Children begin learning the minute they exit the womb. They are observing and taking in all the vibes of their surroundings. All of your child’s surroundings stimulate their brain in one way or another. If there is positivity going on around them, then that affects the child in positive ways. Creating an environment that allows your child to learn at all times is the best way to go. Try these five tips to improve your child’s IQ.
1. Read to your babies and toddlers. Children are listening and learning at all times-especially in their early stages of life. Reading to your toddlers gives them a head start on having good vocabulary. They also enjoy the quality time they get to spend with you when you’re reading to them. Go to your public library and check out some children’s books by the handful. Even as an adult, I still find Dr. Seuss books to be both fun and educational! Read at least one book to your child every day. Let them join in and help you read the books so they can learn how to pronounce and sound out words themselves.
2. Use proper grammar around your kids. One reason why some kids have such bad grammar at school is because they live in a home where their parents don’t use good grammar. The kids pick up on this, and they carry with them everywhere they go. No matter how much a teacher may teach them to have good grammar, the kids never fully learn it because they hear bad grammar all day long at home. Speak to your children with good grammar, and your kids will learn to do the same.
3. Help your child with their homework. Ask your kids if they need help with their homework even if they didn’t ask you for help. You don’ have to give them the answers-just help them through the thinking process. If they don’t need you to help them, you can still check over their homework. Don’t just let them throw their homework in their bag and go off to school without checking to see if they’ve done it right. It’s okay if they got a couple of questions wrong, but it’s still important for them to learn to be efficient. Have them go back and correct the ones they did wrong. They also need to know how they got it wrong, that way they will be able to do the work correctly later.
4. Keep books in the house. Kids need access to these things if you want them to learn at home as much as they do at school. Have books in your house, rather they’re for leisure or education. This includes encyclopedias and dictionaries. When I was a child, my mother brought encyclopedias from the Salvation Army. These helped me and my sisters do our school projects. She also kept English and Spanish dictionaries in the house, and took us on frequent visits the library.
5. Enroll them in tutoring programs. You can get creative with this one. You can ask a bright kid from the neighborhood to tutor your kid for an hour or so. Offer them a few dollars, make them lunch, give them a ride to school? Whatever you can afford to repay them.
The most important thing is to make time for your children. Parents today are always busy doing something other than spending time with their children. There has to be at least two hours that you can spare to devote to your child’s education. Sacrifice something that you don’t need, so that your child can have something you know they do need. There are 24 hours in a day. You can give your child two of them. You can also further your own education so you can help your child with the modern day math assignments they are doing! There are online and “through the mail” courses that you can take. You can also check out math and English books from the library to help you brush up on your skills.