Not everyone cares whether or not their child becomes a genius but most people do want their children to excel and be successful. It’s a fact: some children are smarter than others; that will never change. If you want to give your child an advantage, though, there are lots of things you can do to help them along the way. It’s proven, for example, that if you don’t talk to your baby in baby talk, but in normal language instead, he or she will have less trouble learning to speak properly. They aren’t as likely to develop speech impediments or to mispronounce words.
Many parents may have seen commercials that advertise early learning products for kids. Many of these products use the same technique. They combine a visual image, like a cat, with the printed word on a flash card. When you show the baby the flash cards, and speak the word shown, soon the child will learn that picture and word.
You don’t have to purchase flash cards for your toddler. You can easily make flash cards on many subjects yourself. Use stickers, cutouts from magazines, numbers from grocery store ads, and similar items to make the cards. Poster board is very inexpensive and can help you make lots of cards for little money. Make flash cards to help your child learn words, numbers, famous monuments and more.
Although you don’t want your child to spend countless hours going over and over the cards again it’s okay to take some time out each day to run through a set of the cards. Repetition is the key, though, so breaking out the cards once or twice a year won’t suffice. You’ll have to be dedicated to the challenge if you want to have success.
Children learn by repetition but they might not learn right away. Don’t badger the child to say the word on the card. Simply show the card to the toddler, say the word, number or image, and give them a few seconds to respond. After that, move on to the next card, repeat the viewing and speaking process, then wait a few seconds before moving on again. Practice for a few minutes a day then leave it alone until the following day.
You should concentrate on only one set of cards at a time when working with your child. He or she shouldn’t be challenged with more than one set of cards at a time. How many cards are in each group is your decision but ten is a good amount to start. Later, as your child gets older and learns many of the cards, you can move on to a new set but show the old set(s) on occasion. Review the old sets of cards, from time to time, to refresh your child’s memory. Don’t be upset if he or she gets some wrong or has forgotten some. As time goes by you can begin practicing for longer periods of time, or more frequently throughout the day.
You don’t necessarily have to make flash cards to help your child become smarter. Taking the toddler out into the world everyday gives you an opportunity to point out many things and introduce the child to new and exciting objects. While the child is strapped in a car seat there are many things you can discuss. You can tell the child what kind of day it is (sunny, rainy, cloudy) and do this each time you go out. You can also tell the child things you’re doing, like the name of the street you’re turning onto or the name of a place of business you’re passing. Although you might think the child has no idea what you’re talking about he or she is learning all the time.
Taking strolls is an even better way to teach your child lots of new things. While walking, or being pushed in a stroller, you can introduce the child to buildings, road signs, automobiles and more. Telling your child “oh, look at that pretty blue Oldsmobile” is more challenging than “look, blue car”. Telling your child “we’re crossing Baker St.” is more inspiring than passing street after street without a word.
Talking to your child as you would speak to any other person is the best way to teach them. Try to use various words for something similar. For example, describe something as “big” one day, “large” another day, and “huge” on a different occasion. The child will learn a vast vocabulary in no time. Talk to your child as a baby and as they grow into a toddler. Expose them to as many new and exciting things as possible. Watch educational shows, listen to a variety of music, and read lots of books. Your child will become more intelligent each and every day.