The National Association of School Psychologists explains that it is important to work with kids from a young age because it helps them create motivated, adventurous attitudes that can aid them through life. Children who receive support and encouragement from a young age are more likely to develop positive attitudes toward learning. The attitudes developed in children's early years set the stage for their future attitudes and accomplishments.
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, children engage in activities that are either intrinsically or extrinsically motivated. When children do things because they want to do them, the actions are intrinsically motivated. When they do things because another person tells them to do them, the actions are extrinsically motivated. Because intrinsically motivated actions are naturally more rewarding, children learn and retain information more easily when they do things for themselves. They also develop a stronger sense of motivation. Because of this, it is important for adults to work with children to help them develop these positive traits by encouraging intrinsic motivation.
The National Association of School Psychologists suggests that parents, teachers and other childcare providers employ strategies to help children become and remain intrinsically motivated. These include creating an environment in which children can freely explore their surroundings, allowing children to be as independent as possible, giving them the chance to evaluate their own work and appropriately challenging their abilities.