IT PAYS TO ENCOURAGE CURIOSITY
Every child has an inherent curiosity spark that gets activated the moment he is born. If you find him going around fiddling all the objects around, chatters freely with no set limits; questions endlessly, meaning he has the initiative that makes him a spontaneous explorer.
A NOTE TO PARENTS:
When a child’s curiosity accepted unconditionally; it automatically translates into an attitude where he would go to any length to learn on his own.
As early as at age five most of the children pick up their basic approach towards learning. They model their eagerness by the parent’s wholesome encouragement of their early inquisitive mindset.
NEEDLESS PROTECTION DISCOURAGES THE CHILD
In the name of protection parents’ interfere at every stage discouraging the explorative zeal of the child. We see the parents’ approach, to correct or discourage a child. They do not allow him to take a path that his curiosity takes him.
If the child meets consistent thumbs down for the interest, he shows to pursue his curiosity; he may altogether turn off his eagerness to learn anything on his own. He may end up as a passive learner.
Very early the child could notice the parents’ constant objections to curtail his explorative tendencies. He makes out they do not allow him to be overly active, gags his questioning habit to a minimum. He further discovers that parents seemed happy when he acts subdued, stays quiet and docile and sits at one corner.
Gradually, the outcome, he underplays his active self and learns to remain passive in his learning. Eventually, he may also lose confidence in himself to learn on his own.
IT PAYS TO RECOGNIZE THE CHILD’S NATURAL ENTHUSIASM
For five years before the child enters the school, he is engaged in trying to assess his boundaries and his parent’s reaction to his inquiring approach to learning.
He also tests the waters of how much freedom it allows him to be on his own, what are his limitations. As parents, we assume he is young, but the early environment; the child finds himself leads to either encouraging or curtailing his natural curiosity. That prints a significant influence on his attitude towards learning.
When the child’s natural curiosity curtailed, his built-in enthusiasm for learning fails him.
Parents and teachers are responsible for seeing the bright shine of a child’s curiosity. Especially during the first five to six years. Never should his freedom to learn shadowed by giving safety and protection as an excuse. Every child should know his free spirit of curiosity is the basis for his attitude towards learning.