“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.” – Chinese Proverb
Children are natural learners. Let’s remember that as we help them become the best versions of themselves.
“The way things are done” might have worked for a certain time period, and they might not have, but the time is now. Tune into what’s happening now with each child on an individual level. There’s so much focus on being “on level” that it doesn’t leave room for individuals to recognize their true strengths.
Many people may find that their children aren’t in an environment where this would work, but that doesn’t mean the idea has to be scrapped. I’m of the belief that instead of saying what can’t be done, one should ask, “how can I do this and make it work for my situation?” Weekends and evenings are a great place to start looking if you don’t feel your life aligns to this concept.
But the point is that we all benefit when we allow children to develop their own unique talents and skills. The world truly grows when we allow people to explore and learn in comfortable ways. Everything doesn’t have to be rigid.
Remember, children are natural learners until you take them out of that vibration.
Here are some other thoughts on this same idea.
When a kid wants to know, they want to find out. Not later, not next week, but right away. Finding out is engaging. It leads to ever widening curiosity. In our family this process of discovery-to-mastery started early. –GeekMom.com Raising Science-y Kids on the Cheap
Encourage natural interests. Children learn so much more through activities that capture their attention and imaginations. If he likes music, play it for him often, make and play instruments together, dance together. If bugs are her thing, give her a shovel and a net. Find books on bugs and read to her. – ZeroToThree.org Tips on Nurturing Your Child’s Curiosity
I looked at my son and realized that he has been learning since birth. He knows how to question and explore the world and I know how to follow his lead and expose him to new information. I look at his interests, his passions, and I nurture them. I am a resource librarian and I chart these unfamiliar waters with him. Ann Scanlon Why I Choose to Unschool My Son
Society always says to let kids be kids but when it comes to learning that goes out the window because everything has to be on schedule, on time, and according to the list.
But what kind of adults would the world be filled with if we had a foundation of children who were able to tune into their own natural genius?