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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Identifying Hidden Talents in Children - Part I

By Andrew Loh

Every child is unique and special with its own hidden talents and skills. Unlocking hidden potentials is a sure way to make children smarter and intelligent. However, parents should be able to identify to check, if their children have hidden potential before devising any strategy to nurture them. Some children have immense talents that everyone can see and appreciate while others might have hidden ones that if given a push can come open into the public. Here are some tips to identify your children's hidden talents and potentials:

Sorting out objects and things

Some children have the habit of playing with objects and sorting them in a neat order. Sorting objects could be anything:

  1. Sorting out colors and shades.

  2. Dividing and segregating objects by their size and volume.

  3. Lining up toys based on their size.

  4. Pairing up socks and shoes by size and colors.

When you notice these activities, your children may possess an auditory-sequential ability while learning. He or she could also be a sequential and linear thinker. It could even be ability for organizing things and objects. Some children have the ability to pay attention to finest details. Pattern and ability to recognize shapes and sizes may also mean an enhanced ability for math and science learning. Children who excel in sorting out shapes and sizes also possess an ability to use their logical power to learn new meanings.

How to boost and nurture them - You can bring toys and play sets that allow your children to explore objects, things and patterns. Pattern recognition and matching could be nurtured by using building blocks, color charts, shape sorters etc. Ask your children to arrange cooking utensils, crockery and other sundry kitchen items. You can even provide different sized coins to sort and arrange (see that you avoid giving coins to small children!).

Non-stop talking and chatting

Children, who could be rich in linguistic and grammatical skills, could be very good learners of languages. Some children are skilled in telling stories, constructing sentences very quickly and commit very few grammatical mistakes while they are talking. In addition, some children learn writing very early in their age. Verbal efficiency and capability could mean that your children are somewhat gifted and skilled in linguistic skills. Learning linguistic skills is a necessary tool to succeed in schools.

How to boost and nurture them - Ask your children to create some stories and tell them to you. If possible, ask them to visualize the scene of the story that he or she is reciting. You can even bring colorful and illustrated story books for them to read and understand. Ask children to speak in front of a voice recorder and instruct them to hear to their own voices. Reflecting on one's own though is the best possible way to develop linguistic skills. A good speaker could even be a very good listener. List the advantages listening to others' speaking and tell them that it can make them wiser and intelligent.

Playing and fiddling with objects and things in front of them

Exploring how things work and operate in a natural setting indicates that children who do it are hands-on learners. Some children are enamored by things that move and work by themselves like machines, cars, fire engines and cranes. They are most probably, visual and spatial learners who learn by observing how things work and how they are constructed.

How to boost and nurture them - You can buy them construction toys, car kits, helicopter assemblies, musical toys that move and dance, war tanks that actually make sounds and other similar toys that can be dissembled and later re-assembled. Give them things that can be of interest. Take them to play centers that offer them an opportunity to indulge in fruitful hands-on activities. Show them how water taps work, in what manner signal lights operate and anything that actually moves and acts. Please keep a close watch on children because moving and lose objects could be dangerous as they may swallow them that eventually leads to choking.

Day dreamers are capable of doing great things in life

Some children are day dreamers and they are always immersed in their own thoughts. They might even like to pretend play with objects and things. They may like to paint and draw their own pictures. They may even gaze at the bright blue sky and keep thinking and generating ideas. Such children are obviously creative and imaginative. Most of them are immersed in their fantasies and they may even try to imagine new things and scenarios. In addition they are very good in problem solving.

How to boost and nurture them - The first basic thing to do is to help them raise their imagination level; you can buy materials that help them to create their own world. Enroll them to an art and painting school. Let them learn music and playing musical instruments. You can even buy them great books that compel them to travel to a fantasy land.

Continue to read Identifying Hidden Talents in Children - Part II.


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