In our efforts to keep the children busy, to make every hour of their life meaningful, entertaining, developing, do we not forget that they, like us, need just free, personal time, not planned by anyone. Time to relax, think, dream, just to “fool around” (an activity not very loved by school teachers). We feel annoyed when the child refuses some useful, from our point of view, classes after school, but is ready for the tenth time in a row to play the same film. Why does it make us sad and angry? Probably, deep down in our hearts, we believe that something is wrong with him or that we cannot cope with our parental responsibilities if we did not load our child every minute with something useful. Recall, however, how many of us are able to be active all day without breaks, whether it is a relaxing hot tub, talking with a friend on the phone, or a silly series? Even babies need to be alone for some time each day, knock on their rattles, carefully examine their toes and listen to music. Continue reading
There are probably children in each class whose intellectual passivity leads them to the number of lagging, poorly performing students. The reasons for this kind of passivity often lie in the limited intellectual impressions and interests of the child. Unable to cope with the simplest educational task, he quickly performs it if it translates into a practical plane or into a game.
An integral part of a child’s psychological readiness for schooling is intellectual readiness. This concept includes both the stock of knowledge and perceptions of the child about the environment, and the formation of his mental skills. Continue reading