Where does intelligence comes from? Is there anything that I can do to influence my child’s abilities to learn and grow? I don’t know about you, but these are certainly questions that I’ve asked myself in the past. In fact, I find the topic so interesting that I have actually spent many many hours in front of my computer trying to find the answers to these and other similar questions.
To start with, lets look at the two most widely accepted factors that influence intelligence in children; genetics and social factors. At various points throughout history, people have had conflicting opinions as to which has a greater impact on a child’s mental development. Currently, though, it is generally agreed that it is a combination of these two aspects that affect how a child’s brain develops.
While the genetic contribution we make to our children’s intelligence is pretty much out of our hands, we, as parents or teachers of young children, can have an extremely large impact on our their mental development. By introducing our children to new and exciting things we can broaden their worlds, their understanding of their surroundings and ultimately influence their ability to interact with the world around them in a meaningful way.As adults a lot of these things come naturally to us, and it may be easy to forget just how strange and exciting everything was to us when we were little. A child can find joy and an opportunity to learn in almost any situation that we create for them, and this should be one of the main things that we keep in mind when interacting with our children.
Certain activities, such as music, arts and crafts, physical activities and exposure to another language, all affect the way a child processes information, and one of the best ways to get your little ones’ brains working at top speed is by finding ways to introduce such activities as often as possible.
Find some activities to do with the kids – this is a good place to start 😉 – and have fun!
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