Set back a few hundred years, learning invariably was one that took place in an open space through constant interaction and personal experience.In past the few decades, somewhere in between learning get compressed into closed spaces and tutoring become more theoretical where only constant interaction left, but no space for personal experience. We need to understand that not all learning takes place in the classrooms “ compare and contrast knowledge gained from personal experience. To develop personal experience, one required time to interact with themselves to become curious about their interest.
Sporting, musical and other organized activities can certainly benefit a child’s physical, cognitive, cultural and social development. But children also need time to themselves – Do remember, children, are always happiest in self-directed play. That’s because the play is children’s work. It is how they learn to work out the emotions and experiences they’ve had.
Watch any group of children playing and they will organize themselves into an activity of some sort, whether that’s making a human train, pretending to be a doctor and deal with patient’s problems.
Sometimes I noticed, Parents often feel guilty if children complain of boredom. But it’s actually more constructive to see boredom as an opportunity rather than a deficit. Parents should need to understand that rushing in with ready-made solutions is not helpful.
Boredom plays a crucial role in child development as it gives children the opportunity to explore their inner and outer worlds, which is the beginning of creativity. This is how they learn to engage with themselves and the world, to imagine and invent and create.
Boredom challenges children to explore their own passions. If we keep them busy with lessons and structured activity or fill their time with screen entertainment, they never learn to respond to the interests of their own, which might include making a doll from rag cloth, write a short story, or simply read comics or imagine their own super hero and it’s new super powers.
These calls from our heart are what lead us to those passions that make life meaningful, and they are available to us beginning in childhood — but only when children are given free rein to explore and pursue where their interests lead them.
In fact, there’s a lesson here for all of us. Switching off, doing nothing and letting the mind wander can be great for adults too – we should also try to do this once in a while ..