Children have a natural curiosity, which needs to be recognised and nurtured. Yet many of us are guilty (sometimes unintentionally) of hushing or ignoring our children's eager questions when these come too fast and furious for us to answer.
Learn to be patient with your kids to give them the room to learn and find out more about the world around them. This innate sense of curiosity can help your kids to grow into intelligent and well-adapted individuals. Here are some ways that you can help nurture your child's curiosity.
Give positive reinforcement
For children, there is a greater satisfaction from discovering new things if the people they love and respect (their parents of course!) are there to share these discoveries positively.
Give your children words of praise or a rewarding nod of approval to give them the confidence they need to sustain their curiosity.
Recognise the different learning styles
Children learn in different manners and at different speeds. Understanding your child's temperament and learning style will help you to better facilitate your little one’s learning journey.
Some kids might be more adventurous with learning experientially by heading outdoors to touch, smell, taste and explore their surroundings. Others might prefer to read and discover new knowledge and fictional worlds through books.
Work closely with the school teachers
Work closely with your child's teachers and support them in their planning of lessons or programmes that strive towards achieving this outcome.
Give more importance to the value of creative outlets for kids, rather than focus on just academic achievements alone.