Children at this stage have a glimpse of their rights, and the rights of those around them; in some cases they may have an understanding regarding their responsibilities in their lives. For effective development of such children, there has to be an elaborate approach by educators, parents, and the general society all of which should contribute to a healthy growth of the child.
Listening to children talk about their rights and the rights of others, one can conclude that children are aware of their rights and are willing to communicate whenever they feel their rights are violated (Commonwealth of Australia, 2009). There is need to put in place more proactive ways of identifying children’s views, mainly when it comes to conducting a research and educational practices. Children should be allowed to express their views in any way they feel comfortable, which may include activities such as drawing and narrating orally. Importantly, the meanings young ones attach to their experiences are rarely the meanings that adults in charge of them would ascribe (Bandman, 1999). Therefore, this article will focus on the importance of understanding how children construct and develop their own sense of “rights,” and the way they develop a sense of belonging and identity within the community and family from which they come from. Also, the article investigates the importance of children’s early experiences in relation to their self-worth.
Johnny is a seven-year-old boy in a kindergarten school, he is from a humble background, and is the first-born of four boys, and one girl. Johnny is curious about his surroundings. However, his parents cannot afford most of the luxurious life like most of his schoolmates. At his age, he can ask questions and seek answers about things he encounters and even about his friends. This is the age when children are very vulnerable; they are very curious and adventurous. Dahlberg (2007) argues that at this age, children are what ...Show more