Simply doing science

Sujata C

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Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning – William Arthur Ward

Children have a natural curiosity about everything. It is, in fact, the catalyst for the development of the brain. Natural inquisitive behaviour is found in human and animal species. It is a neurobiological feature and drives exploratory play in children. Play can satisfy their natural inquisitiveness. By exploring their environment children enlarge their field of experience. They discover new things and ideas while playing. This unearthing of something new brings pleasure. Happy with what they have found they repeat the activity and master it. Added to the pleasure of play is the joy of discovery which makes learning perfect.

When children start coming to school after a sheltered home life, they are bubbling with spontaneity and curiosity. The school must provide an environment that nurtures this natural curiosity.

Play and exploration are activities that help the brain grow. They help the child’s brain develop in the best possible manner. The school must provide child-sensitive spaces and opportunity for safe exploration and play.

The author is a freelance writer based in Hyderabad. She can be reached at [email protected].

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