Life throws many curveballs: what if your child is getting ready for the school’s annual day dance performance. But, the children’s dance trainer goes on leave for a couple of days just before the day of performance. Will your child be able to and predict what comes next in the new dance routine or will they get stuck?
Recent behavioral studies prove that it is not only important to follow a set of directions or advices, but also to predict what comes next.
We conducted a study in popular schools of Bangalore in June 2017, looking into how good children are at grasping a set of instructions and foreseeing what follows. It looked into how children (aged 6-10 years) react based on the instructions.
The study analyzed the developmental aspects of the children of this age group. The results proved that only 70% of the children could predict a set of instruction while doing any task.
Will spontaneity be affected?
“Isn’t it good that my child can come up with his/her own thoughts and explore?”
Don’t assume following and predicting instructions curb the creativity. It creates a pattern, and helps them understand challenges of academics and other environments faster and easier.
- Your child will ask the moment you choose a different brand of health mix. Grab the chance and explain the reason. They would immediately throw the question about the rest of the items to take home.
What is the result when children cannot predict a set of instructions?
- Absence of the skill to predict instructions can affect them negatively, and make children diffident.
- This skill helps them to stay safe when alone, and act to suit the circumstances. This boosts the morale and makes them optimistic
- This also helps them to learn new ideas faster lessening the need to focus for long.