Teaching values | 道德价值教育

It takes a village to raise a kid.  A child learns from everyone she/he interacts with.  Since the most amount of time is spent in school, what he/she learns in school from teachers and friends is critically important.

Slow is fast in teaching children

Stephen Covey, in “7 Habbits of Highly Effective People”, described how relationship with people is “slow is fast”.  The faster or “efficient” you want it to be, the slower it is.  The slower you are in developing the basis of a genuine relationship, the faster the relationship builds.

Shark by Elizabeth

Digital art by Elizabeth

The same is true for teaching young children.

Be slow, very slow, try to understand what he/she understands and does not understand.   We each live in our world and can be universe away from what a young child’s world is if we assume our logic is universal.   To assume every child must be fast learner without any difficulty is stupid and robotic.

Actually, everyone, except the rare few, learns fast when the start is slow because our minds need the time to link the new with the old.    Like a building, only if you take the time to make sure foundation is solid can you build a tall one that does not collapse soon.

Sit down on the floor, so that you are lower than the child.  Now look up at the face of the angel and ask her “can we play a game together? If one hand has 5 fingers, then how many fingers I will have if I have 3 hands…”