Kids are curious. They want to know about the things around them, why things happen, and how things work. All the things adults have already learned and never question or think about anymore, kids are just beginning to explore. They dig up bugs, try to get a closer look at birds, and experiment with things they find throughout the house.
Curious kiddos need to feed that curiosity. School is obviously a great place to help them learn and grow in knowledge. But until they reach the school age, how are you supposed to help them learn?
An early childhood education is the answer, but the Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center is the best answer. Here, your kids will learn, grow, play, and explore the world around them. We work on helping children get the best development: cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically.
But since summer is finally here, it is on you to help your child explore their curiosities, at least until the next school year. Feeding your child’s curiosity is one of the most important things you can do for them to help them learn and grow. But how exactly are you supposed to do that? We will give you a few tips!
Lead By Example
Your kids are always watching what you are doing, and they often mimic our movements, actions, and intentions. By showing your own curiosity for the world, they will in turn become curious as well. They will find more things to be curious about and ask you to explain things to them. If you aren’t sure why something works the way it does, tell them you will learn together, look it up, understand it, and then explain it to them.
Explain things to them. If you notice them staring at the elephants intently at the zoo, tell them some facts about elephants that you know, or quickly pull up some facts on your phone and learn new things together. This will show them that there are always new things to learn, keeping them questioning the world around them.
Allowing Them to Be Curious
Don’t stifle their curiosity. Whether they are interested in everything they lay their eyes on or they are extremely interested in only certain things, let them learn what they want. This doesn’t mean you should never mention new things they might like, but don’t turn their attention about from animals to teach them about technology. It won’t interest them if they are forced into it.
Instead, is your child is interested in animals, teach them about different animals, sea animals, animals from different countries, animals that hold world records, and animals that are endangered or extinct. Help them learn what they love and when they seem to be content with their knowledge on the subject, then try switching their curiosity to other areas.
Have Them Teach You
Letting them teach you what they learn is a great way to keep them interested in learning. People love being able to teach others, whether it is just random facts, about a certain subject, and explaining the way something works. When you ask your children to explain something they’ve learned, they will be excited that they know something you don’t (even if you actually do).
This is also a great way for them to learn how to explain things well enough for others to understand and could fuel more questions for your children to explore.
Now that we have covered a few tips to help you encourage your child’s curiosity, there are a few others things that could help. Take them to different places that are all about learning, and allow them to discover new things. Exploring the world around you, together, is a great way to keep them interested in many things, learning about different subjects, and help them stay curious.
Taking them out into nature is a great way to get them interested in the world. They will see bugs, animals, and plants they may not have seen before. They will learn how to pitch a tent, build a fire, and ask about sounds they hear in the woods.
You can teach them about the stars, how mountains are formed, and about different kinds of trees. Getting your child out in nature, even if it is just a short walk through the woods, is a great way to keep them curious and constantly questioning why things are the way they are.
Zoo and Aquarium
Not only is the zoo a fun place to go with your kids on a summer day, it is a great place to them to learn and develop a knowledge about animals. They will have a favorite animal they will want to learn about. They will ask questions about why the giraffes have such long necks. They will be curious about the animals, where they comes from, and even how they got here.
The zoo is a great place to teach your child new things, even if you don’t know about them. With informational signs about each animal, it is easy for both of you to learn together. Ask them if they know anything about the animals and let them tell you what they have learned through their curiosities.
The aquarium, much like the zoo, can intrigue your children. They will learn about the different sea creatures, discover creatures they never knew existed, and may get the chance to touch the slimy and smooth back of a mantaray.
This is an obvious choice for feeding curiosity in children. But there are so many different types of museums, you could visit a new one every month in the summer. Natural history museums, space and science museums, and even museums of discovery.
These are great places to brings kids, and they are entertaining for parents as well! Learn something new with your children, get interested in what they want to learn about.
All of these places are great for feeding your child’s curiosity. They will learn about so many different things which will help them know what their true interests are in the future. All this fun times spent learning together is also a great way to bond with your children and you could learn something new as well as you explore the world with your child.
Always remember to never stop exploring, always teach your children what they want to know, and never stifle your child’s curiosity. And before summer comes to its end, enroll your children at Yellow Brick Road and allow them to get an education that thrives off curiosity and discovery. Contact us today with any questions you may have.