When a child learns a “big lesson” and then attempts to “relearn” that lesson, we all have a tendency to get a little bit “over it,” according to a new study.
The findings suggest that the lessons the child learns can be so powerful that we may not even notice the new lessons the next time they are introduced to us.
In fact, we might be so overwhelmed by the new “big” lesson that we forget that we had already learned it in the first place.
“In the case of cognitive restructuring, we believe this is a very common thing for children,” study author Kristin Wintzer said in a statement.
“Children are learning new concepts in the classroom as they learn and re-experience them.”
This means that if a child is learning a new skill, the lesson may be more important than the new skill itself.
“In a way, this means that cognitive restructuring can lead to a sense of ‘I already know this one, I already know that one, and it’s really important that I learn this one’ and that they ‘know that’ because it’s a new concept,” Wintzers said.
It’s also possible that the new learning may be even more powerful than the previous learning, even though it may not be very useful to the child.
“The child may be thinking, ‘I just don’t need this, I need this to keep learning, so I need to keep repeating this one over and over again,'” Winters said.
“And if they can keep doing it, they’ll start to become familiar with this new concept and it will become part of their vocabulary.”
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