Early Signs and Methods of Raising a Gifted Child - Part II
By Andrew Loh
Children are like uncut and unpolished diamonds. The more you cut and polish them
the more would they shine with brilliance. Here are some signs and clues that tell
you whether you are raising a smart child or not.
Blame TV and Video games!
Are your children watching excessive TV and playing too many video
games either on consoles or on computers? Past and recent research
studies suggest us that watching too many TV programs or playing
excessive video games may impair cognitive skills and several other
brain development characters in an irreparable manner. In other words,
children who indulge in such activities in an excessive manner may
immerse themselves in a make-believe world of fictional characters.
Similarly, they may also lose live and life contact with real people.
Experts suggest that children should spend more time with people around
them to develop several social skills. In fact, this is a sure sign that
tells whether you are raising a smart and intelligent child or not.
Restrict or ration TV and video game playing time by
more than 70 percent of normal two hours time. It means that you should
allow children to watch and play games to the tune of about 30 minutes a
Even if they watch or play, make sure that they relate
to their classroom work or project topics. Let children play games that
teach them language, communication skills and any other cognitive
Natural and wildlife programs are far better than
movies that contain cartoon and other fictional characters.
Once in a while, sit down with your children to watch interesting
programs that are fun and laughing in nature (like Muppet shows).
Pre-schools are where smart children are made
Some children show an early inclination to go to school especially
if they have older siblings who are already going to schools. This is a
very good sign to show you that you are probably raising a smarter and
intelligent child. Research studies also tell us that children who
attend a pre-school are 50% more likely to pass out from high school
that those children who do not attend. Success always starts in small
doses! Early schools (pre schools and KG classes) are the places where
intelligent children are designed and created.
Make sure that your child go to a preparatory or pre-school so that he
or she can get the necessary early education.
means mixing with children from different backgrounds, religions and
ethnicities. This would help children learn many social and
Early schooling is all about playing and
learning basics. It also means that your children would become
school-ready to face the tougher life that you can expect in a school.
More unstructured playtime means better acquisition of
several cognitive skills which in turn help children become more
Early inclination to juggle, fiddle, turn,
move and struggle with education and learning toys
Recent research indicates that juggling and struggling with basic toys
cold help children learn some complex cognitive skills. In fact,
learning process in young children is a highly complicated and difficult
skill that demands integration of very fine motor, cognitive and mental
skills. If your child juggles and struggles with toys while playing, you
can rest assured that they are trying hard to learn equally complex
Juggling balls are some of the
best toys are developing a series of complex skills. Bring home colorful
juggling balls that softer and non-toxic in nature.
time in a day to play with such toys because they are can help children
develop mind-muscle-motor skills development as well refine and retune
skills that relate to focus and concentration
Early interest to learn two or three foreign languages
Some older children (8 years and above) possess a unique ability to learn two
or more languages that are unconnected to the mother tongue. This is
possibly one of the well-recognized signs to identify a gifted child.
Learning many languages help children succeed in academics and school
studies. For example, children who study more than one language possess
more common sense and academic intelligence than the ones who do not.
Learning two or more languages also help children learn many social
skills that eventually allow them to face tougher competition in life.
Let your children learn and master an alien
language. Here, an alien language means a dialect that is unconnected to
the mother tongue. A person who speaks in Chinese may learn a European
language and vice versa.
Learning a new language means both
learning to write and speak. This is a double edged sword that fine
tunes a child's ability to perform well in both studies and professional
Life success skills come naturally to children who
learn more than one language. Such children are tougher and resilient
when compared to the ones who do not learn.
Several other signs help and guide you in raising a gifted child. Just keep on
looking for those signs and develop and use different strategies until
you raise an intelligent and smarter individual.
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children
By James. T. Webb, Ph.D, Janet L.Gore, M.Ed, Edward R. Amend, Ph.D
Raising a gifted child is both a joy and a challenge, yet
parents of gifted children have few resources for reliable
parenting information. The four authors, who have decades of
professional experience with gifted children and their
families, provide practical guidance in areas such as:
Characteristics of gifted
Intensity & stress;
Depression & unhappiness;
Finding professional help;
.....and much, much more!