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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.

Tips:

  • 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.

Tips:

  • 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 development.

Tips:

  • 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 keyboards.

  • Get your children enrolled to a music class. Ensure that they attend these classes regularly to learn basics of music.

  • 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 become adults.

Tips:

  • 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



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