Nina Chen, Ph.D., CFLE, former Human Development Specialist, Jackson County, University of Missouri Extension
Curiosity drives children to explore, learn and discover new things. According to Dr. Bruce Perry, professor of child psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, curiosity is the beginning of a “cycle of learning.” Curiosity not only leads to exploration and discovery, but also mastery of learning as the cycle repeats itself with new curiosities and discoveries.
As children explore, their experiences fuel social, physical, emotional and intellectual development. Children with less curiosity are less likely to participate in social groups and may be harder to teach. The following are some tips for parents to help spark children’s curiosity…
For important tips to help fuel your child’s curiosity, which can be fun and enriching for parents as well, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/parentingarticles/parenting93.htm