How do children learn?

“Intelligent children make their parents proud; lazy students embarrass their parents.” Proverbs 15:20

Sitting near me at lunch, a little girl announced to her grandmother, “I’m four-years old, and I know everything. I’m the world’s smartest girl.” I chuckled and believed she indeed is a very intelligent little girl to know that she is so smart. I hope this precocious little gal continues to feel smart and has a strong self esteem. Someday, we could be addressing her as Madam President, or she may receive a Nobel prize for curing cancer.

Some researchers believe intelligence-boosting toys, DVDs, software, games, and educational programs on TV may increase a child’s IQ. However, other research suggests that very young children learn more through interacting with humans. Children do not learn to talk by watching TV, but by listening to human beings talk. And, it warned parents that praising their child could cause a reverse affect on him or her and cause them to act dumb.

I’ve never been accused of being highly intelligent, although I hold my own when I’m dealing with topics I’m familiar with—such as writing. I can teach beginners to write because I’ve learned from intelligent, successful people.

Once again, I’ll give God the glory for any intelligence I’ve gained during my life time of learning. And, I give God thanks my daily afternoon naps that clears my mind so I can function more intellectually.

Lord, help parents and teachers interact with children to help them grow into more intellectual adults. Amen.



About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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