Do you want to raise a smart child?
This is a normal desire of most parents, who with the advent of the child think about his intellectual development. It is important to understand that intelligence is not about deep knowledge in any field. Intelligence – a person’s mental abilities that help him to effectively solve various life problems and adapt harmoniously in society.
“A brain that is well-arranged costs more than a brain that is well-filled.” (Michel de Montaigne)
If you have ever been interested in the early development of a child, you probably know that there are a lot of methods on this topic, such as Montessori, Waldorf pedagogy, the Nikitin system, Glenn Doman’s method, Zaitsev’s cubes, etc.
They all have their advantages and disadvantages, but one of the main general principles of these techniques is: Do you want to raise a smart child? Then play with it. In this article, we will talk about the important elements of education that will allow you to raise a smart child and prepare him for later life.
Communicate with the child
Remember that she is just beginning to live and for her everything is new and unfamiliar. Imagine that you are on another planet and know nothing about it – this most accurately describes the condition of your child as he grows up. Therefore, try to comprehensively answer all her questions, but do not forget about age. It is unlikely that the child will understand if you start thinking about the structure of the universe and speak in the official language.
Communication means not only conversations and answers to questions, but also the ability to listen. Your reaction to the child’s questions and stories about certain events shape his personality and self-esteem. If you do not interrupt and listen carefully to the story of how the day went in kindergarten or found a beautiful bug, the child will feel that you respect her and you can be trusted. By brushing off questions, you make it clear to the child that she is not worthy of your attention. Such adult behavior leads to a loss of confidence, as well as a decrease in the child’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
Show your child that his opinion is important to you. Children whose opinions are listened to by adults are easier to overcome age crises, have adequate self-esteem, are more interested in the world around them, and thus develop better intellectually.
Develop your imagination
Stimulate the child’s imagination with educational toys. Please do not consider their purchase as a waste of money – it is an investment in the mental abilities of the child. Until the age of six, play is a child’s main activity. Through the game, the world around is learned and there is interaction with people. For example, to stimulate the imagination, you can stick sheets of paper on the walls so that the child can draw on them.
Whether disassembling toys, scattering various objects, something rattles, or sculpting from plasticine – all these are cognitive processes that stimulate the imagination and positively affect the mental development of your child.
From birth, introduce your baby to different colors, for example, decorate the nursery with bright interior details. To instill in your child a sense of beauty, introduce him to different parts.
The process of developing curiosity can continue, even when you are not at home. Hang on the walls paintings by famous artists, maps of continents, images of musical instruments, animals, and plants. For harmonious development, it is useful to give the child more information diversity. In addition to general development, it will also help to understand what your child is interested in and what he aspires to. Stimulate the desire for knowledge, not passivity and indifference.
Take more walks on the street
And here is the street to the intellect?
Studies show that walking in the fresh air stimulates the areas of the brain responsible for the ability to learn. In addition, the child’s brain needs to be saturated not only with useful knowledge but also with oxygen. Walking will also help the child to expand his understanding of himself and his place in the world around him.
To have a cognitive effect in the fresh air, offer your child games. For example, have a child find clouds that look like an animal or plant. Or collect the leaves of different plants and create a colorful picture of them. Is your baby not just walking, but also running, jumping, and climbing trees? Excellent, because physical activity also has a positive effect on mental abilities.
Respect the interests of the child
For example, do not force a child to read a book if he or she wants to draw at that moment. This will only provoke a protest and discourage you from reading. A child who is constantly told what to do grows up insecure and closed to the perception of new knowledge.
Also, an early age should not force the child to learn, it can reduce her desire for knowledge in the future. You can not prevent the child to play the way he wants, so as not to make it passive and not slow down development – you can teach your baby during the game.
So, to summarize. Intelligence is not a static phenomenon. Yes, the child’s level of development may be slightly affected by genetics. But everything else is in your hands. Pay more attention to the child, sincerely take an interest in his problems, play with him more often, and then the result will definitely be!