8 ways to make your child smarter without tuition

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April 28, 2017

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    Is tuition the only way to help your child succeed in school? There are other ways to make your child smarter by enhancing her natural talents.

    There are at least 8 intelligences that are located in different parts of your brain, says Dr Khoo Kim Choo, a veteran educator and founder-director of the Preschool for Multiple Intelligences and Sunbird Child Development Centre.

    These can be nurtured from potential to reality, to varying degrees. Try these activities with your child, she suggests.

    Related: Are you obsessed about your child’s exam results?

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  • 2 / 9 Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

    Play number games and ask “What do you think would happen if…” questions. Involve your child in daily routines – sort laundry according to size or colour; count steps or how many plates would be required for the number of people at dinner.

    Related: 5 ways to teach your child about investing

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  • 3 / 9 Linguistic Intelligence

    Beyond reading books, read signs and labels and what you see around you. Talk to them regularly and ask them to tell you a story.

    Related: 5 ways to get your child to read more

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  • 4 / 9 Spatial Intelligence

    Play with puzzles, paint, clay, and draw. Look for landmarks to find your way home.

    Related: Why parents shouldn’t define children by their grades

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  • 5 / 9 Musical Intelligence

    Expose them to music from young. Sing and dance with them, and expose them to concerts and musical shows for kids.

    Use household items like pots, pans and pebbles in a bottle to create music.

    Related: Why music is important for baby development: How it helps

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  • 6 / 9 Interpersonal Intelligence

    Encourage your children to play with other kids. Teach them to share toys and request for the toys (instead of grabbing), as well as take turns.

    Related: 12 ways to help your child develop better through play

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  • 7 / 9 Intrapersonal Intelligence

    Affirm your children and show them that you love them unconditionally. Encourage effort and explain expectations clearly.

    Related: How to be a supportive parent 

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  • 8 / 9 Bodily-kinesthetic Intelligence

    Encourage them to walk, climb, run, in parks – but safely. Let them explore with their hands through scribbling, drawing, dough play and water play.

    Related: 7 smarter ways to teach your kid

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  • 9 / 9 Naturalistic Intelligence

    Go for nature walks in parks, beaches, nature reserves and by the river to touch, feel and observe nature. Use a magnifying glass to look at small creates, such as ants.

    Related: 5 signs of a smart kid

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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Is tuition the only way to help your child succeed in school? There are other ways to make your child smarter by enhancing her natural talents. There are at least 8 intelligences that are located in different parts of your brain, says Dr Khoo Kim Choo, a veteran educator and founder-director of the Preschool for Multiple Intelligences and Sunbird Child Development Centre. These can be nurtured from potential to reality, to varying degrees. Try these activities with your child, she suggests. Related: Are you obsessed about your child’s exam results? Logical-Mathematical Intelligence Play number games and ask “What do you think would happen if…” questions. Involve your child in daily routines – sort laundry according to size or colour; count steps or how many plates would be required for the number of people at dinner. Related: 5 ways to teach your child about investing Linguistic Intelligence Beyond reading books, read signs and labels and what you see around you. Talk to them regularly and ask them to tell you a story. Related: 5 ways to get your child to read more Spatial Intelligence Play with puzzles, paint, clay, and draw. Look for landmarks to find your way home. Related: Why parents shouldn’t define children by their grades Musical Intelligence Expose them to music from young. Sing and dance with them, and expose them to concerts and musical shows for kids. Use household items like pots, pans and pebbles in a bottle to create music. Related: Why music is important for baby development: How it helps Interpersonal Intelligence Encourage your children to play with other kids. Teach them to share toys and request for the toys (instead of grabbing), as well as take turns. Related: 12 ways to help your child develop better through play Intrapersonal Intelligence Affirm your children and show them that you love them unconditionally. Encourage effort and explain expectations clearly. Related: How to be a supportive parent  Bodily-kinesthetic Intelligence Encourage them to walk, climb, run, in parks – but safely. Let them explore with their hands through scribbling, drawing, dough play and water play. Related: 7 smarter ways to teach your kid Naturalistic Intelligence Go for nature walks in parks, beaches, nature reserves and by the river to touch, feel and observe nature. Use a magnifying glass to look at small creates, such as ants. Related: 5 signs of a smart kid (Photos: 123RF.com)

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