Do you believe every child is a genius? I do. I believe that children are born with wonder, curiosity, awe, spontaneity, vitality, flexibility, and many other characteristics of a joyous being which are particular characteristics of being a genius.
Young children master a complex symbol system (their own native language) without any formal instructions and they are capable of learning a second or third language early in life easily. Young children have vivid imaginations, creative minds, and sensitive personalities.
It is imperative that we, as educators and parents, help preserve these important characteristics of children as they grow and mature into adulthood, so those capacities can be made available to the broader culture at a time of incredible change.
As a teacher or parent you can help children keep their natural genius by fostering their curiosity and their creativity; providing them with simple, appropriate activities such as a story, a toy, a visit to a special place, or a question that sparkles their willingness to learn about the world around them. Create a “genial” atmosphere at home or school, where they are able to express themselves and learn in a climate free from criticism, comparison, and pressure to succeed. Treat each child as a unique gift, capable of doing wonderful things in the world. Finally, understand that each child is special and unique and that he/she will be a genius in a totally different way from another child.