While conducting a workshop with young children (5 to 8yrs), I asked, “Alright, if there are a total of 10 candies between you and your best friend, how many candies could you have?” I expected them to think of combinations of 10. “They would definitely stumble upon the realisation that there were several possibilities”- I thought to myself. (5 to 8 yrs)

But, no! I was amused to find that almost everyone seemed sure that there was just one possibility.

Each of them had to have exactly 5 candies! Every other possibility seemed too unfair and received a prompt mass rejection!

What seems logical and instinctive to us, isn’t the always the way children think.

So next time, instead of being bewildered with your child’s response, listen to his unique perspective. That would guide you to tailor your inputs to best suit his learning needs.

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