Curiosity is the best teacher!


07 January 2021

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“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning”

- William Arthur Ward

What is curiosity?

Curiosity is the desire to know. Curiosity makes our brains more receptive to learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.

It’s perhaps a no-brainer that curiosity drives human beings in many ways. It’s the cornerstone of path-breaking discoveries and inventions. But what is under-emphasized is how important it is to allow children to nurture their innate sense of wonder about the world around them.

Curiosity is underemphasized in the classroom, but research shows that it is one of the strongest markers of academic success. According to a recent study conducted by a group of researchers from the University of Michigan, curious children can grasp math better.

A baby peeping under a table

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."

- Albert Einstein

Curiosity boosts people's ability to learn and retain new information, thanks to key reward and memory centers in the brain.

For questions that they were curious about, participants remembered answers better than for questions in which they were less interested.

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Most of us can recall how we asked endless questions when we were little. We also remember how such spurts of enthusiasm ended – with time-outs!

All the same, we now know we learn best when we have a sense of discovery and not commandments or ready-made answers.

And this is where Cuemath steps in!

Creative Reasoning through Puzzles

At Cuemath, we provide highly engaging puzzles to build your child’s creative reasoning skills and learn the WHY behind the WHAT of every question.

Imagine your child learning even advanced concepts such as truths and lies and the pigeonhole principle through puzzle cards.

A curious kid thinking

Sample Puzzle*

On the island of Knights and Knaves, I met three people A, B, and C, one of whom is a knight, another is a knave, and the other is a spy. The knight always tells the truth, the knave always lies, and the spy can either lie or tell the truth.

A says, “I am the knight.”
B says, “I am the knave.”
C says, “I am the spy.”

The question is: Who is the spy?

The reasoning is as follows:

If A is speaking the truth, then B & C must be Knave and Spy, this is acceptable.

If A is lying, then B or C must be knights. However Knights cannot lie, hence this assumption is not acceptable.

If B is speaking the Truth, then C must be a spy. However, a Knave cannot tell the truth hence this is not acceptable.

If B is lying, then C must be a Knave, as a Knave must lie and a Spy can lie, this is acceptable.

If C is speaking the truth, then B must also speak the truth, since this is incompatible with the statement, it is not acceptable.

If C is lying, then B is also lying, which is logically compatible with the statement

Answer: B is the spy.

At Cuemath, children arrive at the aforementioned reasoning themselves as the answer is not revealed by the teacher. This helps children learn math by reasoning. The puzzles not only help children learn math by creative reasoning but also the application of math concepts in real-life situations.

So, the next time your child pesters you with questions, learn to grin from ear to ear! Your child may just get better at math.  Nope, great at math!

(*This is a representative example only. Cuemath has proprietary content designed by IIT and Cambridge alumni to help your child learn math better and faster)


Curiosity is important for children and adults alike, curiosity has been linked with psychological, emotional, social, and even health benefits such as it help us survive, it keeps people happy, it boosts achievement, strengthens the relationship.

Curiosity enhances learning. It boosts people's ability to learn and retain new information, thanks to key reward and memory centers in the brain.

Animated image of a curious kid looking through magnifying glass.

About Cuemath

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Curiosity as the best teacher

Is curiosity good or bad?

Research suggests that being curious might be a social glue that strengthens our relationships.

How do you encourage curiosity in a child?

Tips for Nurturing Curiosity

  1. Model interest in the world around you.
  2. Follow your child's lead.
  3. Answer questions simply and clearly and according to your child's development.
  4. Use the library.
  5. Stimulate your child with open-ended questions.

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