Children are inhabitants of the Wonderland of curiosity. Regardless of the frustration or amusement of the older generation, they simply refuse to accept a shrug for an answer. They question. And in questioning, they continue to learn new things about the world every day.
In encouraging these questions, we as adults, discover new facets to us, our beloved children and the world around us. But we stop when the questions get too difficult, too repetitive, or when we run out of new information to offer. Eventually, children learn to keep their curiosity in check. This becomes a habit and slowly, they stop questioning the order of things altogether.
Curious Times was born out of a parent’s need to keep curiosity alive in her child. It is now in the process of evolving into a simple, safe, and trustworthy platform that empowers more children and their loved ones to continue observing, unearthing, and questioning.
“Curiouser and curiouser!”
Alice, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll.
After considerable discussions with parents and teachers, we discovered a common source of discontent: the inability to connect what children learned in school with what they saw or read otherwise. With popular social media platforms geared toward sensational content, a lot of vital information slips through the cracks. We believe that this information and not the sensation attached to it forms the foundation for a generation of aware children on their way to becoming holistic citizens. This need to provide accurate, unbiased information to children combined with our urge to foster curiosity is what gave rise to Curious Times.
Whereas a news video clip or a newspaper can also serve news, we aim to go beyond that. We choose instead to strip news of empty trends, difficult words, and complicated concepts. Our articles cover a wide range of topics which not only reinforce the knowledge that children acquire in their respective curricula, but also force them out of their comfort zone through the Quiz/Contribution feature which follows certain articles – enforcing the need to read thoroughly and with attention to detail.
These articles are concise, simple and supremely informative – so much so that the estimated time to browse a day’s edition is no more than ten-fifteen minutes! Furthermore, we are conscious of how rapidly a child grows, and it is important to us that a 3rd or 4th grade child not feel left out because s/he is not able to comprehend the content which appeals to 7th or 8th graders. To address this issue, ours is a template that separates articles according to grades, so that there is something for every child. The result of these endeavors is a unique, first-of-its-kind news platform for children.
The site is curated with care by educators and parents from all over the world. Each article is personalized and nurtured with care, keeping in mind the need to simplify, educate and engage the curious minds of our young readers.