Academic performance as we know it has expanded and evolved across the years. Acquiring a high grade or a top rank in the class does not confirm or represent a child’s intellect or skillsets. Instead, intelligence is understood across overlapping spectrums of learning techniques, emotions, expressions, and responses. A child’s creative competence helps increase their desire to learn and develop intellectually and imaginatively.
You may ask, ‘What does ‘being creative’ even mean?” Creativity is oftentimes explained differently, but it ultimately trickles down to one’s ability to think and approach a situation uniquely and effectively. Divergent thinking involves breaking down old ideas and notions and relearning them with newer and personal associations. Honing your child’s creativity could help think outside the box. This not only also helps build individuality, but indirectly helps a multitude of aspects – from vocational choices to their mental health.
So here are four ways in which you can help sharpen and develop your child’s creative skills.
Multiple Approach theory: Be it a mathematical equation or a literary riddle, children need to understand that there are multiple ways to solve a problem. Knowing and adopting this approach allows your child to tap into his/her individual differences. It also enables them to understand different perspectives and schools of thought, thereby also enhancing their empathetic skills. This can especially be usually in solving interpersonal conflicts.
Use Art: Restricting your child’s educational experience to paper and pen is simply not enough. For example, if a teacher uses music to better elaborate a lesson, your child would have numerous creative discoveries – from the vast utilities of the medium itself to their manner of expression. One child might understand the subject through the voice modulation while the other from keeping rhythm. The same applies to several art forms such as painting, dance movement, dramatics, etc. By engaging your child in the arts, their learning curves are shortened and their imagination is enhanced drastically.
Curiosity is Key: Keep your child wondering about the world. Despite the primarily factual nature of our education, it is pivotal that your child is given the freedom and encouragement to question what is given to them. If your child’s teacher informs them that the ocean is salty, they help them to ask and explore the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of it all. An active sense of curiosity is critical for their imaginative abilities and problem-solving skills. Additionally, as a parent, take time to observe how your child explains their learnings and experiences.