What Children Teach Adults About Learning

learningParents sometimes look at their children and wonder how they learn new things effortlessly. Instead of hiding behind age and experience as an excuse to acquiring new knowledge, why not relearn your childhood ways to discover what made it so easy back then?

The left and right brain dominance

People become more rational and organized as they grow up. The carefree approach of children to finding answers starts to follow a logical sequence, partially due to the influence of the school system. And since going to school cannot be avoided, some parents enroll their children in enrichment classes. These classes train children to optimize their right brain and harmonize it with their left.

Similarly, this kind of effort should be conscious for adults. Reading about cultivating the right brain, which supports imagination, proves its efficiency only when put into practice.

Making it personal

Children ask mundane questions and go to great heights to get answers. They make it their missions to discover the reason behind the sky’s colour and the water’s tastelessness. Silly as it may sound, the sense of fulfillment they find enables the facts to stick to their memories better.

The workplace, the social media, and the other major influences in an adult’s life all encourage people not to take things personally. This serves a good purpose in many aspects of our lives, but not in learning. Taking it from a child’s perspective, emotional and mental investment enables people to tackle new things from a refreshing perspective.

Beyond the Book

Moving away from the stigma of books as the only useful source of information opens the possibility to encountering knowledge in various ways. Just as parents don’t read textbooks for their children to learn new things, so most adults step out and explore other resources that tap into their imagination. This relieves the stress of sitting for long hours and squinting at the words on a 300-page encyclopaedia.

Fun learning doesn’t stop upon reaching adulthood. In fact, the pressures of growing old should serve as motivators to pursue enjoyable means of doing things.

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