Children are like sponges, soaking up everything their little eyes and ears can see and hear. It really is amazing how fast they are able to learn so much information. A child’s brain grows faster while they are young than it does at any other point in their life. That is just one reason why from a very young age, it is important to expose children to as many opportunities to learn as possible. That way you can help them to be ahead of the game and grow as fast as they can. This can help them find certain interests and really get good at what they love. Helping your child find success at an early age can set him or her up for success for years to come.
Talk To Your Child
As simple as this sounds, there are many parents who don’t talk a whole lot to their children. As it turns out, the quality and quantity of talking matter greatly, according to research. A landmark research study, published in the book, Meaningful Differences, states that children need to hear 30,000 words per day. There is a direct link between how many words a child hears from birth to age 3, which predicts academic success by third grade. Just to get a feel for how many words you’d have to speak, reading The Cat in the Hat 18 times would equal about 30,000 words.
Get You Child Dancing
Children tend to love music and they also enjoy trying to move their bodies to it. You don’t have to have any skill at dancing to just get up and boogie with your child. It helps to develop their coordination and their rhythm as well as a lot of other skills. Also, if you want to soothe your child with some classical music, it turns out that type of music can enhance connections in the brain that deal with math understanding. Music can actually play a huge part in stimulating your child’s brain and helping them learn. Music can definitely be a key to success.
Make Physical Fitness A Priority
Children need to move and expend energy on a regular basis. Making exercise a habit from a young age will imprint in their mind that it is important and will make lasting habits into adulthood. Sometimes you can rely on your child’s school to incorporate fun physical fitness classes into their curriculum. Schools like the International School of MN give their students swimming lessons in their heated indoor pool. How fun for the kids!
Read A Lot Of Books To Your Child
An important part of learning to read is to hear words while you are being read to. Kids need to hear how sentences sounds, intonation, inflection, how it sounds to pause at a period and many other parts of language. If you have a school age child, sit him or her on your lap and have him or her follow along as you read. Stop after every couple of sentences and as him or her questions about what you’ve read. By doing this you can not only have a great opportunity to bond with your kids, but you can also help develop their oral and reading skills. You can be your child’s greatest teacher.
Regaularly Expose Children To Different Languages or Cultures
Children are able to learn another language early on if exposed regularly to that language. Many schools actually teach foreign languages to elementary children. You can foster that interest by going to restaurants and events where your child would encounter people of a different language and culture.
A Good Night’s Sleep
Preschoolers need between 10 and 13 hours of sleep, and kids between ages 6-13 need 9-11 hours of sleep per night. Not only does the brain cleanse itself at night, but children who are sleep deprived show ADHD like symptoms, are prone to obesity, and exhibit behavioral problems. Try again to put your child to be earlier. That way you can help make sure that they are ready and prepared for every day and learning. When you get a lot of sleep you are able to focus better and therefore retain a lot more information.
Most of what a parent’s job consists of is setting our children up to be successful adults. By exposing them to multiple opportunities with music, dance, reading, exercise, and culture, you will have done your part to ensure a fantastic child.
About the author
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.