Today we review some of the best books on how to boost your child’s brain development and IQ. We all want our children to be as smart as possible, and reading is important in this process. Read how to best help your child develop their full potential through simple games and essential skills.
Boost Your Child’s Brain Development – 5 short book reviews
1. Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs – Ellen Galinsky
Families and Work Institute President Ellen Galinsky proposes a new point of view when it comes to parenting books. The scientific research is backed up by personal stories which will give you great ideas of how to develop the different parts of your childs intellect. The science is simple without being over simplified. The book has chapters dedicated to each of the seven essential skills. It increases the difficulty of the type of learning as you progress into the book. Ellen Galinsky’s book should be read by all parents (and teachers) who want their children to have the capacity to learn and structure information from an early age.
2. NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children – Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman have written a compelling book on how to raise your child to be socially aware. This parenting book approaches learning from a social and realistic point of view. For example, the writers highlight the difference between good intentions and good ideas. They point out that parents often put more effort in praising the children’s object of labor than the labor itself. This will then affect the childs brain development and sense of self.
The book gives perspective to all parents about the reasons behind common behavioral worries. It will guide you on how to avoid them with simple activities. The information is sorted into chapters for a better understanding of each problem covered.
3. Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder – Mariah Bruehl
Mariah Bruehl, a former teacher, approaches learning through playing. Children, at a young age, are like a sponge for information. But when they are coerced to learn something with a degree of difficulty, they often resist. By making a game out of learning, the child will feel more comfortable learning about new subjects. They dont realise it is learning and they just see the fun and challenge. This type of learning stimulates curiosity and creativity which are important in boosting your child IQ.
4. Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five – John Medina
John Medina’s book prepares you for parenting from the day you conceive the baby until the age of five. The book is based on behavioral psychology and neuroscience research. It gives you the scientific knowledge you need to understand why your child acts a certain way and what you should do if you want to change something. The author talks about child brain development, and he puts emphasis on understanding emotions and learning. He believes that a smart child is a happy one. This book also teaches you how to plant the seeds of knowledge and how prepare the soil for your child to blossom into a beautiful, happy and smart adult one day.
5. Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems – Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
Children learn differently, so standardized teaching might not cover your child’s needs. Different Learners helps you understand the challenges your child faces when learning new things. It shows how the brain works. And how the child’s brain develops based on genetics and environment, so you can understand your child’s problems better.
It talks about common attention disorders and what the best way to diagnose and treat them. Furthermore, some of these disorders may be prevented, as the author explains. This is a practical guide on how to understand, prevent and approach your child’s learning difficulties.