15 November 2019 | Source: Oswaal Books Editorial Board | Join the Discussion
When you get right down to it, seven years old can be a tricky time in the life of a child. They are just old enough to start being able to grasp the idea of having a past as well as a future trajectory to their lives. On the one hand, this can lead to them setting lofty goals which parents and teachers can work to help them achieve. On the other hand, early failures can lead to a fear of failure for the rest of their academic career.
With all of that complexity surrounding them, however, it is still a common misconception that seven-year-olds are simple at heart. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here Oswaal books shares four common misconceptions about Class 2 kids.
1. They’ve Got it Easy
One of the most common misconceptions older people tend to have about young children is that they have it easy. It doesn’t take Sigmund Freud to see that this is down to a bit of projecting on our part. Being an adult is hard, and so we have a tendency to look at students “only” having to complete some worksheets and think that they’re on easy street.
But in fact, while these tasks seem “easy” to us from our adult perspective, they can carry huge existential importance for children. They are told that these tasks are essential to their getting good grades, which will not only determine future success but how they’re perceived in the present by peers and parents alike.
Remember – completing those Class 2 workbooks are hugely important to your child. Understanding what an enormous undertaking it is and showing them respect for their attempts can go a long way towards encouraging them to keep at them, even in the face of difficulty.
2. They Don’t Care About School
Of course, there are always bound to be some kids who don’t care about school. For the majority of young kids, however, it’s the center of their lives. After all, school is where they spend the majority of their day. Understanding the importance that school plays in their lives can help you, the adult, put their struggles into perspective. If they’re having a hard time with a subject or fellow students, it can be helpful to hear that these struggles won’t last forever – and that your love for them will.
3. Kids Hate Challenges
One of the most important things you can do to help get the most out of your students is to challenge them. For as important as it is to make sure that classes are tailored to the grade level of the students, there is something to be said for pushing students. Kids often enjoy being treated as though they are older, and challenging them with advanced help books and supporting materials can be a great way to make them feel like they have responsibilities.
4. They’re Tech-Obsessed
With the proliferation of mobile and ipads, it’s easy for older generations to scoff at kids today as being tech-obsessed. The reality is for as huge a role as gadgets play in kids’ lives, they still have as much a love of “traditional” toys and games as previous generations.
Tackling these misconceptions can be critical for helping teachers and parents alike connect better with their seven-year-old students and children.