5 Secrets To Raising A Smart Toddler

5 Secrets To Raising A Smart Toddler
02/10/2019 Tosin Olufemi

If your toddler is anything like mine, you must be tired of chasing around the house. Lol! It most of the time seems your toddler is always on the move but the good news is, they are primed to learn. Here are 5 amazing ways to boost your child’s knowledge one lesson per time.

1. Talk a lot

Starting from 18 months to 24 months, kids learn an average of one new word per week. his means, they need to hear new words to learn them, right? The more you talk to your toddler, the more words he learns from you. When you get back from work, tell your toddler about your day. What you did and how you did. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t understand all you are saying, but don’t be surprised if your 2 year old says some of those words you used back to you a few days later.

 

2. Read more books to your toddler

Now is the time to read books to your child if you haven’t already started. Here is an age appropriate guide to reading to children starting from birth. Ensure your toddler is hearing a steady stream of language and words – but not from the television. Here is why- words spoken on TV are too fast for toddlers to hear them or learn them, and it’s not interactive.

 

3. Create a creative space for learning and interaction

The environment has a huge impact on a child’s creativity. Creative space doesn’t mean the most expensive toys or exquisite wall designs. In fact, an empty carton with crayons and pencils brings out creativity more than any toys would as it gives your child the opportunity to create something out of nothing. Also introduce construction toys, building blocks, music, painting, costumes, etc.

 

4. Compliment Efforts

 

According to Baby Centre, kids work harder and do better in school when parents praise their efforts instead of their intellect. This means you should focus on the efforts they put into activities. Instead of saying “My little cutie is so smart,” what you really should say is, “Wow, you must’ve worked really hard.” This puts the focus on what the child did to produce the work rather than the result, and it helps children associate hard work with success.

 

5. Point your finger

When you talk about certain objects, point at them. This will help your child match the word with the object. From 9 months, children can follow your finger with their eyes to identify what you’re pointing at. This promotes  social, cognitive, and language development.

 

 

Also read; Age Appropriate Guide to Reading To Your Baby (From Birth)

 

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