Date : Thursday, December 03, 2009
An Introduction To A Childs Intelligence
I have learnt in my many years of teaching that one must not underestimate the mind and learning capabilities of a child. Gone are the days one spoke down to a child! ! the more one speaks and reasons with a young child the more one is enhancing their knowledge and ability to grasp.
If intelligence is the ability to learn, then children are born geniuses! It is up to the parents and teachers to determine the kind of role they want to play in determining just how much and how easily the child learns!
It is a fact that the younger brain the more malleable it is, just like soft clay in a sculptures hands! In this case we as responsible adults must stimulate them as much as is humanly possible. A child’s brain is like a sponge and will absorb everything it sees and hears, so we must ascertain that what we impart is of value! A baby’s brain begins responding to the stimulus it receives when she or he is still in the womb when the sense of hearing begins at five months; this mean that a baby starts learning even before it is born.
After birth the baby’s brain keeps on wiring itself according to the experiences it has in the world. Learning is faster and more effortless than it will ever be again. Acquiring our native language from birth guarantees that we will master the language regardless of all the other linguistic skills on the might later in life. It is all about properly harnessing the power of a child’s brain. Anyone can master reading, writing, math or music providing they start to learn at a young age.
A young child’s brain is hardwired for learning, making them the most avid students in the world! What’s more is that they carry none of the extra baggage that we lug around with us later on in life, that comes from going to school and being subjected to puzzles and quizzes, tests and examinations! For them, learning is pure enjoyment.
I therefore plead that one should let children enjoy the learning process and make the whole process of learning a joyful and unstressed experience, hold lessons only when he is receptive and end them when he loses interest. Teaching should never be a forced at such a tender age.
Play is one of the most important way of learning and so one must help the child to explore the world around her and help her touch and feel objects around her so that she comes to grip with nature and t he world around her, your child must spend the majority of her waking hours involved in hands on play.
Learning should bring joy and enlightenment and should not make the child apprehensive about certain knowledge goals, treat lesson time as an opportunity to strengthen the bond between you and child . teachers have a wonderful task that of shaping human lives, no other job can be as rewarding. Make this gift of knowledge that you impart a valuable one!
|Contributed by :
||Mrs Amrita Nakai (Teacher)