Tips To Make Your Baby More Brainy And Intelligent
There is a competitive spirit in some parents. They want their wards to be ahead of their peers. So ‘a, b, c, d’ and ‘ 1, 2, 3 ‘ and the class lessons are taught before hand at home. So when the child is in the Nursery – she gets easily bored and restless and disturbs the rest of the class. The teacher has to follow a particular syllabus and schedule for the rest of the class. It is difficult for a teacher with a class of 40 children to pay individual attention to just one child while neglecting the others.
There is nothing wrong with a toddler having an academic head-start if he is not pushed into it. But it is much better for you to nurture your child’s natural love of learning- no matter what form it takes.
ENCOURAGE CURIOSITY BY:
- Patiently answering your child’s seemingly incessant questioning. Your child learns much through this.
- Try to build in time for exploration especially when you’re out on a walk. Don’t rush through – stop when he stops to see what’s under the stone or where the ant line is heading.
- Encourage your child’s exploration. What happens when a banana is squeezed? What happens when I poke a pin in a balloon? (The resultant explosion might frighten the child – but he will not forget the experiment.
- Take your child to visit different places to experience a variety of environments.
- Give opportunities for new experiences—pushing a switch brings on the light, some balls bounce, others don’t, what happens when you put a paper boat on water? What happens when you throw a stone on water?
- Show curiosity yourself: try to learn something new and show your excitement at having learnt it.
USE VISUAL AIDS:
Concrete examples and pictorial aids are useful when teaching your child at home; using these aids you can teach sentences like: This is a boy. He is kicking a ball. This is a girl. She is skipping. This is a ball of wool. Mother is knitting socks for baby. Flashcards are amazing tools to help your child.
READ TO YOUR CHILD:
Invest in sturdy indestructible books which your baby can’t destroy even with her chewing and tearing. Choose good stories. Read stories with animation and drama, so that your child’s interest is captured. Repeat these stories as often as your child asks for it.
A good way of boosting brain power is reading books together with your child, singing songs or by making up songs or dances or playing train etc. For a toddler of 2, ten to fifteen minutes of watching T.V. is enough. It should not be watched during meal times- so that meal times are used for eating and talking. Watching T.V together with the family is better- so that your child also participates in some of the family banter.
FEED YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN:
Feed your child foods that help to develop the brain-like vegetables, oily fish, nut and fish.