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The Power of Curiosity

Posted by: Rhonda July 14, 2015

“I am neither very clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious!” Albert Einstein

“In early childhood we often say that the process is more important than the product—usually referring to children’s art. However, it is important to recognize that process reigns supreme in most of what children do,” writes Judith Pack. When children are interested or intrigued by an idea they have incredible drive to pursue it, even if their aim seems completely illogical to an adult.

Curiosity is an intense desire for knowledge about something. A good teacher will intentionally create an educational environment full of mysteries that will nurture and entice this natural curiosity, fueling the process of learning.

Fact, fantasy, and imagination are all intertwined in a child’s mind as they explore the world in all its complexity. This is remarkably similar to how scientists function: instead of stopping at the known facts, they begin there, right where the facts run out and the mystery begins. Read the article.