Hello again! I’m happy to be back with a second guest post for you guys to enjoy. My hope is to post here on Mondays once every couple of weeks but life can get in the way sometimes so we shall see. If you want to read more from me, I post 2-3 times a week on my blog simply.cindy so please visit me there too!
Five days a week, I teach preschoolers who are 3-5 years of age. It is my mission for all people to have a better understanding of young children, so that’s one reason for my blog.
What is your view of children? Do you think of children as capable or helpless? Your perception of a child will impact the relationship you have with that child. Children pick up on your cues. They are smart. They are also learning so if you yell, they will yell back. If you are kind, they will be kind in return. If you treat them as capable human beings that is exactly what they will become.
Yes, young children may not have the skills yet to tie a shoelace or use a pair of scissors or sharp knives but they want to learn. And they will learn if you give them the chance. I’m not saying you should give children sharp objects and walk away. But you can show them how. Believe in their capabilities, break down the skills into simpler steps and be content with something that is imperfect or not to your standard. Give them time. They are tiny humans and they want to be just like you so give them a high standard to imitate and let them try. They want to be better, to learn to grow and to do what adults can do.
One of my youngest preschoolers is responsible for taking care of the family’s chickens. He is three years old. At preschool, the children are responsible for watering our garden. They are happy to help. Yes, we give them guidance so that the plants are not over-watered but are they capable of taking on the responsibility? Yes!
If you view children as helpless, you will tie their shoes for them, cut their food for them, make their beds for them and more. Will they learn? Probably not.
How do you view children?
I am also an author and my picture books feature children as capable main characters. Check out my website if you’re curious!