Though she is only 5.5 years old, she has excellent focus and patience (generally), so completing a 200-pieces puzzle is within our expectations. This particular puzzle is no mean feat though, given the colour scheme.
Without needing much prompting, she just kept going at it, with a mind to complete the puzzle. I did not track how long it took her, but besides a small break that she took halfway through, she was practically working on it for hours.
Like her brothers, she tends to persevere on most activities that she has started. I attributed her persistence and focus to the way she has been coached since she was 2 years old.
It is not just the lapbooking activities that we have worked on but more the coaching method that trains the child.
This is not the first time she has experienced a sense of achievement and the feeling of exhilaration that accompanied it. And this must also be one of the key reasons she did not give up, because she knew how great she would feel at the end of the self-imposed challenge.
I often explained to parents and friends that it is paramount that we nurture our children to develop this inner drive and hunger to excel. Once we have equipped them with the crucial skills to succeed, they would be ready to take on whatever challenges that life throws at them and still emerge victorious.
Of course, the important question to ask is this: How do we coach our children to be hungry for excellence and be self-motivated to learn continuously?
Firstly, as parents and educators, we have to be willing to introduce challenges that benefit the child's development.
It is easy if the child likes the activities. However, what we adults do and how we react/respond when the child rejects the activities or challenges is the KEY to making a real difference.
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