Education is not solely done in school. Music activities like concerts are just one way you can bring your child’s intelligence up. The activities and places around you can also help your child learn about new things.
Free activities such as taking hikes, swimming in a lake, and walking around town are great. They should be used as part education, exercise, and fun. You also want to save your money and take your children on various educational and fun activities.
A natural history museum that is in your home town, a few hours’ drive, or in a city where you will take a vacation is a definite must. Museums may be filled with a lot of information and reading, but your child will also be fascinated by some of the things they have never seen before. For example, most large natural history museums either have real or replica dinosaur fossils. For children who are learning about dinosaurs or love dinosaur movies, there is nothing better than seeing something related to these extinct animals than going to a museum.
Movies in the park
The above are just a few of the activities your child can enjoy and you can help them be a part of. Many of these activities combine education with exercise because you have to walk around looking or playing. The sport options help teach your child coordination, as well as fun activities.
The educational locations are simply a way to build your child’s intelligence with new facts and help your child discover more of the world that exists. Sometimes activities are expensive and you may not be able to do more than one or two things in a year, but the point is you are trying to build your child’s intelligence. You are taking the time to help them gain a worldlier education versus the borders of your home town.
You may not be able to take a family vacation and immerse your child in a different culture. If you can—great. Vacations to Europe, Asia, or any other country are important, but they are expensive. If you can’t take a trip around the world, then at least bring the world to your children through the activities listed, as well as developing your own methods.
For instance, have food nights where you make dishes from a specific country. Set up the meal to include cultural distinctions on what the acceptable manners are, what would be considered rude, and provide a video that shows some of the highlights from that specific country.
Through this exposure, your children will learn to respect all people, as well as develop their education level. If possible, make friends with people from various countries to help you in your endeavor. If not, then make your home in a way that says your children are “touring” this new country. Little facts and figures can be posted around, while also using decorations of popular items these countries export.
Videos, books, and learning a second language are also ways to help your child build their brain and become smart.
If you are not from a household that speaks a second language, you still need to provide your child with a second language. In the US, there is a growing need to speak Spanish as a second language. However, you can also choose other options. Perhaps your child will adapt more quickly to German versus Spanish. Whatever, the case may be, you want to ensure that your child has at least one second language that they can learn.
They do not have to be fluent, but it is a good idea for your child to know the basics:
How to say hello
Talk about the weather
Ask where things are
Numbers and directions
You want your child to be able to speak to someone from a different country and at least know the greetings and pleasantries, as well as how to get around. Many students in the US today are coming across individuals that know their home country language, but do not know English. This can alienate a new student and make it difficult for your child to speak with them.
Additionally, the world is becoming more global. More people are traveling. The rest of the developed world teaches their children two languages. Their country’s language and English. You would be doing a disservice to your child, if you did not try to provide a few words of another language.
It builds memory, language understanding, and above all, their brain capacity.