Lev Vygotsky’s idea that children learn together with their parent, siblings and friends provides a good approach to parenting.
- Children gain understanding and develop by taking part in activities together with other people.
By proving your baby or child with activities that is a little challenging but not too difficult you work within the “zone of proximal development”. Tasks that are a little beyond what a child can do provide them with an opportunity to learn something outside what they know.
Tasks that drills a child confirms and makes the child a master of that particular task but is does not challenge them and help them to grow. It can also be frustrating and boring for a child if all the tasks are at a similar level of what they can do.
- Feelings of helplessness can be the result if the tasks are too difficult.
- A child may believe that he is not clever or bright enough if the task is beyond him.
Focus on Having Fun Together
By constantly asking children to perform or display “empty” knowledge, we teach a child that learning is boring. We also teach them that learning is solely about remembering facts.
- By discovering the world together, you teach your child that learning is fun and that facing challenges is not dangerous.
- As a parent, you can help your child to solve task that a just a little bit too difficult.
- You model and help your child to solve new tasks and to discover new ideas.
- You learn new things about the world.
- And you also provide your child with opportunities to choose tasks and to solve them in “their own way”.
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