TEN THINGS YOU CAN DO TO BUILD YOUR CHILD‘S BRAIN

by Doug Edwards
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1. MUSIC

            Rhythm, cadence, karaoke, and building homemade musical instruments

            Relaxation, Math, spatial ability

 

  1.          ACTING         

            Mimicking activities, facial expressions, dance, varying moods or emotions

            Expression of emotion, self-control

 

  1.          NATURE        

            Walk in the woods, visit a pond, collect items, and take photos for discussion

            Lack of fear in unfamiliar surroundings, different forms of life, observe change

 

  1.          FAMILY          

            Use family and photos to tell short stories. Repeat over time.

            Identify, appreciate and connect with diverse family members

 

  1.          LIBRARY        

            Build Dad’s library and child’s library. Take turns selecting favorites from both.

            Ownership, care of books, and dad can model his academic side.

 

  1.          COOK            

            Select and purchase items, measure, count, mix, cook, set table, serve, eat, talk.

            Food preparation, math, science, count, temperature, nutrition, planning, creating      something

 

  1.          EXERCISE                 

            Plan, diagram, time, count, log and change locations

            Establish importance and value, math, body parts, health

 

  1.          VOLUNTEER 

            Shovel snow from hydrant, clean snow off neighbor’s car, sweep, rake.

            Self-worth, give back, empathy, sense of community

 

  1.          THANK YOU              

            Make dinner for Mom; make get well, birthday, thank you cards, and phone calls

            Sympathy, empathy, gratefulness, thoughtfulness, emotion

 

  1.        BUILD

            Find something that needs to be assembled and do it together.

            Small project over time, patience, planning, each contributes to finished product, pride,        self-esteem, history.