Watching Matteo learn is fascinating to me at every stage of development. Since he’s almost 3, & we’re at that preschool stage, I have printed out some worksheets for him. In doing so, I have realized how important it is to present material that is challenging… but not too challenging.
If a worksheet is too easy for him (like most of the math type sheets were), he ignores them, loses interest, or flat out tells me that they are boring :-p He obviously knows what a triangle is (& a hexagon & a crescent – thanks to Team Umizoomi) so why on Earth would I even bother asking him?
I have also noticed him coming up with unique ways to play things that he has mastered. For example, there was a learning app on my phone that he did really well with. The one day I noticed that he kept getting the answers wrong. When I watched closer, I noticed that he was choosing all of the wrong answers first to make the game more interesting!
On the other hand, if he feels a worksheet is too challenging he will also shut down. Instead of trying it & engaging in the activity, he will ask me to do it instead.
When I find the middle ground, he eats it up & gives his full focus!
It’s such a good reminder that a lot of negative behaviors & what looks like disinterest in learning could just be that the child is not being challenged enough (or a little too challenged).