An inquisitive nature can play a huge part in a child’s learning progress. Parents should always encourage their child’s curiosity in order to help them cultivate a love of learning. Some children are naturally more curious than others, but there are many things you can do to encourage your child to ask more questions about the world around them.
I have teamed up with an independent school in Hampshire to share the following advice on raising an inquisitive child…
Encourage your child to ask more questions by demonstrating your own curious nature. For example, before you go to bed you could look up at the night’s sky and ask your child “Where has the sun gone?” See if they know the answer or if they have any ideas. You can then explore the answer together using a globe and a torch. Essentially, the trick is to get your child thinking about the world on a deeper level. Show your child that there’s nothing wrong with asking questions, particularly at school if they don’t understand. Questions help you to learn more.
Try new things
One great way to promote inquisitiveness is to occasionally mix up your usual routine and experience new things. Simple changes to your normal lifestyle can really go a long way in stimulating your child’s mind and making them think about things in a different light. You don’t have to travel the world to make this happen; a minor change like trying a new recipe for dinner or planning a day out is all it takes. Perhaps you could take a camping trip to remind your child that there is a lot to learn through nature. If your child becomes too familiar with their structured routine, they may cease to wonder about the rest of the world.
Help to find the answers
When your child comes to you with questions of their own, always be prepared to answer them, even if you’re busy or unsure of the answer. If you turn them away they might be reluctant to ask you more questions again in the future. If you don’t know the answer to their question you could suggest researching it together. If your child asks you a question while you are busy, be sure to acknowledge it and ask them to write it down so you don’t forget. Make time for your child’s curiosity and their learning will flourish.