Is Your Child Smart Enough?
Reading is the foundation of all learning and will enable a child to absorb and apply content from all areas, including math and science. Modeling good reading habits might give him the edge over other kids. When a kid see’s his parents reading for enjoyment it will definitely be contagious. Remember that children are like copy cats they try to imitate you every chance they get. So don’t be surprised if they cozy up on the couch with you one night to read.
Keep books at their reach just in case they want something to read. You can leave them in a basket on the center table, on the book shelves and share what you’re reading with them and then ask them to do the same. This will not only spark up a conversation but it may very well build his vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Stick to itiveness, it’s a quality that will endear your child to teachers-and employers. We as a culture are so busy making kids feel good that we’ve lost sight of the time it takes for them to actually become good. If your kids like to play soccer and although they may stink at it don’t discourage them. Judging by the trophies and the ribbons that line their room you would think that you’d have the next Mia Hamms living in your house. However, it’s hard to accept failure if you’re constantly told you’re the best.
When these kids go to school and get a problem wrong they think that “it can’t be me” but given the right props is the key. Children who are praised for solving a problem tend to be more motivated in school than children who are told that they are smart. The latter, ironically, often become frustrated when something doesn’t goes as easy as they thought. So instead of giving broad praise (like you are a star) give them a kudos for their accomplishment like (I am so proud of how you found a different way to get the correct answer). And if you’re going to hold up a gold standard, make sure it’s truly gold or just say “you’re almost there keep trying”.
Most preschoolers grow with curiosity. But unfortunately, sometimes kids lose that as they grow older. Keep them excited by honing in on what interests them. In fact, if you should ask them questions about “what they’re playing with or talking about” that will allow them open up to you. For instance say Michael you’re initiated a give-and-take that will pay off in a smart kid. Then your child would start asking questions and probably starts looking for more good stuff to share in return. Take time to turn your kid on what excites them.
Go check out a museum or watch an interested movie together, and tell your child what you like about it and why. Rich Braun, a single parent from East Islip, NY, used to work weekends. So in order to be able to share his interest with his son (Erick) who was still attending elementary school at the time. He would occasionally pull his child out of school to carry him to the museum. His teacher didn’t seem to mind because the next day the child would tell the class what he had learned. Erick would feel as though he was a professor for a day, which over the years boosted his confidence and eagerness to learn more.
**Seize Teachable Moments**
You may help your child to sharpen school skills as you go about your daily routine. Let’s say you drive by a windmill every day. Instead of saying “hey, that’s a windmill” ask a question like “what do you think it does” that way you’re encouraging observation of details will help the child to do the same in class. And a trip to the store is another way to teach your child new stuff, and in the process the child will learn words to strengthen his vocabulary, math skills and money smarts.
Telling a two year old the names of fruits as you drop them into your shopping cart. Then ask your three year old to pick up 3 cans of peas he will not only learn the name of the item but he will also learn how to count. Telling your 5 year old to write down what cereal he or she likes remember that the older kids will be able to compare prices, sizes and to sort coupons. Let them paint and draw things like a banana or an apple at home. Stop them from watching the TV and keep them occupied by giving them something to do.