Beyond Baby Einstein: 6 Old-Fashioned Ways to Boost Your Child's Intelligence
Maybe we never really believed that our babies would become Einsteins after being plopped in front of a Baby Einstein video. But it was such a pleasant dream, the notion that we could passively create brilliant babies by osmosis, while having the TV double as a babysitter. Click here for 50 easy ways to make your baby smarter.
The Walt Disney Co.'s recent offering to provide refunds to anyone who purchased a Baby Einstein Video since 2004 serves as a reminder that no flash card, no video, no Mozart CD is going to replace our own active role in helping our kids learn and grow. The old tried-and-truisms, like reading, good nutrition, art projects, and just talking to your kids remain surefire ways to help them be grow and develop. Let the following list serve as a guide to encouraging your child's curiosity and intellect.
Studies have shown that lessons in instruments and voice have actually been tied to a small IQ increase in young students, and higher aptitudes in non-verbal reasoning and vocabulary as well as greater finger dexterity in those who play instruments. Music classes for younger children are a great way to introduce them to tone, rhythm social situations. Visit Parents.com for information about engaging children in music.
Art projects are an opportunity for children to give their imaginations, creativity, and problem-solving skills a workout. Art gives kids a blank tablet with which to express themselves and communicate the inner workings of their minds, while improving analytical skill sets.
3. Play "Thinky" Games
Mind games aren't just fun -- they actually train the brain and teach sportsmanship. Engage your kids in mental gymnastics such as chess or checkers for a fun family time. Or have them work on crossword puzzles, word jumbles, math puzzles, and more on their own. Learn how to teach your child good sportsmanship.
Baby talk is tempting, but the more varied words you use the more your child will learn and understand. Talk to your child, read to your child, and expose your child to as many experiences as you can to broaden their minds and interests.
It's not only good for you physically, but researchers have also found a connection between fitness and academic achievement in young children. Playing sports (or doing gymnastics or dance) exercises kids' bodies and minds and helps them build confidence that contributes to all aspects of their lives.
A balanced diet helps with brain development, mood stabilization and attention span. Always jumpstart the morning with a hearty breakfast and keep the healthy snacks, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables available throughout the day. Find out how to make your kid's favorite foods healthier.
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Kate Silver for Parents.com