How you can help improve your child's intelligence
Reading is the most important part of teaching, next to maths, because if you can't read, you can't do much or go anywhere. (Think about boards of notices all over the place) And if you could not read, you would not have been able to read this post, so how awesome is reading.
From when your child is very small it is a massive asset to them concerning their intelligence if they get exposed to books.For example, a baby of six months can already start looking at pictures.
When my son was still in my stomach, I used to read to him (don't laugh, I really did) and since just after he was born, while he was lying in my arms, drinking his milk I used to read to him as well. Then it was not quite small children story books, he would not understand anyway, so I was reading to him the books that I was reading, some of them even educational on how to teach your child to speak right.
But then as he started to understand, I bought allot of books to read stories to him and every night before bedtime we read a story. He was relaxed and enjoyed the story time. But as he grew older, I stopped reading to him, thinking that he would start reading his own bedtime stories. He does not read stories before going to bed anymore, just the other day he tried it again, but he said that if he reads before going to sleep, he struggles to go to sleep - not because his mind is not switching off, it is because I tell him to switch off his light and go to sleep and then he wonders what happens in the story next. This is because although he can read fast, the books he reads now are thicker and takes longer to finish.
There are also allot of other resources you can use to help your child grow their intelligence except for story books, like magazines, news papers, letting them keep a diary, pamphlets, encyclopedias, school handbooks, dictionary's, atlas and short stories.
You must let your child be exposed to the hugest variety of reading material. This will give your child's intelligence a huge advantage above the rest.
The opposite is also true, if you don't let your child read allot or don't expose them to allot of reading material, their speech and language can be far behind other children of their age.
A few tips to keep in mind about reading and your child:
- Books and magazines must not lay around all over your house and be disorganized and all over your house.
- Get your child his/her own bookshelf with their books and let them choose which books they want to keep on their shelve (this also reminds me, when I let my son choose his first own book out of a catalog it was a medical book - with lots of pictures and little men moving around in the body)
- Teach them to handle all books with respect and page through them the right way.
- Books and magazines must be easy to reach and find when they want to read.
- It will be good it in front of every book you have a place marker that they can use when they read and don't have to go search for something to keep their place. Even if it is just a page that you tore into strips.
An awesome place to find books is at The Book Depository, because they have millions of books and if they do not have the book you are looking for, you can add it to the wish list and they will let you know when they found it for you.
Another advantage of The Book Depository is that they ship your books to you FOR FREE!!! (Worldwide)
And then the best is that you can download FREE E-BOOKS from them. There are thousands to choose from, like books of Charles Dickens, etc. (The downside to this is that there are only certain topics of FREE E-BOOKS, but there are allot of GREAT stories to choose from)
By exposing your child to books early in their lives, you also give them the advantage of teaching them to learn to love reading. With this great advantage they themselves start to love learning and are devoted to their school work, yes and when you think they have to grow into adults, they will make a success of everything they do in life.
I hope you enjoyed this post on how to help improve your child's intelligence and that you will share it to those you think will benefit from it.