“It’s just that I
stay with problems longer.”
Your child may not be the next Einstein. But learning how to solve problems will help train children’s brains for anything they do.
Here are some simple strategies your child can use to observe the world and solve problems:
· Put things in categories. Start with simple things like socks or silverware.
· Put events in categories. What were her five best experiences in 2003?
· Make lists. What are her five favorite books of all time?
· Make charts. Does she have to make a choice about whether to join a soccer team? In column one, have her list five reasons she should join. In column two, have her list five reasons she shouldn’t.
· Look carefully. Teach your child to be an observer of the world around her. Try playing “What’s Wrong Here?” You might set the table but use clothespins instead of forks. You’ll have fun and you’ll also teach your child to look for regular patterns.
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