10 Ways to Teach Your Child to be a Genius
Almost every parent thinks of their child as being a genius. From the vague pronunciation of ‘cookie’ at an early age, to a toddler’s seemingly intelligent drawing of a house, that to the parent, looks exactly like the actual White House, parents want geniuses. If you want your child ‘to be’ a genius, then you have to understand what ‘genius’ really is.
Genius refers to a person with supreme intellectual knowledge, a high IQ, or someone with particularly dazzling skills in any field. Genius seems to come naturally to some and must be developed in others; with the expectation that one kind of genius may be very different from someone else’s. Society esteems those who are referred to as being a genius. The characteristics that come with this level of brain capacity; exceptional talent, memory, and a vivacity to learn new concepts quickly, makes for a high chance of success later in life. Growing your child into a genius is a definite process including many methods. Each child will respond better to one method or another. As you begin working with your child, you will learn what teaching style brings the best results.
So why raise a genius? Today’s lifestyle and workforce climate includes the level of education and academic prowess that stands out among job candidates. As the times change and the young children of the present prepare to enter the future workforce, the demands will increase exponentially. For an adult to be considered for the upper echelon of future company’s positions, they need the edge of expanded knowledge and well-rounded abilities.
Genius training and lifestyle adaptation does just that!
10. Talk to Your Child Often
An infant is said to be able to hear their parents talking to them while in the womb. During the third trimester of pregnancy, it has been found that a developing fetus is able to hear their mother’s voice and recognize it. When the heart rate of babies in the womb was recorded as the mother spoke to them, their heart rate increased. Talking to your baby, even before birth, starts the learning process.
Ask questions to include your child and start them talking with you. Instead of announcing your trip to the grocery store with your child, ask them, “What would happen if we didn’t buy groceries today?” Your child may be too young to answer in a logical manner, but they will look at you and ‘wonder’ about your question. If old enough, they will develop some answers, hoping to create a reason or answer that makes going to the grocery store a valuable trip. The question is not to elicit a valid response, but to get your child talking and engaging in conversation. This also sends the message that their opinion matters to you as you make the decision.
Talk to your child using words and descriptions beyond their appropriate age level. They may not understand at first, but the more you use the same word in a similar situation, you child will learn the context of its use. When doing chores at home or working in the yard, have your child come along. Talk about the tools you are using, the process of planting, or how you will fix the broken fence. In the garage, explain why the oil has to be changed in the car. The action they see and the words and phrases you use will make sense, and they will learn quickly what method is associated with each phrase or word.
A child, who learns at home to participate in chores and tasks even before they can talk, will be eager to learn additional processes as they watch and hear you explain the methodology and reasoning. Talking to them from early on stimulates their mind to be inquisitive and develops an early desire to learn.
9. Read to Your Child from Birth!
Reading to your child, as early as infancy, develops an inquisitive child. Once they learn to love being read to, it carries that desire into their own reading habits. Reading books, whether in paper format or electronic, opens up a world of knowledge and mystery to a child’s developing brain. A child read to often will have a vast background in fiction and non-fiction, which in turn helps them learn faster and more efficiently.
Reading time with your child starts the brain working on connecting ideas and stories with compatible information. Their brain learns to crave more information and instills the desire for more awareness and understanding. And reading to and with your child is not limited to the topic of the book or the subject matter. Fiction and non-fiction alike stimulates comprehension in many areas of study such as math, science, and languages.
Good reading habits give your child an advantage over many other children. Low scores in reading comprehension for grade school and high school students have demonstrated the lack of reading from an early age. At home, have books out in every room; sitting on a book shelf, laying on a coffee table, or stacked in baskets, to make them assessable. Read to your child and with them. Picking up a book for yourself and one for your child to have a reading time together makes reading a regular activity.
8. Find an Instrument Your Child Likes and Provide Music Lessons
Mozart was a classic musician and hailed to be a musical genius. We know the richness of classical music is known for having calming properties for infants, but can music make your child smarter? And what if music has a direct effect on a child’s ability to learn not just music, but subjects such as science, math, or history?
Much research is done to correlate the learning of a musical instrument with accelerated studies in other areas when music is introduced to young children. Whether lessons for classical piano, or guitar lessons to learn rock and roll, children who play a musical instrument become better students.
The experience of learning music to play an instrument involves reading sheet music, listening for intonation, and moving their fingers to form notes. This hands-on experience trains children to naturally apply the techniques to other subjects. Infants exposed to music will move to the rhythm and recognize types of music. Slower songs indicate a time to rest or think, while funky music gets them moving to the beat. These associations build a foundation for learning carried into school age and beyond.
Music employs many skills making use of their eyes, ears, large and small muscles, and adaptive learning cognition. Learning music stimulates learning in general and helps discipline a child to practice and progress in their skill. Parents do well to incorporate music lessons into their child’s every day routine. This musical learning ability facilitates the habits of a genius in the making!
7. Want to Raise a Genius? Get Them Moving!
We think of exercise as a physical conditioning activity. But any exercise that gets your child moving and provides aerobic activity will increase brain function, memory, and test scores. Brain health is directly affected by physical activity. Studies have even shown a relation to intelligent children born to moms that exercised during pregnancy.
Why is exercise going to make your child smarter? Exercise creates an increase of blood flow throughout a child’s body and that brings more blood and oxygen to the brain. Brain tissue, like all body systems, requires a good source of blood and oxygen to operate at the highest ability possible. Moving the body also elevates the levels of two important mood hormones; norepinephrine and endorphins. An improved mood equals a happy child, ready to tackle learning without being held back by fatigue or stress.
With pressure for students to perform better on standardized testing, more of the school day is spent inside concentrating on test score improvement. Recess and physical education often take a back seat to preparing for higher scores. Inquire about your child’s school schedule and add additional after school and weekend activity to increase the amount of exercise they achieve.
Of course, starting early and making exercise a normal routine from an early age will ensure your child becomes accustomed to exercise. Make it a normal activity for you and your child.
6. Seize the Moment
Part of instilling great learning habits in your child is to use every opportunity to covertly teach your child new ideas and information. This may seem deceptive, but from infancy on, there are many opportunities to begin the love for learning in your child. Small children learn naturally from exposure and experiences. They are inquisitive and love to explore. This innate quality can be harnessed, creating a smarter and more aware child.
When you prepare a meal, or need to follow a recipe to bake a cake, allow your child to help you measure the ingredients. Even the smallest little one can grasp the mathematical and problem solving methodology of measuring and substituting ingredients. You may have to disregard the ensuing mess, but the pathway to raising a genius will always require more effort and increased patience.
A trip to the grocery store provides a plethora of learning opportunities. Infants can begin relating colors through types of produce and learn about temperature when you hand them a frozen bag of vegetables. The actual trip through the aisles and subsequent checkout produces a sense of completion and finalization of a task. Department stores are great places to extend your infant or toddler’s knowledge of texture by letting them feel the smoothness of a silk blouse and the rough surface of a bristle broom. All the while, use terminology with each sample saying ‘soft’ for the silk and ‘prickly’ for the broom.
Allow your child early exposure to varied locations such as an airport or fire station. Many local organizations have family days for exploring the police station or fire house. Bring your child to every event possible. Even a museum or historical landmark can be a memorable visit for the youngest mind.
Early opportunities to boost your child’s inquisitiveness and reward that curiosity with knowledge gained aides later in sharpened learning ability as they enter school and college.