February 26 2016

Principal’s Message Feb 24, 16

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

There is an old proverb that says:
“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever”

It’s no surprise that Google, a website all about asking questions, is the biggest website in the world. Asking questions is an important part of every person’s life, and a child’s natural curiosity is one of their biggest assets when they are growing up. The more a child asks questions, the more they discover and learn. As parents we do our children a great service when we encourage them to ask questions, and then giving them the skills to find out answers to those questions.

Students and staff are currently celebrating Science Month at the NIS Primary School. Science is a subject which I find most students enjoy as they are naturally curious about the world around them. This month the students will be conducting a lot of different experiments and explorations, and will be learning how to ask and answer questions in a scientific manner.

Even though Science Month will be great at encouraging your child to be curious, like so many things, a child’s curiosity is developed primarily at home. It is the everyday interactions that you have with your child which will have the greatest impact on whether they grow up to be inquisitive or not. With this in mind, I found a wonderful article that I would like to share with all parents about how you can raise an inquisitive child:

Children are natural born explorers. As babies they mainly use their hands to make sense of the world around them. But as soon as they start talking, asking questions is their way of fueling their never ending curiosity.

Your child may use questions to get your attention. He may want to establish contact with the adult world or he may be seeking clues to build his own opinion on things. Whatever the reason, encouraging him to ask freely about anything and everything will boost his confidence and promote his curiosity.

When the physicist Isidor Rabi accepted his Nobel Prize in 1944 he dedicated it to his mother: “Every other mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. ‘Izzy,’ she would say, ‘Did you ask a good question today?’ That difference — asking good questions — made me become a scientist.”

There are many ways to stimulate your kid’s inquisitiveness and help him to be even more perceptive. Here are a few ideas:

  • Ask questions: if you ask him often about things he will learn to ask too.
  • Talk to him about arguments that will make him think. Start conversations about love, values, the world… You will activate his capacity to build his own opinions and you will learn what sort of things in-terest him.
  • Establish an open atmosphere at home: create an environment where your child feels free to express himself. If you talk openly about everything your kid will soon learn that no question is uncomfortable and that any argument is valid to start a conversation.
  • When reading a story or watching a movie stop before the ending and ask him “How do you think this is going to end?”
  • Ask “Why do you think this is?” You will develop his critical thinking and motivate him to find answers by himself hence promoting his independence.
  • Don’t make up the answers by yourself: when talking about delicate matters it’s better to be honest than to invent improbable answers that would only confuse him more. Be brief, no need for long explana-tions, a concise straight answer will probably satisfy him. If your kid senses that you are making up your answers he will lose trust in you as a confidante.
  • If you don’t know the answer just say so. Tell him “Let’s find out!” and find time to search for the answer with him. That way your child will learn that it is okay not to know things and will be less embarrassed to ask next time.
  • Have a special place at home for the “Question of the Week.”

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