Everyone thinks their child is smart and gifted. How do you know if your child is above average in intelligence? There are differences in development between children in a family. Some children will talk at an early age where others will be later. Each child will develop differently. Some will speak in sentences before they are two years old.
Some can identify colors and can count. Other children may walk before they are one year old. Some will love to draw while others will enjoy music. Each child has areas where they excel. Here are some ideas on how you can recognize if your child has special abilities in a particular area and how to nurture them to excel in those areas.
How do you help your child excel in their areas of interest?
As a baby, teach your child simple sign language. This will help their communication skills. Nothing is so frustrating to a toddler as to not be understood what they are trying to communicate. Sign language helps the child express their needs without crying and frustrating the parent in determining what the child needs. Teach an infant the sign for a bottle. They will learn how to make the sign when they are hungry.
Teach them the sign when they want a hug. Sign language will help your child to have a more extensive speaking vocabulary. It will also help them achieve better grades in school.
How do you know if your child is gifted with musical ability?
Most children love music.
Have you seen those YouTube videos of toddlers dancing to the music? Usually, a child cannot carry a tune as a toddler, but a musically gifted child will be more progressive in their musical ability. Some toddlers love to beat on pots and pans. Others love playing with a xylophone.
Help your child listen for different sounds they hear. Do they hear a bird singing, water flowing in a river, cars going by? Teach them to listen to the sounds that surround them.
Get a copy of Peter and the Wolf, a musical composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936.
Point out the different musical instruments as they listen to the story. A musical instrument represents each character in the story. For example, the flute represents a bird.
It is a fun musical that you both will enjoy.
If they show signs of musical abilities, you may want to provide music lessons for them. Make sure the teacher is someone who loves children and is patient. Some children will like to learn about different instruments. Others may lose interest after some time. Provide the stimulus and encouragement, but if they lose interest, that is ok. They may come back to it when they are older.
How do you know if your child is gifted with artistic ability? Children usually love to draw and color. It helps them express their feelings and develops their fine motor skills. Drawing and coloring also help the child concentrate.
It improves hand-eye coordination as they try to put on paper what they see. Drawing also gives them confidence. It helps them feel good about themselves.
As the child grows, continue adding different media for them to express themselves. Toddlers love to draw, or should I say scribble. Give them nontoxic toddler crayons that are giant-sized so they can grab hold of the crayon. Be sure and supervise, otherwise they may decide to decorate your walls and floors. When they can control the crayon, try giving them blank paper to draw themselves, their family, pet, or other items that they see around themselves. Encourage them to tell a story with their artwork. When they are ready, add watercolor or another medium.
The painting will further develop their hand-eye coordination. You can pick up a kid’s art supplies kit with different art materials, such as pencils, crayons, and paints. Enroll your child in art classes at local art centers.
Who knows, you may have the next Rembrandt or Picasso.
Some children need to be moving. Even though they may enjoy music and art, they just cannot sit still. They are in their element when they are outside running and playing ball. There are so many options for children in sports. You can sign your toddler up for swimming lessons, gymnastics, soccer, and other sports. As they grow older, you can introduce them to baseball, soccer, and swim teams. Sports help children learn how to work together as a team. Check out the YMCA or other centers that specialize in activities for children.
Be sure and select sports that are appropriate for your child’s age and skills.
Provide toys that will develop their thinking process and their motor skills. Look for toys that are appropriate for your child’s age. Educational toys help the child develop problem-solving. They also help develop fine and gross motor skills. Educational toys nurture their creativity and imagination. They provide positive self-esteem. Do not forget outside toys that will improve their coordination and provide exercise. Outdoor toys help children build their endurance. They learn balance, speed, and control as well as physical and emotional development.
Make learning fun
Make learning new skills fun for your child. Be part of their learning process. Praise them often. By providing educational and physical stimulation, you will help your children grow to be a confident adult in whatever field they choose.