Curiosity is a foundation to learning. If humans did not exhibit curiosity, questions would not be asked, societies would not evolve, and learning would not take place.
There is current research demonstrating that when we exhibit curiosity our brain’s chemistry changes, which facilitates learning and helps us retain information. This study confirms what Maria Montessori knew; a child’s curiosity and mind must be engaged in the process of learning. A mere delivery of facts does not ignite a passion for learning. It must be much more.
Questions must be asked to provoke thought and encourage children to ask more questions and dig more deeply into the wonders of their world. These are the reasons that our cultural curriculum of geography, social studies and science are based on questions. How does the world work? Why do time and place matter?
As these questions are asked, as the curiosity of the children is ignited, their brains are making connections to previously learned ideas and deeper learning is happening. The more we learn about the ways that our brain functions, the more it helps us to work with children.