One of the everlasting memories every parent has is that of their child asking questions. Some quote – “The questions go and on!” “The questions are across so many thought processes” “The questions are pure torture!” “The questions are so diverse, I never know what to say!” “How do I answer his questions? I feel so unequipped to deal with the increasing curiosity!” “I am unable to keep up with the increasing hunger for knowledge. I think books are better!” and so on. I can keep quoting more, but I think we get the idea here.
If you notice, children express their curiosity even before they speak. They use the language that they can best – touch, feel, cry and shove everything in their mouth. The little one’s world has exploded suddenly to include new smells, touches, materials, sounds and tastes. It is over-whelming for any baby to receive so much information as soon as they are born. However they are also very resilient. They know how to break information into pieces. As they grow, their expression, their vocabulary increases. They yearn to experience better. Focus better. This thus leads to more questions. The attitude to go the depth of the subject at hand instead of flitting from subject to subject is developed now.
Allow the child to ask as many questions as possible, until his curiosity is satiated. What it essentially means, simply put is, don’t shut him out. Let him express. This has two fold benefits. The thought process and its complexity develops. And you build a strong connect with him. He expresses and you know how he thinks. This goes a long way in relationship building. So whatever it is, let him ask. Allow him to investigate. Nurture his curiosity. Develop faith in him.
Give him small projects related to his questions. Enrich him with resources so he can learn to self-teach. Have engaging conversations with him. And lastly, ask him questions. Make him think more. Make him more curious.
Building curiosity and questioning promotes self-learning. The ability to ask the right questions and therefore learn through that process builds up inside the little being. This, in turn, enhances the learning process, because curiosity is never satiated.
Television, books and the I-pad. These are standard means of learning of today. But, questions are unpredictable. Curiosity is unpredictable. They take the child and his thinking to a direction he might never have ventured into. Thus a new exploration process begins. This exploration process helps build the character of the child. As he experiences uncertainty in life, his ability to deal with it also improves.