Questions come from young children from the moment they start talking. Why, Mommy? How, Daddy? At the end of a normal day, parents often wonder how such a small being could ask so many things. Children are born with insatiable curiosity, something that is necessary to make sense of all the new things their world brings them into contact with each day. The more answers they receive, the more they ask. Curiosity is nature’s way of seeing that children learn.
A child who finds his questions answered learns to seek more understanding. You have only to look at the way a child’s face lights up when a concept clicks and they are able to take one thing they learned and apply it correctly to something else. The child’s self-esteem grows and they seek to reproduce the good feelings associated with learning. Allowing a child to explore gives them the tools they will need as they grow into adulthood. They learn that new and wonderful experiences await their exploration and they have no fear in trying new things.
The child who has been allowed to question seeks out ways to grow and make life better. It is this child who will one day seek new methods for exploring the heights of space and depths of the oceans. This is the child that doesn’t accept disease, but instead questions why it exists and how we can cure it. These are the future leaders who won’t be satisfied with being told to accept what is. They know there is more out there and won’t rest until they find a new and better way. No, this is the child that will make a better way.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.