1. Think ouside of the box - literally. Stop buying into fancy boxes
containing "state-of-the-art" devices with exorbitant claims to build
your child's brain. Instead, take your cues from your child. By taking
the time to notice what your child is interested in, you can begin to
see the environment in a whole new way.
2. Plan a filed trip -
to your own back yard. It's great to travel to the farm or to the
zoo,but you don't need to go that far to build your child's brain. Kids
can get a tremendous amount of intellectual stimulation from their own
back yard, where they can witness the miracle of blades of grass blowing
in the wind, of ants building homes, of tiny life teeming down in the
3. Find the numbers
everywhere. Just as you can find rectangles in the buildings and
hexagons in stop signs, numbers appear at every juncture of your child's
life. When your little one evenly divides her French fries with a
friend or makes sure there is enough cake for everyone at the table, she
is doing mathematics.
4. Encourage your child to learn number
sense in context. We all learn better when we learn something
meaningful. A 5-year-old learns more about the power of money when he
has to earn his own dollar at a lemonade stand (and sees how much it
buys him) than he will ever learn from flash cards.
5. Show your
child that reading is fun. If you share you enthusiasm about reading
and children see you absorbed in a book or newspaper, you will
indirectly be teaching the importance and enjoyment of reading.
6. Engage in dialogic reading. Just reading to a child is not enough.
Asking the child to consider alternative outcomes, relate what's on the
page to his own experience, and talk about the letters encountered in
much more effective manner.
7. Don't insist that there is only
one right way to do something. If your child comes up with a novel
solution to a problem, thats great!
8. Make space for social
time. Children sometimes just need to hang out with friends or to be by
themselves. It might seem as if they are doing "nothing", but there's a
lot to learn. Children need to be able to be spontaneous.
your child take the lead. When you make play into work by controlling
it, your children will lose interest and you will miss out on seeing
10. Join in the fun. Joining children in play is perhaps the hardest challenge parents have to meet.
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