At what age can you involve your child in Problem solving?

When we came up with a segment titled “ Solution finder” in the Amazing Kids club, our thinking was that we would eliminate the small, small issues the children may face like , “ so and so laughed at me, or so and so was unkind to me , or my teacher doesn`t like me”

So we opened this “box” where the children can drop any problem that may be facing them, without putting their names, and then we sit together open the box  and allow the kids give solutions to these problems

To our surprise and contrary to our thinking that the box would have very simple issues, the kids dropped bigger issues, relating to social, family, school, personal. ..Another big surprise, is the solutions they come up with, real good advice to each other, testimonies of how faced with similar problem one solved it, real practical solutions!!— and this made me to ask myself the question,

At what age can you involve your child in Problem solving? When do they really start solving problems?

In my search, I came through an article in a scholastic site which helped me understand this issue better:

In summary this is how I got it—from when they are very young, they are

Natural solvers

Children are natural problem solvers. They explore the world with a curiosity that generates thinking and understanding, one problem at a time—

Just observe a child in a Crib, trying to reach something, the determination and the thought process!!!

Keen observers

Children are keen observers and are learning how to apply what they observe!!

The theory “monkey see monkey do” really applies with children

A sense of wonder

They wonder about how things work, how they go together, and how to take them apart. They think about where things come from and how they grow and change. They’re just curious!!

I am happy that at Amazing kids, we have this segment which is making the children start applying God given gift of thinking solutions at an early age. This will help them to be  proactive, responsible and accountable meaning, when they grow up, they will be less of “ serikari sadia” to more of, “ this is what I think and can do” to sort out this challenge.

Please, share an idea or two on this issue

Ruth Mukunga

Center of Creativity Services

Amazing Club Coverage

1. SELF-AWARENESS

Children develop self-identity, who they believe themselves to be, which helps to begin to form relationships through play and peer relations which contribute to their emotional, social and cognitive development. Research done on theories of self generally agree that an early childhood program can foster children’s self- esteem and build the foundation for future relationships with others. As we seek to nurture the next set of tomorrow’s leaders, self-awareness is the basic foundation.

2. RESPONSIBILITY

Responsibility is something all children need to learn. … Responsibility involves making decisions, being trusted, and learning to take credit for one’s actions—whether good or bad. Taking responsibility is not just about how the choices your child makes affect her, but also how her choices and actions affect others.

3. TEAMWORK

Learning to work as part of a team will help your child hone many social skills, such as patience, empathy, communication, respect for others, compromise and tolerance. It also helps them develop confidence in themselves and trust in other people.

4. COURAGE

As a parent we do every thing in our power so our children may live safe and protected lives. But in order to prepare them for their future, we need to create small opportunities where they need to be courageous.

Being brave in the face of fear and doing what needs to be done even when it is really hard are both examples of courage.

5. RESILIENCE

6. COMMUNICATION SKILLS

7. RESPECT

8. Empathy

9. Decision Making

10. Integrity

11. Commitment

12. Influence

Top Benefits of Dance Classes for Children

1. Gain Greater Self-Confidence– The freedom to express themselves through movement and show casing themselves before others helps the kids gain

2. Build Social Strength– Learning how to dance is that it allows your child to become more comfortable socially.

3. Increase Fitness & Activity!– This makes a fun way to get your child fit without them even knowing it. It keeps them active and engaged, and ensures that they are going to be getting fit and into the finest shape possible.

4. Build Stronger Teamwork– It requires an understanding of your partner’s movements. With the help of this teamwork, your child will be far more likely to understand the importance of working as a team together.

5. Improve Listening & Discipline!– Your child will get a huge amount out of taking on dance lessons purely from the discipline point of view, as well. This makes them more inclined to listen to instructions, to not always expect their own way

6. Increase Enjoyment & Fun!

What are the Benefits of Arts and Crafts for Kids

⦁ Develop fine Motor skills– Most arts and craft projects involve moving the hands and fingers which improves the overall muscle strength and control over movements

⦁ Improves Hand-Eye Coordination– The more the children practice, the better their hand-eye coordination. This will help them in almost all walks of life.

⦁ Promotes innovation and creativity– Arts and crafts provide a platform for the kids to create new things.

⦁ Helps in Socializing-Interacting with other children with the same interests gives the kids the opportunity to socialize and build friendships.