What Should Be Done to Quench Children's Curiosity?

What should be done to satisfy the curiosity of children
What should be done to satisfy the curiosity of children

Children are born naturally curious. Experts who state that knowledge-oriented learning occurs with active curiosity, emphasize that information is more permanent thanks to the reinforcement of their curiosity from the moment they are born. Experts point out that if the questions asked by the children to their parents are left unanswered or passed over, curiosity passes to the non-lively point of curiosity and introversion may occur.

Üsküdar University NP Etiler Medical Center Clinical Psychologist Saadet Aybeniz Yıldırım made evaluations about the development process of children's emotional intelligence and curiosity.

It's that easy to learn if there is curiosity

Stating that whether curiosity is an emotion is still a matter of debate, Saadet Aybeniz Yıldırım, clinical psychologist, said, “Apart from this discussion, we can talk about two kinds of curiosity. The first is situational curiosity, a curiosity that arises in the face of a new situation that exists in everyone. We can consider how the curiosity, which we can express as a personality trait, occurs in children and how this feature develops in their personality structures. In fact, children are born as inquisitive. Especially after he starts to walk, he starts by wondering his surroundings and surroundings. Over time, we sometimes have problems regarding whether to keep this curiosity alive or not. If this sense of curiosity is not very vivid at an older age, it needs to be recreated. "If there is curiosity, as supported by clinical observations, learning can take place much better," he said.

The persistence of knowledge is linked to curiosity

Pointing out that people often chase after their feelings, Yıldırım continued his words as follows:

“Knowledge-oriented learning emerges with active curiosity. When the feelings of curiosity are reinforced from the moment children are born, the information continues with them in a more permanent way. When we look at it in general, we see that this sense of curiosity remains in the background among students and employees. Of course, this also has to do with the education system. Maybe because it is not based on curiosity, but they are trying to get away from it gradually. The way information is transferred, which is the most important point in the creation of curiosity, is very valuable because when we transfer the information as book knowledge, it can stay in our minds for a certain period of time. Children may be asked to make predictions if a subject is being studied to increase the permanence of knowledge, or if a book is being read, contact the child before starting to read. sohbet can be. "It can be very valuable to first create a diagram point and then support the missing information in that diagram with curiosity."

It is very important for parents to support this process.

Clinical Psychologist Saadet Aybeniz Yıldırım continued her words as follows:

“In order to share information and respond to those feelings of curiosity at any time, in any situation, parents sometimes experience exhaustion. This time is very precious because, in this age group, when questions remain unanswered, mothers and fathers remain unanswered, or questions are passed over, that curiosity unfortunately passes to the non-lively point of curiosity. When the child cannot get the answers he wants from the mother and father, he can turn into it and tries to develop this curiosity through an internal process. At this point, when the child asks a question, it should be answered actively, that curiosity should be eliminated together. It is very valuable for parents to support this process together. Mothers and fathers can have a busy pace of work, but this point is very valuable. Together, we can say that supporting that process is quite effective. "They can research a topic together, and share information with each other without being too superficial to reveal their curiosity," he said.

They take the big ones as an example in the use of screens

Emphasizing that children definitely take the role of the elders in digital media, Yıldırım said, “The more time their parents spend on the screen, the more attention they can give while answering the questions of the children, the process really takes shape. To be the right role model for children, the time allotted for them should be more independent and research-oriented than the screen. It is very important to be able to limit it because they can go up to very difficult dimensions and behavioral problems to stay on the screen unlimitedly. It is very important to know and control what the child watches at the control point, what applications he uses, and what he enjoys watching. Therefore, a limit should be set as to how long it will use or not. I also observe that children in the house continue very well with responsibilities and are disconnected from the screen, but it is very important that this is definitely created by the parents. Responsibilities to be given to each age group are different. "We can say that it is very valuable to give responsibility according to age."

Observational toys can be effective

Clinical Psychologist Saadet Aybeniz Yıldırım stated that the topic of toys is a very curious subject by parents and completed her words as follows:

“This is actually a part of what the child wants to deal with and what he has curiosity about. Curiosity arises here, according to the child's wishes. Some children are happy with mechanical toys, while others are happy with other toys. At this point, the puzzle has a huge impact. The more the number of pieces, the more difficult they can be. Toys that are oriented to create, that they observe themselves, can be more effective because their dream worlds emerge with curiosity. Sometimes they can pick up a purely imaginary object and say it's a car. Since they do not know the objects very much, they can have meanings in their own way. Imaginary worlds can also emerge with that curiosity. Observing the child is very valuable. The feelings of curiosity can be learned by going on the subject of what the child enjoys. In other words, it is not necessary for a girl to play with a baby. "They can enjoy different things," he said.

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