The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.—Dorothy Parker
I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.--Eleanor Roosevelt
What’s inside of an egg? What happens when we crack an egg? How do a whole egg and a cooked egg look different? These are the types of questions we can ask to encourage curiosity in children’s everyday lives whether we’re at home cooking or during science in School Skills at Gymboree Play and Music.
Curiosity is a desire to learn. Children are naturally born with this internal desire and it’s not something we have to make or force our children to learn. We do however; have an important role in supporting children’s eagerness to learn. We can encourage children’s curiosity by:
- Providing opportunities for children to explore in new ways with various materials
- Follow the lead of the child so they’ll know their interests are valued
- Providing a sense of security and trust to allow children to feel safe as they explore new environments and materials
In School Skills, our teachers are trained to look for opportunities to nurture curiosity and encourage children to explore in new ways. Recently in class, children were given the opportunity to explore condensation by breathing into the mirror and watching their breath or “vapor” show up on the mirror. Questions were posed for children to guess and think about their own responses to what they saw such as:
- “What do you see in the mirror?”
- What do you think might happen when you breathe on the mirror?
- Will it stay the same?
- What happened when you breathed onto the mirror?
- What do you see? We Love School Skills!
- Why did it fog up?
Science is a great way to nurture curiosity. Many questions can be raised and many answers can be given. Allow children to come up with their own ideas and suggestions during an activity and gain an eagerness to explore, discover and figure things out. The more curious a child is, the more he learns.