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Kindergarten Readiness: Sparking Curiosity

What Is Sparking Curiosity?

Encouraging children to be curious, creative and eager to learn.

How Can I Teach This At Home?

Playing

1. Encourage children to be creative during playtime.

2. Have your child try new and unique ways to play! Suggesting new playtime activities for them to try is a great place to start.

3. Let your child choose the playtime activity they want to do. Ask them, "What do you need to do that today?".

Reading

1. Read about characters who are creative! This will help children see that they can be creative too.

2. Read books that feature stories about people with active imaginations.

3. Read about people who are excited to learn! This will let children think about what they can learn too.

4. Give your child a choice of 3 new books. Let them choose which one they want to read first!

Singing

1. Encourage children to make their own music! Whether singing or playing an instrument, their creativity will always come through.

Talking

1. Talk to your children about what they want to know more about! If they are interested in a topic, talk with them about it by sharing what you know about the topic.

2. Encourage them to express "divergent thought". By letting them disagree with you and encouraging them to find more than one solution to a problem, they will learn to apply that thinking to other problems later on.

 

Writing

1. Make a list of activities you can do with your child over the weekend! Brainstorming creative ideas together can keep their creativity flowing.

2. Encourage children to use art as a way to be creative.

Skills Checklist

Where Do I Start?

While we would encourage children to come to the library and choose their own books to better develop this skill, the following books are about others who are curious, creative, and eager to learn!

Need More?

The catalog for the Waco-McLennan County Library is available here!

If you want to search for more resources in our catalog in this subject, we suggest you search for the following subject headings:

For more assistance with searching and locating items held by the Waco-McLennan County Library, use our Ask a Librarian feature available on our catalog website or stop in to one of our branches!

The Waco-McLennan County Library provides patrons with access to resources through our Electronic Resources page, which can be found here. Suggested databases are listed below:

Did You Know?

Imagination is alive and thriving in the minds of America’s school-age children. It is so prevalent that 65 percent of children report that, by the age of 7, they have had an imaginary companion at some point in their lives.

Online Resources

There are many different online resources for early literacy - and we know it can be overwhelming. The following apps, blogs/newsletters, videos, and websites are some of the materials we would recommend to learn more about approaches to learning!