Intelligent Qualities in Children Series: Intro
Everyone is striving to teach their children. We teach them how to eat, how to use the potty, names of colors, the alphabet, how to count, etc. All of the previously listed items are measurable. We can write down on a paper which colors they know, what numbers, and how many times they used the potty or didn’t that day. What if instead of focusing on teaching skills that are measurable we taught how to be creative, how to think outside these measurable skills. What if we stop controlling what they learned? What would they learn? Does this mean children do not need limits? No, we need to place healthy limits, giving them choices within the healthy limits.
This series is based on the work of Tom Armstrong who studied the autobiographies and biographies of genius men and women. He identified 12 qualities they had in common. Dr. Kathy Koch brought his work alive again in Awakening and Celebrating Children’s 12 Genius Qualities.
I hope to in this series really dig deep into each of these qualities. I hope that as parents and teachers we can look at each of these qualities and think about how we can instill them in our children.