This post was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
As a mother of four I have been asked “why” many times. When your kids are young they seem to want to know why about almost everything. Kids can be very curious and it is my job as a mom to answer those never-ending “why” questions and encourage early learning because we are our children’s first teachers.
When one of my oldest daughters was around four she liked to ask why OFTEN and one day I asked her why she asks why so much. She kindly responded with this question, “how will I know if I don’t ask?”. She was right! Encouraging curiosity with your children can spark an environment of possibility, excitement and personal success that can leave them feeling intellectual, valuable and unstoppable.
I encourage early learning and curiosity by keeping plenty of books for my kids to read. I have always enjoyed books and love the fact that all of my kids enjoy books from my youngest to my oldest. Another way I encourage curiosity is by taking them on little adventures outdoors from taking a walk to the park, teaching them how to fish to taking a trip to the local zoo.
Another way that you can encourage early learning is with apps! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has an app called The Curious World app that is designed for children ages 3-7 that has over 500 FUN and educational games, videos and books for kids to explore and enjoy.
Right now there is a special campaign going that is dedicated to cultivating creativity and curiosity in the children of today. With the #SparkAMind campaign Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has created a place online where everyone can share ideas and find inspiring ways to spark a mind. When you use the hashtag #SparkAMind, it will appear on the #SparkAMind mini-site and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate a children’s book to an early learning organization to help close the early education gap and prepare children for long-term success in school and in life.