But are you really smarter than your great-grandmom? IQ tests measure the kind of intelligence that makes you do well at school. If we had tests for the kind of intelligence that lets you run a farm, raise eight children and make perfect biscuits on a smoky wood stove, your great-grandmom might look a lot smarter.
By the end of the fourth grade those who had received more didactic instruction earned significantly lower grades than those who had been allowed more opportunities to learn through play.
Easter is a time for renewal and resurrection. A time to appreciate beauty. It Is not a time for hurried children. It is the time for imagination. It is a time of love. It is not the time of tiger moms or of helicopter parents nor free range children. Our children need direction and the opportunity to explore and interact with their parents and siblings. Our children need daily surprises. Capture their attention when they are young and they will have open eyes for ever.
When your baby is really small, it can seem like they have no idea what’s going on when you read aloud to them. They may grab at the pages, try to wiggle away, or show very little interest in what’s happening.
Here are some tips that will help you interact with your baby and their books, even at a very early age.
1. Lie down on the floor together.
2. Do voices.
3. Find audio copies of your favorite pictures books.
4. Sometimes, skip the words and just focus on the pictures instead.
5. If the book is a rhyming one, sing it!