Being a parent is one of the most challenging and rewarding tasks an adult can have.
It is a lifetime commitment.
TO RAISE A SMART CHILD A PARENT MUST:
- Be physically demonstrative in a positive way. Hugging, interacting and playing with your child stimulate their intelligence and sense of well-being and stimulates higher order thinking skills.
- Talk and listen to your child.
- Begin their vocabulary development as soon as possible by reading to them as newborns. It doesn’t matter that a child doesn’t understand the words. They hear the rhythm of language. Smart kids are readers.
- Introduce activities that develop both sides of the brain. Creativity and the arts are as important as maths and logic.
YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO PLAY
They must experience FREE play and play with other children. Children invent games and learn to socialise during playtime.
CHILDREN MUST EXERCISE
Exercise builds new brain cells and therefore intelligence as well as strength building.
Introduce a variety of music genres, not just popular music. Listening to music can boost memory, attention, motivation and learning. Relaxing to music reduces stress.
Encourage your child to play a musical instrument. Music affects proportional thinking and spatial-temporal reasoning and lays the foundation for studying mathematics. The piano is an excellent tool to learn in the beginning.
It is never too early to introduce your child to a musical instrument even if it is only a whistle or mouth organ. Your child will still make music!
CHILDREN MODEL ADULT BEHAVIOUR
We often forget this. Let them see adults modelling positive behaviour particularly family members.
CHILDREN LEARN FROM THE COMPUTER AND INTERNET
Computer activities are great when you present smart games to them. Some of the early reading and mathematics websites are great resources. Computer games introduce a child to technology and also encourage eye and hand co-ordination. Also, the child can see that learning can be fun.
SMART CHILDREN EAT A NOURISHING DIET
Make sure you regulate your child’s diet. Present fresh food and vegetables and limit fat and sugars. Keep in mind that once weight is put on it is very difficult to lose.Your child needs to receive a variety of vitamins and minerals that are present in a balanced diet.
SMART CHILDREN GET ADEQUATE SLEEP
FAMILY OUTINGS ARE IMPORTANT
Family excursions to the zoo, museums, countryside, live theatre and tourist attractions widens your child’s view of life as well as storing up family memories.
THE ROLE OF PRACTICE AND EFFORT
Your child must learn the value of practice and effort. Success relies on this.
Learning is a lifetime activity. A child’s attitude towards learning is developed in the early years.
I can be contacted at Marilyn@activitiesforsmartkids.com I would be delighted to hear from you.