All children have gifts! Do you know what your child’s talents and gifts are? So, how do we go about finding their gifts? How can we use their talents and interests to inspire learning? These are all questions I hear a lot. I’m sharing a bit about how I learned to work with my kiddos weaknesses, as well as their strengths.
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All Children Have Gifts
The best way to find out what gifts your child posses – is to spend time with them! A child comes into the world as a blank canvas (of sorts). Now, there are some whose talents are obvious right away. But for most, the way to figure out what they are good at, passionate about, and what really inspires them – is to introduce them to a wide variety of new ideas and information.
Some of our budding talented kiddos are future chefs, musicians, fishermen. Others will show great talent for
arguing negotiating – a.k.a. Little F. Lee Bailey’s. We have doctors, counselors, mommies, daddies, preachers, and politicians – scientists who heal, and others who design. But they don’t always know to be interested in something . . . until they are introduced to it.
Early on, inspiring your kids is simple. They are born with a natural curiosity, use it to get them excited about learning. Basically, if you get excited about what you are teaching, they will be excited about learning it! That may a bit over-simplified, but you’ll be surprised at how it can work. Tough it out if they resist, they will cave and be inspired by educational fun before you know it.
While you can do lots of great learning by reading aloud and sitting at a desk – it’s critical that you back away from the desk often and get out to explore together. See an example of how that makes a difference here.
As we learn something new, cells that send and receive information about the task become more and more efficient. It takes less effort for them to signal the next cell about what’s going on. In a sense, the neurons become wired together. by Alison Pearce Sevens – Science News for Students
As a matter of fact, we once thought that the glial cells in the brain simply held neurons together – like glue (Greek root-word is glia). As it turns out, it’s now been discovered that these cells are active while a child is learning. They do much more than glue. They are helping to process information in the brain. As a child is actively engaged in learning – their brains are being re-wired! How much more does that take place when they are interested and invested in the learning? Take a close look and you can practically see it in action. A child who is going through the motions and checking off a list vs. a child who is excited, interested and using higher thinking skills . . . it matters.
The beautiful thing is.
YOU have the ability to make the difference for your child!
In conclusion, all children have gifts. As they discover how to think for themselves and begin to draw their own conclusions – they discover who they are. Their gifts and talents emerge, and they gain real knowledge as well as, a lifelong love for learning.
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