simple hands on experiments is my favourite one.

  3. Nice blog of curiosity for kids . Wonderful tips given . The tip of simple hands on experiments is my favourite one.

  4. The blog has very simple and interesting ways of inculcating curiosity in a child.Very well explained the importance of curiosity in early age

  5. I truly believe that the child should be curious. Curiosity definitely begins at a very early age. Very nicely written blog and tips given very easy to implement.

  6. Wonderful write up. People who seek to explore the world are only driven by curiousity. Very interesting and easy to use tips provided as well.

  7. I agree curiosity begins at early age. The blog has easy tips to build up curiosity in child’s mind. Very well written.

  8. A child’s curiosity is their internal desire to explore and learn themselves, while babies are born curious. So I truly believe curiosity is the only way to Learn at an early age. While the tips shared in the blog are the most effective and easy ones and one should definitely try and see how it actually works. Accurate information has been jot down and a nice way to spread goodness through blogs.Thankyou Jumpstart.

  9. Curiosity lies in every age group, it’s very important to nurture it in right direction and at right time as well. This blog is very helpful to create an healthy environment around them and make them to explore their imagination.

  10. Very well explained
    What is curiosity How its develop(the stages)
    How the parents encourage their child by giving beautiful tips

  11. Very well explained
    What is curiosity How its develop(the stages)
    How the parents encourage their child and nuture the curiosity by giving beautiful tips

  12. Very well explained the concept. As a parent we must try to answer the question and give our toddlers proper attention as explained in the blog.
    Easy to go tips for us to follow
    Thanyou Jumpstart.
    Now am too curious to read more blogs.

  13. This blog has explained some wonderful tips that would enable us to nurture child’s curiosity. Very well written. Thank you Jumpstart.

  14. A well written blog and the tips given are wonderful. Curiosity leads to learning and children are naturally curious. Curiosity about things will lead to exploration and it enhances a student’s ability to learn and understand new concepts.

  15. Very well worded also I liked the hands on experience as well as open end discussions on curiosity generation

  16. Children are born with a rage to learn. They want to learn about everything and they want to learn about it right now.
    This blog help us to understand how to nurture our little ones Curiosity. Easy to go tips for us to follow.
    Thank you Jumpstart for this wonderful blog

  17. Very nice and useful tips mentioned in the blog. Curiosity Is the only way of learning Independently. Answering to the questions asked by children helps in fun learning and keeping curiosity alive. Thank you for sharing an amazing Blog.

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