Tonight we learned that it’s important to help kids find inspiration and to feel comfortable expressing their creative ideas. Research shows that kids engaged in activities tend to have better grades, higher self-esteem, better time-management skills, and are less likely to do drugs, drink, or drop out of school. If you want your child to be a stellar student, don’t limit learning to the walls of his classroom. Although the skills he’s learning there are crucial to his intellectual and social growth, your child needs your help to open up the world of ideas.
Here’s how you can help to inspire life-long learning and academic achievement.
- Look at Art and Listen to Music. Take kids to explore at the museum, or encourage them to listen to music. Have them read books by different types of authors and make sure they spend time enjoying nature
- Record all ideas. Encourage kids to record or draw their ideas in a special notebook or in a designated document on the computer. Kids should keep track of their ideas whenever they feel inspired so that they won’t lose any important insights or creative thoughts.
- Make mistakes. Give your child permission to make mistakes. If she has to do things perfectly, she’ll never take the risks necessary to discover and develop a gift.
- Ask questions. Help your child open up to he wonders of the world by asking intriguing questions: Why is the sky blue? Find the answers together.
- Plan special family projects. Shared creativity can awaken and develop new talents.
Children are interested in nearly everything.Curiosity takes courage. When we honor a child’s interests we help them feel safe enough to go take risks. As a result they open themselves up to new experiences.