November – Word of the Month
01 Nov 2017
“CURIOSITY. MILLIONS SAW THE APPLE FALL, BUT NEWTON ASKED WHY.“– BERNARD BARUCH –
CURIOSITY IS HAVING A STRONG DESIRE TO KNOW OR LEARN ABOUT A PERSON,THING OR EXPERIENCE.
Being curious means ASKING QUESTIONS, engaging in EXPERIMENTATION and learning from all of life’s trials and errors. Just because someone is curious does not mean that they do have knowledge on that subject, but instead they want to keep developing an opinion and learn more about it. Curious people want to broaden and deepen their understanding of the matter of interest. For instance, in MARTIAL ARTS you probably ask questions all the time about FORMS, SPARRING, SELF-DEFENSE and much more. This is because you are curious and you want to learn more whether it be to gain more knowledge about the history of martial arts, how to be the most prepared to DEFEND YOURSELF in a bad situation or what you need to know to become a BLACK BELT. The more questions you ask the more you will know.
Ask Your Students:
- What makes someone curious?
- What types of questions would a curious person just ask in martial arts class?
- Are you a curious person?
”THE DAY YOU STOP LEARNING IS THE DAY YOU DIE.” – UNKNOWN –
YOU SHOULD NEVER GO A SINGLE DAY WITHOUT LEARNING SOMETHING NEW.
Being a curious person and keeping those questions rolling helps to keep people fresh and relevant on different topics and subject matter.
If you were to live your life without learning new materials it would be like the movie Groundhog’s Day where the same day plays over and over and over again. What would the point of living a life like that be? We can constantly keep learning by asking the questions “why?”. You might find it annoying when children keep asking why, but they can be very curious as to how and why things work or what the answers are. By learning new things on a daily basis we can always be on top of what is going on in the world around us now versus something that was learned many years ago.
Ask Your Students:
- What is something new you learned today?
- What do you find yourself asking the most questions about?
- Do you learn something new in martial arts every class?
“I HAVE NO SPECIAL TALENTS. I AM ONLY PASSIONATELY CURIOUS.” – ALBERT EINSTEIN –
WHAT IS A STRANGER?
Curiosity is very useful in your daily life. One that it can help us in is decision making.
Feeling curious can help to make people SMARTER, and make HEALTHIER decisions. An example of this is choosing foods eat. The more knowledge we have about foods, good and bad, can help steer people away from tempting desires like eating junk food instead choosing fresh produce and even taking the stairs instead of an elevator. Having the right knowledge in situations like making healthy decisions can actually make people engage in better behaviors. If you know that it is better for you and your family to eat healthy and exercise because you want to avoid illness and premature diseases, your curiosity of these topics can lead you and your family to make better decisions about overall health. The more you learn about martial arts and how it can benefit you and your family the better decisions you can make to keep this a lifelong practice and maintain your skills and exercise.
Ask Your Students:
- How can being curious cause you to decide to eat better and exercise?
- If you are more knowledgeable about health and fitness, would you make better decisions about your health?
- What you are most curious about regarding your physical well-being and martial arts?
”WE KEEP MOVING FORWARD, OPENING NEW DOORS, AND DOING THINGS BECAUSE WE’RE CURIOUS AND CURIOSITY KEEPS LEADING US DOWN NEW PATHS.” – WALT DISNEY –
CURIOSITY HELPS KEEP OUR MINDS ACTIVE, OPEN, LEARNING AND EXCITING.
Your curiosity helps prepare the brain for learning. It gives people the urge to EXPLORE and seek more knowledge about our constantly changing environment. Here are some tips on how to develop your curiosity:
- Keep an OPEN MIND about all things. Be able to learn, and relearn. You may find that something you know and believe may be wrong and you will need to accept this possibility and be able to change your mind.
- Do not take things for granted. If you do not ask questions, and just take the world as it plainly is, you will lose your curiosity. Dig deeper beyond the surface of what is going on around you.
- Do not label things as “boring.” If you label something “boring,” you are closing the possibilities of ever learning more about it.
- Learning is fun. Be excited to learn something new every day. If you think learning is fun, then you will be more apt to ask questions to keep learning, and growing.
- Pick new topics or subjects and start exploring. Leave your learning comfort zone.
Ask Your Students:
- Name one thing you can do to become more curious?
- What is one topic you would like to learn more about?
Dear parents and/or guardians…
This month we are learning about curiosity. Curious people usually inquire about information they do not need to know but are simply seeking answers to questions in order to gain more and better knowledge for themselves.
Curiosity is a key component for children to learn. It helps them gain knowledge but also helps them make connections between different pieces of information. It is important for parents to create an environment for curious children by allowing questions and learning to occur.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- Encourage your children to ask questions. Do not brush off children who ask too many questions because sometimes they are simply seeking more knowledge.
- Find books, magazines, tv shows or games that help stimulate your children to ask questions. You can play games as a family or share books and magazines and then have a weekly discussion about them.
- Visit the library. When your children have questions, take a visit to the library. Sit and read books or check books out on topics that they are curious about. This gives them credible sources of gaining quality information.
- Reward your children for being curious and learning new things. This drive for more information can be initiated by the outcome of a reward.
- Encourage your children to participate in experiments. Whether they be at school or in the home, participating in experiments leads children to be curious and ask more questions about what they are doing.
CURIOSITY IS THE STRONG DESIRE PEOPLE HAVE TO KNOW OR TO LEARN SOMETHING. IT ALSO MEANS TO HAVE AN INTEREST IN A PERSON,THING OR EXPERIENCE THAT LEADS TO ASKING MORE QUESTIONS TO GAIN MORE KNOWLEDGE.