The Importance of Nurturing Curiosity at School

Words by Araina Jewell, Director of Curriculum, Academy at the Lakes

Do you remember the days when your infant or toddler put everything in her mouth, from her toes, to a toy car, to the edge of the coffee table?

Do you remember when your young child opened up every lower cabinet in the kitchen and took out each piece of Tupperware or pan lid?

How about the “why?” phase that sometimes drove you crazy?

This is curiosity in its most basic form and every child is born with it.

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Every child’s first school experience should leverage their natural curiosity.

When children get to school and spend more than half of their waking hours in classrooms, it becomes the responsibility of schools to nurture that curiosity; to continuously spark those “what if….?” and “then what?“ moments – those moments that encourage kids to learn about themselves and others, their physical environment, and the natural world around them.

 


When children get to school and spend more than half of their waking hours in classrooms, it becomes the responsibility of schools to nurture that curiosity.

 

We would always rather kids ask too many questions than too few – and school should be a place where kids learn to ask great questions – some that have actual answers and some that aren’t meant to be answered at all but rather encourage more thought and more questions.

 


School should be a place where kids learn to ask great questions.

 

We continue to spark that curiosity in children by making their physical environment enticing, by having variety in the materials available to them, by creating time for kids to explore and “get lost” in a topic, and by modeling curiosity for them.

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When students show an interest or passion in something, we help them develop their curiosity by offering freedom and flexibility to dive deeply into their interest and become fully engaged.

Drilling facts and completing worksheets may have their place (think basic math facts). But it is openness to a child’s natural desire to explore – when in the hands of a joyful professional teacher and a school culture that values the authentic engagement of each learner — that truly sparks a child’s educational experience.

 


It is openness to a child’s natural desire to explore – when in the hands of a joyful professional teacher and a school culture that values the authentic engagement of each learner — that truly sparks a child’s educational experience.

 

It is that spark that sets a child on a voyage of discovery that makes school exciting and enriching for many years to come.


At Academy at the Lakes, it’s not just about homework and worksheets. It’s about hands-on, active learning that unleashes your child’s imagination and unlocks intellectual potential. It’s what we’ve been doing for 25 years. See us in action. Schedule a tour.


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