Children are born learners. Just think of the first time your infant discovered his or her hands and stared at them for long periods of time just trying to solve the problem of how to make them do what he or she wanted them to do. Children are inherently curious and they love to explore everywhere you go. Children are creative and love anything that messily teaches them how to create, much to many parent’s dismay Children are naturals at this learning thing, so why do we feel the need to shove facts into them and teach them in a way that may not foster this love of creativity and curiosity? Too often children who love to learn become complacent and frustrated when the learning becomes a formal event, but there are ways to continue to foster the fun- loving curiosity and creativity in your child.
Look at things from a different angle.
If your child is learning numbers and basics of mathematics but is finding it wrote and boring, look for ways to spice it up with things that he or she is already interested in. Your son loves Legos, for example, take his math worksheet and have him work out each problem using his Legos. Your daughter loves to play with your nail polish, have her line the bottles up and use those for counting problems. Instead of learning science in worksheet form take the opportunity to go on a walk with your child and see firsthand the caterpillar cycles, the leaves changing, the sun rising. Looking at things from your child’s eyes requires a bit of creativity but doing so can engage them in the learning process by showing them that extrapolating what they are learning into the real world helps make the learning process that much more interesting.
Take subjects to the next level
When your child begins talking with you about how they learned the difference between north and south, buy them a compass and map out a scavenger hunt using directions. When your daughter tells you that she learned about the habitat of a bear have her make a diorama using a shoebox and nature articles she finds outside to recreate a bear’s habitat in 3D. Allow your child the opportunity and experiences of pursuing their curiosity when a topic stimulates their natural curiosity. If need be, make a list on your refrigerator of topics to begin exploring together when time allows you to do so. Focusing on what your child is interested in also shows your child that they are valued and that the curiosity is something to be kindled.
Teach your child to think critically
This may sound difficult but it is really educating your little prodigy in the art of analytics that will help continue their curiosity. When a child thinks critically they don’t just blindly follow the masses. When they can figure out logically how things work it leads to greater questions and bigger thoughts. You can do this with your child by simply asking questions. When faced with a tough problem such as, how do the water droplets form on the outside of a cold beverage on a hot day, encourage them to experiment and think logically by questioning the process of how they came to the conclusion they have. Then invite them to test their theory to see if it is accurate. As the parent, you can work right alongside them but not give away the answer just allowing the creative thought process to occur by guiding them towards the answers. Allow your children to ask for clarity when they do not understand something and encourage this behavior. Finally, praise your child when they can logically work through a problem of any sort, from beginning to end.
By showing our children ways to keep the curiosity, passion, and creativity in learning we are creating a generation of passionate learners. When we help our children see beyond the worksheet, textbook or test we allow their eyes to become opened to endless possibilities of excitement. Passionate learners are world changers, which is primarily the goal of every parent who desires the best for their child.
We live in an economy where we are forced make decisions that challenges our emotions and intelligence, whether to allow our kids to follow their passion or direct them in the path where the basic survival is assured. When we look back at history people who are being celebrated are the ones who did what they really loved.
Thomas Edison was one such personality who pursued his passion from child hood. His father was an exiled political activist from Canada and his mother was an accomplished school teacher. She was a major influence in Thomas’ early life. His hearing disability due to scarlet fever at an early age made his mother pull him out of school and give him home education. At the age of 11 he suddenly showed great affinity towards reading books and had a voracious hunger for knowledge. His mothers idea of home education gave him that opportunity for a wide –open curriculum where he could learn and study just what he was interested in. He developed a process of learning independently which helped him throughout his life. His passion was experimenting which he continued and was always encouraged by his mother. He became the genius of our time just because he was allowed to pursue his passion.
How to help your kids to find their Passion ?
A child’s passion if tapped early in life can be very helpful to him as he may not be aware of what he is really interested in. You as a Parent should be very vigilant about your child’s various interests and hit on the right one which will help him in his future. You should help your child by introducing him to various activities which you think may be of interest to him . When he sees that you are taking pains to get him on track then even he will put in equal efforts .
You can help the child to find out his passion and then help him pursue it in many ways.
Help him with his Curiosity: Children basically are very curious and inquisitive right from their toddlerhood. Once they develop this habit of intense curiosity, expose him to a lot of different thing that you think may interest him. He will himself be able to discover his passion. It need not be an expensive matter. I could just be something you observe on the street and show it to him. Maybe that will be a good and interesting beginning for him.
Finding Passions: Do not react if your childs interest in something fades away within a few weeks of indulgence. Thing like this happen. You as a Parent should have tremendous faith in him and his abilities . Give him time to discover and practice his interest. If he feels later that he can pursue this passion further he will definitely do it. The making or shaping of your child depends solely on your patience with him until he finds something he is really very passionate about.
Listen to your child: You have to guide and support your child even if he keeps changing his interests from time to time. The passion he pursues should be of his interest and not something which you as a child always wanted to pursue and could not. Let him dream. Give him all the freedom to do as he wants. Do not force a child to do otherwise. The result will be that he will be pursuing something that you like which he was never interested in. But to keep your word he may do it. He will not be happy. Let your child do something that he will feel contented with. There are times when even as teenagers children are not sure of what they want to do in life. But there is no use fretting over this. There will be a time when they actually listen to their inner voice and would like to do just that whether it is a hobby converted to a career or just doing it for the feel of passion.
Go the distance: Be co-operative with your child. Even if there is something which you do not like or that would be the last place on earth you would like to be in, Be there for him. It is your duty to go that extra distance for your loved one. It is said that what is easiest for you as a parent may not really be very helpful for the child.
Help pursue pleasure:Try finding out as you talk to your children what are the things they do that make them very happy. There are things that they keep thinking about all the time. The child’s brain works 24X7 when he tries to pursue something of his own choosing. This Passion should give him pleasure. It should not be a burden on the child. A forceful parent can create negativity in the child towards the activities he has been asked to do.
Passion is a very valid reason that the child may be up early in the morning and stay up late at night. Passion is doing something which your child is interested in and he knows that if he pursues it as a career he will do it without getting bored and he will also kive his life on his own terms. The learned say that “ All children are gifted… They just open up their gifts at different times.” We as parents should help them to unwrap it and allow them to live to fullest!