Help Your Child’s Brain Grow
Here are some tips on how to get your child to think critically.
- Help your child figure out meanings and relationships in daily events.
- Call your child’s attention to patterns in the sensory world. You can ask them, “What does it taste like? Do these two look alike?
- Visual patterns are present all the time. Have them look at a tree and ask them if they think the tree branches look like arms.
- Give your baby time to organize their toys and play activities.
- Allow your child to make reasonable choices whenever possible.
- Ask questions rather than explaining what is correct.
- At any age, hands-on experience is the first step. Even sorting out laundry or putting away groceries can help.
- When your baby asks a question, respond with a question that is just hard enough to make them wonder, but not so hard that it will frustrate them.
- If you don’t know the answer, admit it. This gives you the opportunity to show your child that you ask yourself questions and seek information.
- Play thinking games together.
- Help your child express their feelings and don’t be hesitant to express yours.
- Practice allowing your baby to make some choices and experience the natural consequences. Give them a dollar to buy a toy and tell them if they spend it they won’t have any more money.
- Have a meal together and talk with your child.
- Don’t stop reading to your baby when they learn how to read.
- Talk. Listen. Read.Repeat.
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