The intellectual capacity of human beings is determined by the number of neural synapsis, better known as brain-cell connections. On average, the number of neural connections in a toddler’s brain is two times larger than that of an adult. Those connections that are not established are lost forever. This clearly shows the importance of training the kids’ brains from the very first days in order to live up to their fullest potential. Here is what you as a parent can do to help.
Provide them a Good Starting Point
Naturally, the development of the brain starts during in utero days and it is of crucial importance that the physical and mental condition of mothers during the prenatal period and pregnancy is the best possible since only a healthy environment enables proper brain development. What this means in practice is that mothers should stay as healthy as possible during pregnancy and completely avoid alcohol, drugs and smoking since prenatal exposure to any of them leaves negative consequences on brain capacity as long as early adolescence.
The development of short-term and long-term memory starts in the childhood and you should take every opportunity to stimulate it. Use everyday activities, such as memorizing the traffic signs and houses on your way to kindergarten or the nearby store or the faces and names of your friends and acquaintances. As they grow up, include online or printed memory games and gradually increase the difficulty level.
Have Fun along the Way
Do not force things, having fun while practicing always increases the chances of success. Using stimulating games that your child finds fun will provide the best learning environment. Your child will keep the focus and adopt information easier that way, usually without even noticing it. Toys are also very important, having a variety of them stimulates kids’ minds and makes learning new things more interesting. Having fun while practicing will give a positive connotation to learning and motivate your child to continue exploring the world and finding out new things.
Use Different Approaches
As you are well aware, people are different and if you have more than one child you have surely noticed that they differ from the very early age. When it comes to learning, there are four major styles and only applying all of them will guarantee success. Visual learners prefer visual stimulation, such as pictures and cards, auditory learners prosper best through songs and conversation, readers/writers need books and writing paper while kinesthetic prefer action and motion. Therefore, keep your learning environment rich and active at all times.
Starting school is both a thrilling and a fragile step in every young person’s life and your child will need your assistance in adjusting to the new environment. Be there for him or her, but do not do all the work for them. In order for your children to become independent persons and responsible learners, they need to fight their battles on their own. Supervise, naturally, but only step in when you are asked to or when you notice an insurmountable obstacle.
The biggest change when it comes to learning in high school is expanding the scope of information and mastering the acquisition of information from various sources instead of a single one. Filtering information and time management are also of utmost importance. This is a completely different approach, so be there to help your child adopt it. Emphasize the importance of taking notes as a great way to merge filtering of information, time management, and correlation. For example, taking physics notes helps to learn the lesson(s) faster and correlates to mathematics at the same time, stimulating the brain to connect things and improve long-term memory.
The best way to help your kids train their brains is to spend quality time with them, know their needs and preferences and remain approachable throughout their education. Still, do not fight their battles for them, be their trusty guide and ally instead.