I happened to be blessed with two gorgeous grandsons, aged 5 and 26 months old. They bring with them so much joy and lots of fun. I continuously find myself observing and learning from them. I read somewhere that you should sit and observe OLD people and babies. My life experience so far has allowed me to do this with some amazing insights.
I am constantly amazed at how much their little brain is soaking up at this young age, and makes me wish my old brain was as reactive and had the capacity to learn as theirs. Their innocence of how simple life is, really is something as adults we should take on board. As we get older, we make life complicated for no reason. It really can be as simple as how a child sees it.
I watch how the five year old patiently teaches himself to learn Russian, and is now able to write the alphabet and recite it… no one in my family can speak the language, yet he managed this himself. Admittingly the new age digital era has alot to do with this. However, he has taught me that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. I have known this, of course, but seeing a five year old develop his skillset so quickly to learn how to speak and write a foreign languague unaided is on another level totally.
SO here are my takeaways from all my observations:
- Be Persistant and focussed – do not get distracted and taken away from your task
- Be Consistent – he practices in every way he can, through writing on an ipad, to writing on paper, to writing on a magnetic board
- Be Patient and reward yourself when you have got it right
- Learn something new every day
- Teach someone what you have learned so that it enforces what you have learned, but makes you look like the expert.
- Have fun doing what you are learning, it sinks in easier.
I will share my insights from my elders in another post, but for now hope you enjoyed the above, short but brief insight…. let me know if you have learned anything from young people in the comments below….