Early Signs and Methods of Raising a Gifted Child - Part I
By Andrew Loh
What would make a growing child becoming a smart and intelligent
individual? Do parents have any techniques or methods to raise gifted
children? More often, giftedness in children could be attributed to
certain genetic characters that are predisposed and etched inside
billions of genes. However, there are some telltale signs and golden
opportunities that can help children transform into smarter individuals.
Here are some tips to detect and recognize some specific signs and later
use them to help your children become intelligent and smart.
Early signs of advanced baby development
Children, who tend to become smarter and intelligent in their later
life, tend to display certain developmental signs that are far better
than other normal children. Parents may need to look for these signs,
identify them and boost those positive signs to make their children
smarter and intelligent.
Some children may achieve certain
developmental milestones much earlier than others. These may include
earlier walking, first spoken words, walking or even crawling. Other
signs may also include possessing better vocabulary, keen sense of
observation and enhanced physical activities. If you detect and observe
these quicker developmental milestones, you can assume that your
children may have some sort of giftedness in them.
Brain based learning at an early stage is known to make children
smarter and wiser. Introduce primary brain based exercise to kick start
learning. These might include sign language, talking to infants whenever
they try, exposing small children different colors and shades, providing
smooth and safe playthings and singing lullabies are some of the most
popular activities that can enhance brain learning
Provide time for structured and unstructured play. Structured play time for
young children include organized learning like physical exercises and
workout sessions based on pre-defined plans. On the contrary,
unstructured play time will help children play according to their own
plan and wishes. For a toddler, parents may need to provide brain
building toys and play sets that enhance cognition, critical thinking
and mind coordination.
Signs of early intellectual skills and talent
Young gifted children usually display
better working memories and grasping power of basic science and math
concepts. These early signs may indicate the presence of giftedness in
children. Some children display an active interest for exploration and
inquisitiveness. Enthusiasm to learn and grasp things and events that
occur around them may be another sign of giftedness in young children.
When young children display all these signs of
giftedness, parents may need to boost them to transform into much better
individuals especially in critical thinking.
Math and science
skills could be enhanced by providing play sets that contain numbers,
puzzles, animal and plant jigsaw challenges, model making, number
jumbles, electronic writing slates on which children can scribbles and
by reading early books that contain basic science and math lessons.
Early signs of musical skills and talent
Some young children are extraordinarily skilled in music and dance.
Toddlers who are talented in music are known to actively listen to
musical tunes and rhymes. In addition, they are also inclined to prefer
soothing musical noises that emanate around them and inside the house.
In case of older children, playing piano or any other instruments early
in their life are known to score better in verbal tests when compared to
children who do not play any musical instruments. There seems an
existence of a very close relationship between music/musical
instruments, musical skills, linguistic skills and general IQ
Bring home toys that play soothing
musical notes and nursery rhymes. Hang them high above toddlers head and
in direct contact with their eyes. Let there be subtle movement in the
toys so that toddlers can gaze at them and listen to musical tones as
they play and make merry.
In case of older children, real
musical instruments will work wonders to enhance their musical skills.
The most preferred musical instruments are violin, piano, guitar and
Get your children enrolled to a music class.
Ensure that they attend these classes regularly to learn basics of
Past research suggests us that listening to classical
music helps boost intelligence and IQ scores. Some studies also
suggested that Mozart and other past classic masters and their
masterpieces help raise IQ scores in significant ways.
Early signs of reading skills
Some children may pick up
reading skills in an early age. Such children usually try to read story
books and comprehend the meaning of the story. They are usually
attracted by colorful and illustrated storybooks. These children
invariably become very good and high quality readers of books when they
Early reading is always good for
children. This is sure sign of a gifted child. Parents who encourage
reading at an early age are more likely to raise intelligent and smart
children than those who do not.
Bring home colorful and
illustrated books that also contain interesting classical and folk
tales. Some research studies indicate that children who grow in a hose
containing more than 500 books are more likely to pass out from high
schools and eventually from college (36% and 19% respectively).
Read and recite stories before children go to sleep. This is very
good culture and practice that leads to raising smarter children.
Every child that is innately gifted is bound to show some signs. Some of them are easily visible while
others are not. Parents may need to look out for some telltale signs of
raising a gifted child. Continue to read
Early Signs and Methods of Raising a Gifted Child - Part II