Where do raindrops come from? Because the sky is blue? How are babies born? Why do people get sick? If you’ve heard these and many other questions, know that they are among the 300 or so questions children ask every day. The complexity of these whys increases as the little ones grow.
In general, the family and caregivers wonder what to do if they don’t have the answers to all these questions right away. In these situations, experts point out that it is important for the child to feel heard and welcome in his doubts, allowing adults to respond in a simple way or explain to the little ones that it is possible to do research together in order to have a good to find a solution. answers.
In this way, the family stimulates children’s curiosity, which arises mainly in the why phase, and is essential for the development of children’s cognition, language and critical thinking.
the why phase
According to psychologist and educator Elaine Ortiz, this stage begins at age three to five as speech and language comprehension develop, because children at this age already have the necessary resources to ask questions.
Between the ages of six and eight, as the educator points out, children can formulate hypotheses for their own questions. At this stage, it is important to ask new questions and encourage knowledge building to aid in cognitive and critical development.
How to deal with the why phase?
Elaine recommends that the answers given are appropriate for each age group, so that the child increases the complexity of the questions himself when he wants something more detailed. Thus, the child’s ability to understand any subject is respected.
Furthermore, it is essential to demonstrate that doubts and questions matter, legitimize and welcome them. On the contrary, if we leave children unanswered or lie, they can become insecure and discouraged from asking questions.
If relatives and educators do not have an answer at the timeexperts recommend that adults answer that they don’t know and it’s okay not to know all the answers, but that together you can find them.
How to stimulate discoveries in the why phase?
In between ways to stimulate curiosity in childhood and enjoy the phases of being why: daily games, presenting songs, paintings, animations and storytelling, which together also contribute to the expansion of the cultural repertoire of the little ones.
In exclusive interviewjournalist and children’s author, Januária Cristina Alves, emphasizes that by making children curious to ask questions, families help the little ones to demonstrate tolerance, dialogue and respect for different opinions.
The more autonomy the child develops, the more internet and technologies become allies at the time of researchsince the little ones alpha generation are born hyperconnected. It is important to remember that adults can and should guide them in the healthy use of digital resources, limiting the time of screen exposure and access to content.
Reading and children’s curiosity: the right measure
second study made about the Alpha generation and the types of stimuli that help the literacy of the little ones, guided reading is a great ally. Books with illustrations and texts arouse children’s curiosity and, as the research shows, generate more brain activity than other content such as audio books or cartoons.
Complementing the importance of creating the habit of reading to fuel children’s curiosity, Januária also remembers that books enable greater reader participation, inviting them to reinvent and rethink history, developing children’s creativity and leading role.
Curiosity as the protagonist of Incredible Questions
“Has anyone ever wondered why we ask?”
With these and other questions, the personalized book “Great questions”, written by Januária Cristina Alves, is a fun way to encourage children to ask their own questions. In the story, in addition to the teacher and the clever Teco teddy bear, your little one will ask a lot of questions and also try to build their hypotheses and answers on it.
Books are compasses that guide both the family and the children in learning about themselves and the world. To continue to stimulate children’s curiosity and help them cope with the why phase, start customizing the Amazing Questions book and enjoy a 10% discount with the coupon BLOGDDH10, by clicking here.
At Clube da Dentro da História, families can create personalized reading kits to receive at home every month: in addition to new stories and exclusive characters, the kit also includes activities and games that stimulate children’s curiosity and new learning.
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