Identifying Hidden Talents in Children - Part I
By Andrew Loh
Every child is unique and special with its own hidden talents and
skills. Unlocking hidden potentials is a sure way to make children
smarter and intelligent. However, parents should be able to identify to
check, if their children have hidden potential before devising any
strategy to nurture them. Some children have immense talents that
everyone can see and appreciate while others might have hidden ones that
if given a push can come open into the public. Here are some tips to
identify your children's hidden talents and potentials:
Sorting out objects and things
Some children have the habit of playing with objects and sorting them
in a neat order. Sorting objects could be anything:
Sorting out colors and shades.
Dividing and segregating objects by their size and volume.
Lining up toys based on their size.
Pairing up socks and shoes by size and colors.
When you notice these activities, your children may possess an
auditory-sequential ability while learning. He or she could also be a
sequential and linear thinker. It could even be ability for organizing
things and objects. Some children have the ability to pay attention to
finest details. Pattern and ability to recognize shapes and sizes may
also mean an enhanced ability for math and science learning. Children
who excel in sorting out shapes and sizes also possess an ability to use
their logical power to learn new meanings.
How to boost and nurture them - You can bring toys and play sets that
allow your children to explore objects, things and patterns. Pattern recognition
and matching could be nurtured by using building blocks, color charts, shape
sorters etc. Ask your children to arrange cooking utensils, crockery and
other sundry kitchen items. You can even provide different sized coins
to sort and arrange (see that you avoid giving coins to small children!).
Non-stop talking and chatting
Children, who could be rich in linguistic and grammatical skills, could be very
good learners of languages. Some children are skilled in telling
stories, constructing sentences very quickly and commit very few
grammatical mistakes while they are talking. In addition, some children
learn writing very early in their age. Verbal efficiency and capability
could mean that your children are somewhat gifted and skilled in
linguistic skills. Learning linguistic skills is a necessary tool to
succeed in schools.
How to boost and nurture them - Ask your
children to create some stories and tell them to you. If possible, ask
them to visualize the scene of the story that he or she is reciting. You
can even bring colorful and illustrated story books for them to read and
understand. Ask children to speak in front of a voice recorder and
instruct them to hear to their own voices. Reflecting on one's own
though is the best possible way to develop linguistic skills. A good
speaker could even be a very good listener. List the advantages
listening to others' speaking and tell them that it can make them wiser
Playing and fiddling with objects and things in
front of them
Exploring how things work and operate in a natural
setting indicates that children who do it are hands-on learners. Some
children are enamored by things that move and work by themselves like
machines, cars, fire engines and cranes. They are most probably, visual
and spatial learners who learn by observing how things work and how they
How to boost and nurture them - You can buy
them construction toys, car kits, helicopter assemblies, musical toys
that move and dance, war tanks that actually make sounds and other
similar toys that can be dissembled and later re-assembled. Give them
things that can be of interest. Take them to play centers that offer
them an opportunity to indulge in fruitful hands-on activities. Show
them how water taps work, in what manner signal lights operate and
anything that actually moves and acts. Please keep a close watch on
children because moving and lose objects could be dangerous as they may
swallow them that eventually leads to choking.
Day dreamers are capable of doing great things in life
Some children are day dreamers and they are always immersed in their own thoughts.
They might even like to pretend play with objects and things. They may like to
paint and draw their own pictures. They may even gaze at the bright blue
sky and keep thinking and generating ideas. Such children are obviously
creative and imaginative. Most of them are immersed in their fantasies
and they may even try to imagine new things and scenarios. In addition
they are very good in problem solving.
How to boost and nurture them - The first basic thing to do is to help them raise their
imagination level; you can buy materials that help them to create their
own world. Enroll them to an art and painting school. Let them learn
music and playing musical instruments. You can even buy them great books
that compel them to travel to a fantasy land.
Continue to read
Identifying Hidden Talents in Children - Part II.