Marysville Library Blog

Thursday, September 6, 2012

How to Make your Child Smart


As a parent, you want to do the best you can for your children. You want to provide them with everything they will need to succeed in school and in life. So how do you do that? Do you go out and buy the latest “Make your baby smart” DVD?

The research shows that no, no matter what the advertising tells you, watching DVDs or TV does not make your baby smarter or teach them effectively. Here are five steps that have been proven to teach your young child what they will need in school.

1) Play with your child. Really! Your baby learns best through interacting with you and other loving people in their lives. Play might seem silly from an adult perspective, but playing is how your child not only learns but practices what s/he has learned.

2) Talk with your child. The more you talk with your child - the more words they hear - the better their vocabulary.  A child who already knows a word will be able to read it much more easily when it comes time to learn how to read.

3) Read to your child. Reading to your child is not only great fun for both of you and a time for loving cuddles, but it is also learning time. Your child learns how a book works, how stories work, lots of new vocabulary and more, just from the adults (and older children) in their lives taking the time to read to them.

4) Sing to your child. Singing is a great way to have fun with your child sometimes, calm you’re your child other times and entertain your child when they might otherwise be falling apart. But singing also helps your child decipher difficult words and teaches your child that words are made up strings of different sounds; a useful thing to know when it comes to reading words made up of strings of different letters.

5) Write with your child. When it comes time for your child to learn how to write in school, they will not only need to recognize letters, but have the muscles in their hand to use a pencil. So let your child cut paper with scissors, paint pictures, and draw with crayons. Make letters together in sand or dirt or play dough.

These five techniques are fun for both you and your child, yet through them your child learns and prepares to read. 

Do you need ideas for further activities? Do you want to learn some songs to sing with your child? We have an Early Learning Fair on Sept 10th and the wonderful children’s singer/songwriter Eric Ode will be giving a concert at 10:30am., and we will give regular storytimes beginning the following week.

See you there!

-Kathy

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