Puzzles are a greatactivity for kids to do to help them boost their self esteem; and the best thing is that it can often happen quite unconsciously, because they are having too much fun to notice!
Spelling long words can be a puzzle
My favourite word in the dictionary is ‘sesquipedalian’, and it means (a person who is ‘given to learning long words’ or a word ‘containing many syllables’. Learning to spell a long word can be like a puzzle in itself. I am often reminded of when I was about 7, my grandmother gave me a ‘challenge’ – to learn how to spell two words that were not included on the Grade 1 Spelling List – ‘government’ and ‘amazement’.
I spent considerable time doing this over the ensuing few weeks with my mother testing me and encouraging me along the way. When I finally felt ready to spell out the words with sufficient confidence, I did so, and my grandmother was delighted. I was very pleased too because I had achieved a personal goal.
Solving puzzles gives kids a sense of achievement
Once children have solved some puzzles successfully, and have experienced the sense of achievement that comes with doing so, they will want to do more and more. This is fantastic, because it keeps their brains and minds active, and they have fun learning.
Effective learning for a child is vital, and your role as a parent, teacher or grandparent is a very important part of this process. There are many ways you can do this:
– Offer verbal encouragement to your children
– Sit down and complete puzzles with them
– Make sure that the puzzles are readily available for them
Playing games and solving puzzles is a wonderful way to spend quality family time together.