Curiosity didn't actually kill the cat.
Did you grow up with this saying?
Curiosity killed the cat, information made him fat
This was a very common response given to children growing up in 1970's and 1980's Ireland, if they asked questions - Who? Why? What? Where? When?
It was meant to teach children to stop asking questions, or they would die or get fat like a cat! Well....that is how children interpret old sayings isn't it? They take things as literal.
As I wrote above, the cat never actually died for asking questions and for being curious - that was a lie. In fact we now know that curiosity helps us learn, grow, and discover. It’s a natural human desire to explore and learn new things.
The benefits of Curiosity
Curiosity is the key to learning and understanding our world, and children are natural born detectives.
Curiosity helps children observe, to think about things and to try to find answers.
A curious child who is responded to by the adults, will have a larger range of vocabulary.
Curiosity is really connected to empathy and kindness in people.
Curiosity encourages critical thinking, an important skill in the 21st century.
Curiosity encourages an active mind, from childhood to adulthood.
Curiosity in childhood, encourages life-long learning.
Curiosity levels in a person, according to studies, can relate to a person's levels of happiness
So let's encourage curiosity in our children whether we are parents, guardians or educators.
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