Raising super smart kids used to be something that people attributed to luck, but that doesn’t have to be the case anymore. There are fantastic ways that you can actually encourage your kid to be smart, adaptable, and precocious. As the job market continues to change and the future remains somewhat uncertain, parents aren’t able to prepare their kids for specific jobs anymore. It used to be enough to teach your kids math or science in order to ensure they get good jobs. That isn’t the case anymore. Schools are still teaching for a future based on the past, as parents are becoming aware that this isn’t effective anymore.
Instead, we need to teach kids how to be adaptable and to be thoughtful. We need to teach them how to learn and think for themselves – something they often aren’t taught until college – if they are taught it at all. Those children and teens who are interested in learning and being better will (almost always) take naturally to new situations and challenges. The sooner your child starts to enjoy learning and changing, the better off they will be into the future.
The good news? This doesn’t take a lot of work from either of you! Instead, it can be as simple as playing games for a few minutes a day.
Each child is born with the ability to love learning and acquire new talents. We see this when they begin learning to speak, walk, and play. MindFinity offers a methodology that builds upon this natural phenomenon and teaches children the foundations of polymath thinking by playing short games. In as little as 5-minutes a day, your child can develop an Inventive IQ that helps them see mathematical and creative possibilities in everything.
How To Help Children Be Smarter
Learning is supposed to be fun and our brains are wired to soak in knowledge, especially at young ages. However, the modern school system robs learning of all the fun and instead forces children to memorize facts and learn things they will never use in their lives. Children who enjoy this type of learning succeed in the short term, but they can have problems adapting once the time comes to find a job. Over time, children will start to lose their love of learning in favor of other activities.
Even so, this is when our kids learn the basic skills that they will use the rest of their lives, even if they aren’t what we imagine they will be. They learn how to be adaptable, how to set routines, how to think about something, and how to take control of their own actions. One of the best ways they do this is through learning patterns. They learn what patterns work well for themselves, how they can use patterns to get things done more quickly, and how to predict patterns. This helps them when imagining abstract ideas and thoughts – even if they cannot vocalize them just yet.
Your child starts to love learning when they realize that it helps them to succeed in different ways. When they start to read, they may learn new words to weave into conversations. When they research athletes, they learn how to be better during gym class. However, they need to have that foundation of a love of learning.
These are the children who go on to become leaders and innovators across the board. It doesn’t matter what careers they choose, they will be more successful and be able to adjust. They are able to get jobs that require thinking and reasoning – the types of jobs that will not be replaced by robots and AI. No one can accurately predict what the future holds, but we can predict the type of people who will succeed, as that is a pattern we’ve observed over time.
How to Encourage Smart Children To Keep Learning
Many children are naturally drawn to learning when they are younger and then they lose that zest as people tell them that learning isn’t “cool” or what they should do. Most children get lost in the crowd as the education system focuses on other types of children. The world is set up in a way that being a super smart kid isn’t rewarded. You can encourage your child to keep learning and growing by:
- Talking to them like they are adults
- Asking them questions to get them to articulate their feelings
- Explaining things in realistic ways (but that are still age appropriate)
- Helping your child to understand the hard things
- Playing offline games that teach new ways of thinking
That last point may throw you for a bit of a loop, but it is true. Playing offline games is one of the best ways to help your child develop the type of thinking patterns that lead to lifelong success and a love of learning. It isn’t an easy thing to do because most games teach them things they are already learning in school, focusing on rote memorization.
MindFinity is different.
At MindFinity, we’ve discovered that children love learning when they are able to focus on a challenge for a short period of time, and get a quick win. The impact this has is just as great as studying for hours or taking extra classes. Games have always been amazing tools for parents, whether they were used to teach something or just to distract the kids. We don’t do that – we take just a few minutes per day to encourage brain growth.
Our system builds on a child’s natural inclination towards curiosity and incorporates gameplay into it. Families who play MindFinity’s games can start to think in new, exciting ways on a deeper and bigger scale than ever before. You can quickly start to see your child not only act smarter and perform better in school, but also start to question and think about things on their own. You’ll be surprised by their results on a daily basis!
On top of that, this doesn’t really take away time from allowing your child to be a child. Forced learning is one of the biggest reasons that super smart kids don’t go on to become successful adults. They burn out and become lazy too quickly when they have had years of extra work.
Based on Opher Brayer’s award-winning, multidisciplinary-talent acquisition methodology, MindFinity’s games will have your family dancing, drawing, making music, cooking, doing karate, and much more, all while learning the foundations of polymath thinking. This can assist your child in developing talents in a variety of fields, all while cultivating an innovative and creative mind that is prepared for the uncertainties of tomorrow’s job market.
Raising A Super Smart Kid Has Its Challenges
As the world changes and job opportunities shift, we need to start thinking about what we are teaching our children. The job market is only going to become more competitive and require more skills. Schools aren’t preparing our children for this. Those parents who encourage lifelong learning in their children will see the most success as they grow and change. The days are gone when a degree in a specific field is enough to form a career. The most successful people will be able to shift and adapt as they are on the job, and they will always be willing to learn more.
As more and more of our workforce is replaced by AI and computers, the ability to be teachable is a skill that will become necessary. By teaching your children how to acquire this skill now, instead of trying to reprogram their brains when they are older, you are saving them quite a bit of strife.
One of our basic lessons asks students to think of all the pattern combinations of a circle, square and triangle. We then take all 6 patterns and change them to musical notes, replacing each shape with a note (square is A, the circle is B, the triangle is C). After learning the first step, most children are able to quickly apply their knowledge from one field to another and recreate all the combinations of 3 notes. Not only that, but they’ll typically be able to precisely perform all six melody lines. Performing these sorts of pattern recognition and design games allow children to use mathematical principles without needing the language to describe what they are doing. Consequently, when they are introduced to mathematical concepts later in life they will seem familiar and routine. MindFinity asks students to look for solutions and apply knowledge from one field to another whenever they can, and all in just 5 minutes a day.
MindFinity: Helping To Raise Super Smart, Teachable Kids
Learning doesn’t have to be something that your children lose love for as they age. It is something that you will need to stoke and cultivate as the school system tampers their spirits and other children encourage them to be lazy or unenthusiastic about their schoolwork. When you sign your child up for MindFinity, you and your child will be playing games that have been specifically designed to teach pattern recognition and design.
Our system works in three steps:
- You learn to play simple games offline with your child.
- You play together for 5 minutes every day (that’s it!).
- Your child’s imagination grows as they discover ways to create their own games.
At the same time, playing MindFinity will help you to bond with your child. For those 5 minutes every day, you can sit with them and find out how their minds work, how they reason, and what goes on when they make decisions. It will give you the chance to focus on your own abstract and logical thinking. You will be amazed at how what they learn in 5 minutes can influence the rest of their day.
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