Three scientifically proven ways to raise a gifted child
Modern parents often think about how to raise a smart child. More and more attention is paid to the cognitive and sensorimotor development of children. In this article we will not only discuss the "IQ level", but also emotional and social intelligence.
Preparing their child for future intellectual achievement is one of the top priorities for many parents. Abstract goals, such as making the child smarter, seem impossible and impractical when there are so many everyday tasks. But the activities and games with children that promote cognitive development are not necessarily difficult.
Simply bring these effective activities into the everyday life of your children, which will be your positive contribution to the formation of the gifted and emotionally resilient personality of your child.
- Bringing art and everyday life into connection
Scientists at Northwestern University (USA) have found the relationship between musical engagement and academic achievement in almost all subjects. It is important that the child take an interest in music lessons without being forced. Children who study music and write it themselves acquire the ability to "neurophysiological recognition" because they perceive different sounds and can differentiate them very finely.
Many children who actively pay attention to sounds and play music significantly improve their academic performance, which shows high cognitive development both in school and in subsequent exams and tests. Playing a musical instrument improves the functioning of the child's sensory neurons. In addition, music lessons contribute to the formation and development of emotional intelligence.
- Healthy sleep
This factor has a really big impact on children's attention and concentration. If there is always a lack of sleep and hectic daily routines, the cognitive processes slow down and the school performance and the health of the child deteriorate. Scientists estimate that almost one in five schoolchildren worldwide suffer from chronic sleep deprivation. According to the Canadian National Sleep Foundation, children aged 6 to 13 need between 9 and 11 hours of sleep, and teenagers sleep around 8-10 hours. Try to control electronic device usage before bed cooperate with your child to develop their new sleep rhythm.
It is important that educational games for children are not action-packed or exciting before they go to sleep. Rather, they are intended to calm the child and his entire nervous system. In the evening it is better to choose such toys for your child that do not require active interaction. For example, it can be a tactile learning toy that your child can use to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and concentrate on their fine motor skills and emotions.
- Computer games aren't bad!
You may be surprised, but it's not just educational games for children that are valuable. Computer games present the player with many tasks that require logical thinking and quick and independent decisions.
Of course, it is important to limit your child's computer time. But many researchers studying children's intellectual development (including Dr. Cheryl Olson) believe that video games have invaluable developmental benefits for children. The ability to think and plan actions systematically is a useful skill for a child.
Perhaps, you have noticed that many of the activities recommended in the article may not just help you study. Develop an approach that works for both you and your child. And most importantly, don't forget that intelligence level isn't a single indicator of your child's future success.