Do you remember how curious you were as a child? How you questioned the world around you and wondered why things worked the way they did? Do you remember wanting to learn and understand everything? Most of us are curious as children and question everything, but as we grow older, many of us lose that curiosity. Maybe it is because we understand the things around us a little better so we stop asking “why” as much. Maybe it is because we have so much other stuff going on in our lives that it’s hard to stay curious.
While we may not be as curious as we once were, our children certainly haven’t lost that curiosity yet. While technology can make it easy to keep kids distracted and stop their minds from wandering, keeping your kids curious can help them in many ways. Curiosity in children is beneficial and can lead to benefits that you may have never thought of.
At East Valley Christian School in San Jose, we know that curiosity is important when it comes to raising children who think about the world around them and love to learn. In a previous blog, we discussed how to teach your children to love learning and curiosity is part of that. But what are the other major benefits of curiosity when it comes to kids? In this blog, we are going to talk all about the benefits and how you can stimulate curiosity in your kiddos. Read on to learn more and be sure to check out our private school today!
Improves Problem Solving
When your child is curious about the way things work and the world around them, they will start to figure things out on their own. If you watch a child try to figure out how to make something work and don’t jump in to help them right away, they will begin to try different methods to make it work. If they are questioning why a tree loses its leaves in the winter, they may come up with different scenarios in their head to figure it out and solve the problem.
Since curiosity is all about understanding how something works, why something is the way it is, or how to do something, your child will begin to try and solve these problems on their own, leading to better problem-solving skills. This is a skill that your child will carry with them well into adulthood, so encourage them to be curious at a young age.
Not only is curiosity linked to a love for learning, but it is also linked to higher academic achievement. Kids who are curious will find more enjoyment in their classes and participate more in school. Since children who are curious will generally find interest in most everything they do, they will be interested in learning about all the different topics in school.
This improved academic achievement also translates to their performance at work as they get older. When you encourage your child to be curious, you will be helping them to thrive in school and enjoy learning through the years. Encouraging your child at a young age to be curious about the world around them can help them get more out of school and enjoy learning in these environments.
A curious child wants to learn and wants to understand, this means they are more likely to face their fears and step outside their comfort zone. If your child is shy but curious about how something works, you can have them ask questions to those who know more to get their answers. If your child is scared of something but also curious about it, they can use their curiosities to push past their fears and work on finding out more. If your child is curious about something that interests them, they are more likely to step outside of their comfort zone, which helps them grow and develop.
When a child is curious, they are more likely to talk to others and learn about other’s lives. This can help them to become more empathetic because they are seeing the world from someone else’s perspective and are better able to understand that everyone experiences things differently. Your child may begin to wonder about other people, which will lead them to learn about people outside of their social circle. By learning about others, how they live, their worldviews, and experiences, your child will learn, grow, and become more empathetic.
Builds Better Relationships
Not only can curiosity help your child develop empathy, but it can also help them build better relationships. When you show interest in others, people find you to be friendlier and easier to talk to. Think about a time when someone showed interest in you and kept asking your questions about your life. It is very likely that you view this person as a friendly, warm, and caring person. By being curious, without being nosy, you can show interest in a person and develop a better relationship with them. Whether it is a friend, family member, or another student at school, when your child asks them questions and wants to learn more about them, they will build better relationships with these people. This can teach your child how to improve and build relationships as they get older.
Leads to Happiness
Research has found that curiosity is associated with increased levels of positive emotions and lower levels of anxiety. Curiosity is also associated with more life satisfaction and psychological well-being. Learning new things releases dopamine and other chemicals that lead to happiness. So, if your child is curious and learning about the world around them, chances are they will be happier!
There are so many benefits to being curious and your child can learn, develop, and grow with their curious minds. At East Valley Christian School, we are a private Christian school in San Jose that works hard to teach our students to love learning and develop a curiosity for the world around them. Help stimulate your child’s curious mind, schedule a tour to our private school, and contact us to learn more!