Research shows that when children are curious, they not only learn more, but are more likely to remember what they learned. If you watch a young child for a few minutes, you’ll see his or her natural curiosity at work. Infants are always picking up objects, examining them, and using their senses to explore and learn about them. As they get older, children express their curiosity by asking questions – hundreds of questions – about things that they want to know more about.

Curiosity isn’t just being interested in something; it involves wanting to know more about something when we are surprised by it or when it doesn’t fit with what we already know [1, 2]. We are naturally curious when things are new or unexpected and we want to know more about these situations. Experts who study curiosity have found that it motivates us to learn new things, and that this can even be seen in infants. If we encourage young children’s curiosity, we may be able to provide special opportunities for language learning.
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