Child’s Natural Intelligence:
Dr. Agbokoba had taken his only daughter, Chika, on sight-seeing to the House of Assembly complex in the state. It was a regular practice for him to take her out on such activity. Sometimes Mrs. Agbokoba joined them; sometimes she was too busy, just like on this occasion.
Chika had applied for admission in one of the biggest private senior secondary schools in the land, and according to the rule, the three best candidates would be given scholarships. Chika had passed all the stages of test; she was getting ready for the final stage in few days’ time.
After father and daughter had toured round the complex, they met a lawmaker who had been watching them with interest. Dr. Agbokoba and the lawmaker, Hon. Ibe, engaged in a discussion, and then the former introduced her daughter to the latter.
“My daughter, Chika, is on her last stage of tests to gain admission into senior secondary school, and possibly get a scholarship too,” Dr. Agbokoba beamed with pride.
“Wow!” Hon. Ibe started, “you must be a proud father.”
“Beautiful girl,” He addressed Chika, “What do you want to study in the university after secondary school?”
“Law,” Chika replied sharply.
Chika hesitated for a moment, “Because I like law,” she eventually concluded.
The two men laughed. They discussed a little longer and then parted ways.
Back in the car, Dr. Agokoba was disturbed that his daughter could not answer a question he had considered very simple. So he parked at a quiet place and started a conversation with his daughter on what a lawyer does. After the discussion, Chika was able to express her reason for wanting to become a lawyer.
At the final test a few days later, five students were so impressive that there was nothing to separate them. But the school needed just three students for scholarship, while other would simple gain admission. Chika was among the five students.
The school administrator came up with an idea; she decided to leave academic questions and ask the students informal questions. So she called them in one after the other to ask them several informal or personal questions. Soon it was Chika’s turn.
“So, Chika, what course would you like to study in the university?” the administrator asked.
“Law, ma,” Chika answered.
“Is that so? Why did you choose law of all professions?”
“There is so much injustice in the country, ma. I watch on television and read in papers how people’s rights are abused because the average Nigerian cannot seek justice in court. So I want o become a lawyer so I can help average people in society get justice. I can also educate them on their rights so they are better informed at all times.”
“Wonderful!” The administrator exclaimed. She was impressed.
That was how Chika emerged one of three students to gain admission on scholarship.
You see, it is important that your children know everything about subjects they are taught in the classroom, but there is more to life than just classroom knowledge. In fact, most of what human beings need to survive in the labour market after school is learned outside the classroom.
So how do you help your children learn more than just classroom work?
Here are tips:
Travel with Your Children:
There is this popular saying that a traveller learns more than a reader. This sounds quite true if you consider that by travelling, one experience, first hand, all that one has been reading in books. So which is better: read about places or visit them?
But travelling requires huge financial resources, so we can easily replace travelling with outings. There are historical places in every state of the country; there are monuments and special places too. Parents can take their children to these places and teach them the history behind them.
Some teenagers live in states where there are zoos, but they have never seen lions or elephants except on the pages of their textbooks or on television. Is this isn’t worrisome, I wonder what is.
Buy Them Non-Academic Books:
Like stated earlier, having children who are very brilliant academically is awesome. But surely you wouldn’t want your children to be dumb in other non-academic areas!
Basic reasoning and natural intelligence are not really learned through reading academic books.
Buy cultural books, history books and other similar non-academic books. These books are usually more fun to read because they are not textbooks on which the children must answer questions.
You will find, surprisingly, how children seem to learn more when they read for leisure.
Let Them Watch Documentaries and Educational Movies:
Movies can be for relaxation and for learning simultaneously. Choose good educational movies and interesting documentaries for your children to watch. You will be surprised how much they will learn.
Remember: learning done during leisure time has a way of sticking to the memory for children.