Intelligence is one of the parameters which is used to determine the kind of success a person will have in life. We all want our children to be intelligent and have a high IQ. However, intelligence is of multiple types – 8 to be specific – as shown in the image here. To have holistic development, each of these 8 skills need to be focused on actively.
Keeping these in mind, here are 8 ways through which you can boost your child’s IQ level:
1) Indulge Their Curiosity
This will develop his/her language skills. Children raised in high-language households have IQs scores that are 30-points higher than kids brought up in low language homes. Listen to their questions, share your thoughts and try to have a meaningful conversation. This will hone their thought process while teaching them how to articulate their thoughts properly.
2) Read Conceptual Tales:
Books such as Olivia Fraser’s Handmade in India, take us on a delightful journey around the various states of the country and give us a glimpse of some of the many things that are handmade in India. Then there is R. K. Narayan’s classic collection of 32 stories – Malgudi Days, which tells us the adventures of Swami and his friends in the imaginary town of Malgudi. Children tested for kindergarten are expected to know colours, shapes, seasons, fruit, farm animals — all of which is basic information that can be introduced through books, stories and reading. Books provide exposure to kids, it lets them see the world through multiple perspectives and different narratives. It teaches them how people behave in certain situations and what can be the consequence of their actions – thus becoming a great tool to learn inter and intra-personal skills.
3) Challenge Your Child’s Memory:
After they read a book, ask them to tell you the story in their own words. Make patterns using Legos, Jigsaw Puzzles or coloured beads, cover them up and see if your child can recreate them. Play Uno, Monopoly, Dixit and other interesting board games with multiple rules. These activities will build your child’s visual memory.
4) Build Math Concepts Through Conversations:
“Breakfast will be ready in 5 minutes.” “Do you want a bar of whole chocolate or half a chocolate?” “Look how cute your fingers are. Let’s count them.” “You have three marshmallows. I’ll give you two more. How many will you have now?” You can even bring up math when reading picture books. “Look at that funny octopus. How many legs does he have?”
5) Let Your Child Become a Problem Solver:
When the ball rolls behind the console, ask them to come up with ways to retrieve it. When they can’t get dressed in time for school, let then think of ideas to get ready faster. Give your children voice in making simple choices so they can become decision-makers and be independent. Children who are allowed to think for themselves at home develop strong cognitive skills. The ability to take well-thought decisions is strongly correlated to the ability to solve problems. Once a child starts thinking, he can figure out multiple ways to solve a problem. Through guidance and further probing, the child can learn how to take the right decision. This is a skill which will be handy for their entire life span.
6) Explore the World:
Take your child on vacations – visit parks, forests, beaches, metropolitan cities, villages, museums, art galleries, farms, musical shows, and more. Expose them to cultures across the world. Let them go to wildlife sanctuaries, and gardens and explore nature. It is important for children to see the world and experience everything that nature offers us. They will not only appreciate the beauty and miracles of nature but also develop an ecological consciousness.
7) Indulge them in good music and sports:
Play good music in your house and ensure your child is actively participating in some sport or athletic activity. Listen to instrumentals by Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and other famous musicians of the days gone by, as well as renowned Indian classical artists. Pick a sport such as football, cricket, gymnastics, running, swimming, badminton, tennis or anything else which tickles their fancy – to hone their bodily intelligence.
8) Solve LQ Worksheets
The LogIQids Worksheets are specially designed to enhance the mental aptitude, logical reasoning, math, verbal and visual skills in children. Daily practise for 15-30 minutes shows a significant difference in the child’s mental aptitude. By covering 3 out of these 8 types of intelligence, these worksheets tend to be a reliable form of learning and boosting IQ.
So get started on your child’s mental aptitude development and boost their IQ with these activities. Reach out to us if you need any help in deciding what will be the best for your child. Let us know which tip are you starting off with!