The era for us Kenyans to identify and build talents in our children is long due. The advancement in technology, availability of information and the presence of new opportunities requires every parent to be aware of their children’s interest, so as to training them to be the best they can. For many decades we have let nature and fate mould our children, and as result many talents and abilities have been buried away. Children are labeled ‘clever’ or ‘dump’ depending on their ability to solve a particular problem as per the ‘expected answer’. Due to their different abilities, children have different ways of approaching, comprehending and engaging problems. In order to build talents in children the following measures can be followed

Offer different learning opportunities
Talents sometimes can be hidden and to unveil them it will require different exposure. It’s easier to identify a talent by providing different learning opportunity to children. The outdoor environment provides wonderful opportunities for children to learn in new and exciting ways. Children can create experiment and test out their ideas using a variety of media, materials and tools provided. Resources provide for should support each of the areas of learning and development. As result the child will be able to bring out their best talent.

Observe and praise achievement
Take time to watch your child play. Don't assume that your child's play is trivial or meaningless. A child can act and take part in in behaviors that may reflect conflicting natural, individual interests, intelligences and capability. When a child’s efforts are praised, the child tends to take more risk regardless of the mistakes or failure under gone. Thru adequate and positive correction the child’s mistake can become learning opportunity that creates a learning interest. Mistakes aren’t verdicts; they’re information used to build fast, fluent skill circuits. Children who are capable to see errors as fuel for studying, rather than hindrance, are the ones who ultimately become more talented.

Provide motivation and support
Every child is motivated differently. Emotional and physical support is very important when developing any talent in children. When kids practice they have a way to deal with failure. Criticism plays an important role in achieving greatness. Irrational criticism should be avoided to prevent loss of internal motivation. New research is showing that when it comes to inspiration, we are all born with the neurological comparable of hair triggers. When a child’s individuality becomes intertwined with a realistic goal, the unconscious motivational energy is released.

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Encourage practice and mimicry
Practices feature similar methods, such as slowing things down and repetitively doing the same thing at the same or different pace. Neurologists have identified copying as a neurological shortcut to skill. When a child vividly imagines themselves perfecting a skill, sooner or later the actually doing will be perfected. Dancing, writing, drawing, acting and all other skills can be improved through practice.

Teaching kids that talent is built, not born, makes them to look at failure in a totally new way. Failure is not a verdict—it’s the way forward. And mistakes are not something to be embarrassed about. They are steps on the way to success. Without them, greatness is almost unachievable.

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