Every kid who ever struggled with homework seems to have a soft spot for Albert Einstein, uniquely a household name among scientific minds. We’ve all heard a variation on the story of how Einstein was written off by his teachers as an inferior mind, only to ultimately reshape our conception of how we think about the universe.
Lore is full of stories about Einstein’s childhood and how unlikely it seemed that he would achieve prominence, let alone historical renown for pushing the boundaries of physics and relativity. His parents fretted when Einstein began speaking late and flunked his first entrance exam to the Zurich Polytechnic.
Such a story is a boost in confidence for any lowly student; “See, I am just too much of a genius to complete my homework on time!”
In fact, Einstein’s example has lessons for effective ways to ensure learning for FastBraiin kids.
Helping your child learn like Einstein comes down to a few core principles:
- Supporting your kid’s passion
- Giving them space for creative expression
One of Einstein’s most famous adages holds that, “Creativity is more important than knowledge.” It holds true more than ever today in an age that our school system hasn’t kept up with. We continue to drill our kids for facts and figures. In actuality, they can easily find out the capital of Ethiopia or the date of the Emancipation Proclamation online within seconds. In the future, an encyclopedic knowledge of a subject matter area won’t be worth the same premium that it may have in the past; in the automation era, the greatest rewards are more likely to flow to those who exhibit creativity and the ability to create entirely new products, services, and experiences.
How can you accomplish that goal?
Encourage your kids to play in a safe environment. If they find something playful and enjoyable in the act of education, they are far more likely to boost their cognitive abilities and learn through first hand interaction.
Create an environment of intentionality. Steer and guide your child, rather than dictating their every move. You don’t want to give your child so much in the way of structure and order that they feel suffocated. Use tools like blocks or musical instruments to give them structure through which their natural creativity can flow.
Build an environment that respects your child’s passion. Many ADHD kids struggle because of a profound disconnect with their subject matter in school. They simply can’t see how it will ever benefit them in the “real world.” So indulge them in the subjects that bring them to life, whether it be cinema or arts or a sport. If they love bugs, build in time for them to get outside and explore. The subject itself will be less important than actively encouraging a dynamic learning process.
What lessons can you take from creative minds that you can apply to how your kids learn? Have you ever tried an “outside of the box” approach to encourage their engagement in a subject area? Let me know how you’ve leaned into your FastBraiin child’s passions to help them learn in the comments below, or on our Facebook Page!