When I started college, I quickly realized that the rest of my class was far ahead of me. In addition to struggling to understand the material, I also had a hard time working in group settings and understanding how the lectures tied to the homework. After failing my first two semesters, a helpful counselor asked me to sign up for a study habits class. In the class, I learned how to apply myself in formal educational settings, which really helped. I think that everyone should take the time to understand how to learn, so that they can be successful in their classes.
If you are seeing the first signs that your child likely has a high IQ or is just a bit more intelligent than other children his or her age, then you want to do all you can to encourage them to live up to their full intellectual potential. Children with high IQs need to be taught in a way that encourages them to question and explore, as intelligent children are prone to doing. Here are three tips you cannot only use now, but also throughout your child's life to help them live up to their full intellectual potential.
1. Never Discourage Question-asking
One of the first signs that a child is of above-average intelligence is the curiosity these children often have. An intelligent child often asks many questions, and as a parent, there are times when this questioning can seem a bit overwhelming. Hearing the words "why?" and "how?" may not be what you feel like hearing after a long day of work and other exhausting activities.
This question-asking should never be discouraged, as this is a sign that your child's brain is seeking stimulation. In today's information age, there is also always a way to find the answer to a question your child is asking, even if you don't know it yourself.
For this reason, you should introducing technology to an intelligent child early. Encourage him or her to look up the answer to any question you don't know the answer to online. Online dictionary websites can be a smart child's best friend, as well as other internet websites that have a plethora of information to more than satisfy your child's curiosity.
As you know, the online world can be full of websites you don't want your child having access to, so be sure to set up child-safety internet software programs on any computer your child has access to and teach your child about how important it is to never give out his or her personal information online.
2. Encourage Your Child Pursue Many Extracurricular Activities
As your child becomes older, he or she will have more knowledge of what types of curricular activities are available to them and will begin asking to participate in desired activities. However, a very young child may not realize that something he or she thinks looks fun is actually something they can do.
For example, a younger child may love watching a television show about making pottery, but they may have no idea that there are pottery classes they can attend or pottery kits you can purchase for them to try at home. For this reason, if you find your young child showing interest in an activity or subject, then ask them if they would be interested in trying it themselves. You may be surprised when they had no idea that it was possible and become ecstatic at the idea!
3. Choose the Right Preschool
While you can control what goes on in your home and how you encourage your child's intellectual growth, you may worry that you cannot control what goes on when he or she begins preschool. The truth is that there are preschools designed for children who are intellectually gifted, and you can likely go to this web-site and find one for your child wherever you live.
These preschools give children more freedom to explore and ask questions, just like you encourage at home. Find a school that believes in a "Montessori" approach to education, which is an approach that encourages children to think freely and explore their surroundings with supervision that keeps them safe, but does not stifle their minds.
If your child is showing signs of high-intelligence, then you need to do all you can do to encourage your child's intellectual growth. Follow these tips and also take advantage of the other online resources available for parents of gifted children.