My toddler is good at puzzles.
One of the first things parents say when describing their kids, is they are so smart. A lot of the time it means, they have their own opinions and are emotionally intelligent for their age. But what if your toddler is smart, as a human calculator or winner at the next spelling Bee smart. Here are 6 tips to help over the hurdles of an Einstein. Give them the best chance at being not only engaged but happy as well.
As it has been said over and over again, it takes a community to raise a child. Why should encourage a smart child to keep the drive to learn, be any different? If you take it upon yourself to learn with the child and watch them learn, it can be very rewarding. Not only rewarding for you, but it means so much more to them. Can’t you remember the first time you got the hang of riding your bike without training wheels? Sure, you were proud of what you had done, but you went looking for your parent’s approval. The first thing kids do when grasping new experiences is looking to the parent or mentor—looking for a smile of approval.
Lead By Example
You do not mean to make yourself conscious of your actions. But if you want your child to enjoy reading, you will have to do some reading of your own. Of course, learning by watching is an example of a way of learning. Is it not the reason a website like Youtube exists? We are always looking for visual ideas on how to do something before we strike out on our projects. Learning can be so much more fun when other activities are brought into the mix. Why else does a show made for kids, have singing, dancing, and games? A big chance at bonding is doing the same project together. What if you and the toddler take turns reading a page. You read a page, with some small vocal guidance you let the toddler read.
Another good method is to teach by example. Don’t be put off by failing. Too many times in life, we get the feeling if I fail, why should I try again? I might make a fool of myself again. Or worse, someone makes me feel stupid for it. Failure is only failure if you walk away from the task. But if you step back from the problem, and take a look at it. Figure out where you went wrong and take another chance at it. You will never count it as a failure in the first place. You just found a way how not to do the tasks.
Let the Toddler Play
One of the best teachers in life is playing. Why do baby animals play fight and pounce with other members of their family? Letting your toddler’s imagination grow and mature will make them so creative. With a strong imagination, your toddler can take one thing and say it is something else. Giving them a better understanding of the world they live in. You do not have to run out and buy the five-star toy or computer program. A simple box your washer and drying came in is up to the challenge for your toddler.
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Through Thick and Thin
Of course, a lot of marriages are not always perfect; no one should expect them to be. But studies have been done, and a smart toddler learns better in a strong household. This home usually has at least two loving parents with a strong foundation. Not trying to force the show, saying I love you, hugging, and kissing is very important. Your toddler is watching.
If something comes up where a situation might get a little heated, no two people have the same beliefs. It is a big encouragement to have the discussions be kept out of sight and earshot of the children. If we try to hide the fights halfway, a child will pick up on it almost eerily well. It might affect the way the toddler learns.
A Little TV
How easy would it be for a parent or babysitter to place the toddler in front of the TV? Sure it’s an easy way to distract the child. But the best idea is to use it here and there. For example, maybe while a minor crisis is taking place, like a leaky pipe, at home business meetings. Doctors and teachers don’t want the TV to be the go-to teacher. It can also be a bonding experience. Find an age-appropriate movie or short TV series, everyone snack on things and experience the TV together. The spent time gives you and the toddler the chance to have a topic for later to discuss.
Slow and Steady
Remember the story of the tortoise and the rabbit? Sure the rabbit could have easily, but because of the speed, he only got to do more harm than good. While the rabbit was messing around, the turtle just kept ongoing. He had a goal in mind and didn’t stop until he did it.
The same can be put into a toddler’s learning. Sometimes the world spins at different rates for children and adults. As we rush around to fill timelines, they are still slow and steady. So learning should be taken care of in the same way. Nothing will frustrate all involved if you try to move through an activity book at light speed. Worse yet, they still haven’t gotten a grasp of the material. No harm ever came from going back over the material. So many things in teaching are put together, so they are building blocks. The previous material must be understood before attempting the next section. Trying to rush through something to prove your toddler is smart. Will only do more damage.
Building the skills for your smart toddler is no different than building a house. You have to have a good foundation before you can build the walls and roof. Take your time and build the wanting to learn at a good pace before moving on. Throwing some fun in there would not hurt either.