In today’s world, we need to constantly evolve. And interesting children’s games can help with this. Today we will talk about what hard and soft skills are and why it is important to develop them from childhood.
Hard skills are what we learn to perform specific tasks: a future composer learns musical notation to record and play music, a future developer learns programming languages to create mobile applications. In other words, these are skills that can only be applied in one area.
With soft skills (soft skills) everything is much more interesting. They are not tied to a specific profession and help the doctor, the composer, and the engineer to succeed. Among them are ingenuity, enterprise, logical thinking, planning skills, the ability to manage your emotions, get along with people, and many others.
Why do we need these soft skills, if it’s enough just to master one area and do your job well?
A person can have two higher educations and know several programming languages, but this will not help him invent new solutions, present his ideas convincingly to colleagues, manage his time and build efficient work of the entire department. Possessing only hard skills, a person can remain “just a good employee” all his life.
Flexibility is the key to success in any endeavor. If the same programmer has well-developed logic and imagination, he will not just write code, but will figure out how to speed up the work by one and a half times. And a high level of emotional intelligence will help him find an approach even to a boss with a bad temper and slow colleagues. It is not surprising that in such a situation, career growth will not take long.
Soft skills used to be called «personal characteristics» — they were indicated in the school questionnaire or on the last page of the resume. It was believed that it was impossible to develop them: either they are, or they are not. Now psychologists, educators and even leaders agree that they can be developed in the same way as the ability to drive a car or multiply by a column.
Soft skills can and should be developed, and it is in childhood.
To do this, parents do not need to have a teacher education or an MBA degree. There are three universal tools that will help a child quickly master soft skills and succeed in the future.
1. Personal example of an adult
Agree, it is quite difficult to teach a child the ability to negotiate and get along with people if we constantly raise our voice or refuse to listen to the interlocutor. Another thing is when you yourself resolve any situations peacefully and, together with the child, think about why a person experiences certain emotions, what is important for him, how to win him over or convince him of something.
There are quite a lot of life situations around us for mastering emotional intelligence. But if you want more, the game Brainy Trainy «Emotional Intelligence» will help.
This is a board with a proven methodology that teaches a child to consciously manage their emotions, determine the psychological state of other people and interact effectively with them. It helps to develop key competencies to achieve personal goals and success in any business.
2. Support and joint activities
If you heard the phrase “do not invent nonsense” as a child, then it definitely has no place in the modern world. It is the ability to invent, imagine something beyond our eyes and find unexpected solutions that helps to achieve outstanding results.
Ask the child: “What does that cloud look like?” For a dinosaur? Good. Or maybe it reminds you of something else? Or: “How can you get to the other side of the lake if there is no boat?” Just swim across? Good. Or maybe there are other ways?
By the way, the game Brainy Trainy «Imagination» teaches the child to see and evaluate the problem from different angles, inventively approach the solution of non-standard tasks, develops creativity and creative potential.
3. Mastering universal competencies
Sometimes, when finding a solution to a specific problem, we don’t even realize that several important competencies helped us in this at once. These may include spatial or engineering thinking, deduction or pattern analysis, a heuristic approach, or conscious observation.
All these competencies can be used not only “by touch”, but also quite consciously. The game Brainy Trainy «Logic» helps with this. She teaches the child to identify patterns, relationships, logical contradictions and find the right solutions.
The tasks in the game are designed for children aged 6-9, but even adults will be interested in solving them!