This second article on Early Childhood Training. You may have heard of the expression “child’s brain is like a sponge.” Like a sponge child’s brain soak up everything that they see, hear, smell, feel, and taste.
“…if we compare our ability as adults to that of the child, it would require us sixty years of hard work to achieve what a child has achieved in these first three years.” ~Maria Montessori, “The Absorbent Mind”
During the most of the first three years, a child will learn mostly from the parents. That is why they have the similar characteristics as the parents. A child may look like one or both of their parents when they are born, but they garner the characters from their parents early on in their life.
When I look at a child and interact with them for a while, then I have a good sense of what the parent/s would be like. When a parent comes to me asking why my child is behaving so badly, I tell them that you have had lot to do with their behaviour.
As the child progress in age, he/she transforms from subconscious learning to cognitive learning. They start to form what I call ‘Knowledge Blocks’ (KB). As these KB are formed, they start to measure any new information against their own KB. At the beginning, these KB play minor role in their decision-making. But as more and more KB are formed and become stronger by repeated learning, they play more significant role in their decision-making.
When they enter into school system, there is lot of new learning experience. Teachers at all level play such an important role in child’s growth. I’ve seen a teacher patiently teach a child to be confident in Mathematics which previously was mind boggling to him. On the other hand, a talented Art student was discouraged by her Art teacher and decided to put away her drawing tools.
By the age of 12 to 15, a child has developed structure of KB that will help him/her make decisions for the rest of their lives. What has been inputted into their minds until then will be used to form their decisions for the rest of their lives. I tell the parents, if you are having difficulty with your teen aged children, you have to reflect on how you have taught them before they became a teenager.
Early childhood training of each child is the most important part of their lives, thus as parents, guardians, grandparents, uncles and aunts, and teachers we must all do our utmost to raise them properly.
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