7 Days Or Less To A Smarter & Happier Child
What do you do when your child tells you that he or she isn’t smart?
You can give the standard answer, “Of course you’re smart” then proceed to give examples. But is it enough?
Unfortunately many children have fallen into to the belief that they aren’t smart. A few reasons as to how this happens are:
* They don’t test as well as their school classmates.
* They are never the first one done with their work or tests in class.
* They aren’t getting A’s and B’s like their classmates.
* Somebody else has lead them to believe that what they do isn’t good enough.
( I actually had a 7th grade science teacher that grouped some desks together and called it “Skid Row”. If you had a C or lower in his class, you had to sit there. Yeah, I was placed there a few times…)
***All of our lives we have been conditioned to believe what smart is.
What if you could actually prove to your child how smart he or she is?
Connect with the child. Get to really know them.
Identify their areas of smart. I have provided a FREE “Smarts Survey” that will help you identify your child’s areas of “smart”.
After your child takes the survey, CLICK HERE to get a detailed description about each area of smart.
Take Action! The most important part in the self-discovery process. Don’t just talk about their area(s) of strength put it into action! Begin with a small project that is in one of their areas of smart. Seeing success right at the beginning is a great self-esteem builder and motivator. Then move on to bigger projects, but do it a little at a time. It’s like the old saying, it’s easier to eat an elephant a little bit at a time, instead of trying to eat it all at once.
(MY BOOK OFFERS a realistic plan of action and activity ideas for each area of smart/strength.)
* Remember, set small goals at first. Faster success is very rewarding and builds confidence from the beginning.
SUPPORT Be your child’s biggest supporter, be their “Pocket Cheerleader”. VERY IMPORTANT!
Many children are used to having somebody else make choices for them. When beginning a personal project for the first time, they may need guidance.
* Identify their areas of smart/strength. Use the FREE survey or ask them what they enjoy learning about or doing and write it down. Is there something in particular they want to know more about, such as planets or a particular sport?
* Look at the list. Can you shorten it to one idea or strength? Again, it’s best to start with one interest. Let your child know that they will get to do more projects in the future, but that it is best to start with just one.* Now focus on just one subject in the area they have chosen. For example, if they chose planets, depending on their age, you may want to find out how many there are. If your child is older, it may be fun to learn about their different atmospheres and sizes.
* Once they have chosen a topic, it’s time to decide on what type of project they would like to do.
*** Many “smarts” projects produce great results if a project is involved. It gives your child something tangible to look back at after they have reached a goal in an area or areas of smart.
Projects can include a display board, video, photo collage, poster, skit, drawings, written paper, a personal journal, photograph album of the activities, comedy routine, poem, or even a website created by your child. The sky is the limit for how your child can show themselves and others what they can accomplish and learn while discovering their areas of smart.
Once they have decided what they want to do or learn about, they need to write down what materials they would like to use in their project. If the project is an activity, they need to write down where it will take place and if any equipment will be needed to do the activity.
The next step before beginning is deciding where the project or activity will take place (inside or outside) and to determine if they will need help to make it happen.
*** FYI: My book is full of ideas and projects for each area of strength
* It’s important to decide how much time will be spent on the project. Depending on the age of your child, 15 to 20 minutes a day may be enough. Let your child help make this decision. The time is only a guide. If they want to work on the project longer, let them. some may even chose to finish their project in one setting, and that is okay too. What is important here is making sure that time is being scheduled for them to do their project.
* Set up and begin!
* Some projects may require a trip to the library, a museum, somebody’s home or place of business. Make sure to schedule the time for this to happen.
* Plan on beginning the project today if all of the prep work is finished. (Prep being research etc.)
* Work on project.
* Work on project.
* Finish project.
* Reflect. Talk about what your child liked the best about their project and what they would change if they were to do it again. This part is VERY important. It will give them ownership of what they just did and to also realize what they just accomplished.
* Make plans to talk about a new project, possibly in a new area, or just stay in the one they are in right now if they are enjoying it.
By participating in a personal project of their choice and interest, your child will gain knowledge, experience, and most importantly, the confidence that they are smart in their own areas. It is during this time that they will learn new things about themselves, too, which is very important at a young age. Build their confidence and they will flourish and not be afraid to try things on their own. Discovering firsthand how smart they really are is an attribute that will last your child a lifetime.
My books, one for adults and one for kids, are full of information and ideas to help you and your child realize their full potential.
Hey! All Kids Are Smart
This must-read book will help you and your child discover where their areas of smart are. Once they have discovered this, their world will open up with many new and empowering possibilities.
The adventures inside include:
* What the eight areas of smart are.
* A simple interest survey to identify their areas of strength.
* A guide for those with Special Needs children.
* How to inspire your child.
* A plan of action.
* Activities to do in each area of smart.
* A list of heroes for your child to identify with, including astronauts, artists, scientists, athletes,
writers, chefs, performers, politicians, etc.
* Possible careers have been added to each area of smart. It’s never too early to start thinking
about the future.
So what are you waiting for? Show your child how smart he or she really is!
ARE YOU SMART?
This children’s book will not only delight young readers, it will also help them discover their personal areas of smart. Children and their parents will go on a magical bus ride with Mrs. Dilly and her class to the All Kids Are Smart School. Many of them don’t think they are smart, but soon realize they are all smart in their own unique way.
The fun illustrations are by Val Chadwick Bagley, also known as the cartoon guy. Val has illustrated many children’s books and comic strips.
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