Make your children smarter

2017-04-11 06:02

EDUBLOX Edublox reading, maths and learning clinic shares a few tips on how to find a middle ground this year so that the whole family can start 2017 sharp and refreshed.

“Cognitive skills, in a nutshell, are the mental skills that are used in the process of acquiring knowledge, the skills that separate good pupils from average to poor pupils,” explains Susan du Plessis, director of Educational Programmes at Edublox.

“Some children have worked hard over the course of the year to address cognitive skills deficits others may not have experienced any problems with learning.

“The trick is for parents to select activities that will continue to enforce their children’s cognitive skills in an environment that is not associated with the strict rules and routines as is the case during the academic year,” she continues.

According to Joanna Fortune, columnist and psychotherapist, children are on the receiving end of countless multimedia messages and carefully crafted advertising campaigns over the Christmas season, and they can easily feel overwhelmed by the consumer market-driven hyper-stimulation. “I believe we must go back to basics,” she emphasises.

Du Plessis agrees: “Something as simple (and cheap) as a jigsaw puzzle can improve hand-eye coordination when children flip, turn and remove pieces of the puzzle.

That you don’t necessarily have to spend much to entertain children in ways that will support their academic development.

Rather save the money to approach professional help if your children struggle with serious learning obstacles like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia.”

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