We all know how naturally curious children are. That curiosity is an instinct that can and should be developed into a critical skill, despite how tiresome it can be as a parent.
In private education, questioning is a target skill for building the necessary inquiry and research abilities that children need as they develop from students, professionals, and citizens. Nurturing a child’s natural instinct for inquiry is an important role around which teachers and parents must partner to ensure each child’s healthy growth and love of learning.
Answer Questions With More Questions
The questions your children ask are an interesting peek into what they are thinking and feeling. Instead of responding to each question with a yes or no answer, consider turning the question back to them. For instance, if your child asks you “what is the meaning of life?” you might respond, “what do you think is the meaning of life?” The answers may surprise you. Plus, by turning the questions back to your child, you’re inviting him or her to get comfortable in the unknown. Seeing the world as full of unknowns is a motivator for naturally curious and inquisitive people. And those people who keep asking hard questions will keep finding big answers.
Find The Answers Together
Next time your child asks you a question that you don’t know the answer to, invite them to join you in finding the answer together. Depending on the complexity of the question, this may take a simple google search, or it may require a visit to the local library. Taking on the project together is a fun way to encourage your child to follow his or her inquiry to one or more answers.
Direct Them Toward Resources
Follow your child’s curiosity. Whether your child is interested in local history, technology, or dinosaurs, you may be able to find resources in your area to help deepen his or her knowledge on the subject. From museums and libraries to college professors and authors, encourage your child to reach out to the people and places who can guide him or her to a deeper understanding of the subjects which interest them. At St. Barnabas Episcopal School, we are committed to providing resources to curious children through field trips and activities as well as groups like Mind Lab and Student Enrichment, a program which encourages team building and collaborative problem-solving.
Children are naturally curious and this instinct can be cultivated so that they develop the necessary inquiry and research skills that will help them excel in their education. As parents and teachers, we are perfectly positioned to help your child build those skills by directing them toward resources and resource people.
If you’re interested in learning how a St. Barnabas Episcopal School private education can nurture your child’s inquiry instincts, call us today.