Boosting brain power in kids has always been something in the back of my mind. They can always use the extra brain boost as they are learning all day long in school. I have used simple ways to facilitate this, just by choosing my words and sentence structure wisely while trying to help our kids understand a concept. I’ve personally had learning experiences with my kids that have become very stunted, or on the other hand there’s been learning experiences which have thrived like a flower in bloom. Much of it is based on thinking out loud, and the words/ideas I use to direct them. Some of these follow.
Formulating a Plan
Encourage your child to devise a well thought out plan, which will enable him/her to reach their end goal successfully. Guide them into setting up a series of productive steps which will assist them in revealing any obstacles they may encounter, or other glitches they may need to anticipate along the way.
Recap their Current Knowledge
As they initially begin to learn something new, I find it’s helpful to start things by recapping what they’ve already learned about the topic or task ahead of beginning the new concepts. It seems to give them a nice foundation with which to build from as they go through the interactive task, and also provides relevant connections and links as they put the entire learning experience in context. Moving forward, they can refer to these things on countless occasions.
Thinking Out Loud
Especially when the kids are learning a new task, or mental exercise, I advocate talking themselves through it. They don’t think it’s particularly “cool” but I try to focus them on the necessity of it as they take on learning something new. Thinking out loud is a necessity in my opinion, because it helps them correct their thought processes ahead of time as they move through a task, should there be necessary corrections to make.
Use Prompts Wisely
As parents, we already know and see the issues and hang ups that will appear as our kids engage in the learning process of one thing or another. We only mean the very best for our children. However if we can be strategic about proceeding with a prompt or when to hold off, along the way we can greatly foster the learning process in a positive way. It takes some practice for us to do this well, but over time I’ve been able to see my progress when it comes to prompting at the appropriate time.
Source: Personal experience