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The first ten years of a child's life as the "window of opportunity", at this time is critical to improving the "wiring" of a person's brain. Quoted from businessinsider.com, here are 7 ways to make your kids smarter:

1. Engage in music-making

Studies show that learning music makes kids smarter. On average, music students perform better on standardized tests and have higher overall GPAs. In one experiment, it was found that taking piano lessons even helped raised IQ significantly.

2. Eat a good breakfast

A child's brain needs a proper balance of nutrients such as glucose, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B, zinc, and folic acid. Kids who eat breakfast have better memory and longer attention spans. Whole grain cereals and oatmeal have been found to be a better start to the day than sugary cereals like Cap'n Crunch. With toddlers, breastfeeding has been shown to improve health and intelligence.

3. Limit television time

Of course, too much of anything can still be bad thing. Kids still need time away from the TV to develop social skills and do homework. For toddlers and infants, it has been found that TV has no educational benefits for kids under 2.

4. Unstructured play time should be mandatory

Unstructured playtime has always been an important part of "being a kid," but it is also crucial to a child's development. Hovering and over-parenting is linked with psychological problems. "Free play" not only helps kids develop cognitive and social skills, it also helps them develop into happy, healthy adults in the future.

5. Reading with your kids

Reading has long been known as a way to improve children's intelligence. Kids who are read to frequently develop earlier writing and number skills as well. For parents who don't have as much time, just surrounding your kids with books goes a long way too.

6. Praise good effort, not intelligence

Your kids may be smart, but you should focus your praise on the effort they put into succeeding at tasks. Kids who are praised on intelligence often feel it is a fixed trait, and mistakes or failures severely hurt their self-confidence. Kids who are praised on effort often focus more on learning, and are not afraid of a challenge, or to fail and try again.

7. Learn a second language

Early studies in this field have preliminarily shown that bilingual kids can focus better under pressure and focus better on relevant information. Research is being done still, but many argue that the peak of language learning ability ends before puberty. It has been shown that young children can learn new languages with nearly perfect fluency and pronunciation.

7 Activities That Make Your Kids Smarter

There is big difference between what children of five can do and what children of ten can do. Some times children develop early, some later. Some children develop gradually, other in leaps and bounds. It is not possible to say that the age of five all children can do x, at the age of seven they can do y. But is possible to point out certain characteristics of young children which you should be aware of and take into account in teaching. You as the teacher, are only one who can see how far up the ladder your individual pupils are. We can only draw your attention to characteristics of the average child which are relevant for language teaching.

Five to seven years olds

What five to seven years olds can do at their own level

  • They can talk about what they are doing.
  • They can tell you about what they have done or hear.
  • They can plan activities.
  • They can argue for something and tell you why they think what they think.
  • They can use logical reasoning.
  • They can use their vivid imaginations
  • They can use a wide range of imagination pattern in their mother tongue.
  • They can understand direct inter-action.

Eight to ten years olds

Children of ten are relatively mature children with an adult side and a children side. May of characteristics listed above will thinks of the past.

  • Their basic concept are formed. They have very decicide views of word.
  • They can tell the difference between fact and fiction.
  • They ask question all the time.
  • They rely on the spoken word as well as the physical world to convey an understand meaning.
  • They are able to make some decision about their own learning.
  • They have definite views about waht they like and what don't like doing.
  • They have a develop sense of fairness about what happens in classroom and begin to question the teacher's decisions.
  • They are able to work with others and learn from others.

The Young Language Learner

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