A few days back my 4-year young daughter asked me an age-old kid-favorite question “Mumma, why is the sky blue?”. I thought innovatively and told her “Sky is not always blue. On sunny days, it is blue, it turns grey on cloudy days and dark at night. During sunset and sunrise, it turns orange. We can get into the details of how it happens but on some other day”. Even though I didn’t give her a clear answer, I achieved my objective of expanding her thoughts and partially satisfy her curiosity.
Children are most curious and inquisitive. At times this might sound irritating to parents to answer all their questions. However, we must remember that children build their skills when we push them to try working in their direction of interest. Being inquisitive shows the tendency of children to want to know more about different things around them. Curiosity helps them observe and construct new knowledge about various aspects of their life.
Children’s curiosity, when nurtured properly, can help them reach great heights. Curiosity is the mother of all inventions. So when kids constantly ask why about everything, try to connect and answer them every possible way in the best possible way so that they a develop an interest in knowing about different things and skills for all-round development.
I realized that no matter how obvious questions children ask, it is important to answer them so that their interests and skills in things around them develop. Sometimes amidst of all these questions, they tend to learn new facts and figures which no book can teach them.
According to the famous 17th century British author, linguist and lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson: “Curiosity is a permanent and certain characteristic of vigorous intellect”.
When children are just beginning to learn about the world around them, their “Why, How & When” are very important to let them fly. This curiosity and inquisitive nature can help them self-develop their skills, concepts, understanding, and vocabulary. It fosters a “let me try” attitude in a children which is a great 21st-century skill.
Encouraging our children to ask questions so that they know about things around them and making it a point to engage with them in conversations goes a long way in enabling youngsters.
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