"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
-Charlotte Mason

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Simple Ways To Make Babies Smarter


*Make eye contact. Take advantage of those brief moments when your newborn's eyes are open and look right into them. Infants recognize faces early on -- and yours is the most important!
*Each time he stares at you, he's building his memory.
*Stick out your tongue. Studies show that newborns as young as 2 days old can imitate simple
facial movements -- it's a sign of very early problem solving.
*Let him reflect. Have your baby stare at himself in the mirror. At first, he may think he's just eyeing another cute kid, but he'll love making the "other" baby wave his arms and smile.
*Make a difference. Hold up two pictures about 8 to 12 inches away from your baby's face. They should be similar but have one small difference (perhaps a tree is in one but not the other). Even a young infant will look back and forth and figure out the distinguishing features, which sets the stage for letter recognition and reading later on.
*Chat Her Up, Make Her Laugh, Blab away. All you may get is a blank look, but leave short pauses where your baby would speak. Soon she'll catch on to the rhythm of conversation and start filling in the blanks.
*Go gaga. Your baby really tunes in to your silly cooing and high-pitched baby talk.
*Clue him in. When you announce, "I'm going to turn on the light now" before flipping the switch, you're teaching cause and effect.
*Tickle her toes. In fact, tickle her all over. Laughter is the first step in developing a sense of humor. And playing games teaches your child to anticipate events.
*Be a funny face. Puff up your cheeks, and have your toddler touch your nose. When she does, poof! Have her pull your ear, and then stick out your tongue. Make a funny noise when she pats your head. Keep to the same routine three or four times, then change the rules to keep her guessing

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