When people find out how smart Dai Bee is, the first thing they ask, “what did you do?” Well, nothing much more than any parent, I guess. There are a few things along the way that might give them a boost here and there:
1) I remembered when he first started to walk, I’d always hold his hands up and down the stairs. While holding his hands, I often count the numbers as we were going up or down anywhere we went. Soon, he was counting with me. And yes, Dai Bee knew how to count before he was 2.
2) When the boys asked for snacks (at a very young age – 2 or 3), I always asked them how many they wanted. They would give me a number. Usually a number between 1-10 because that’s all they knew at that age. When they asked for 6, I would just give them 4 and asked how many more I am missing. This started our basic arithmetic lesson, at age 2.
3) Between 12 or 18 months, I stopped using goo goo gaa gaas to communicate with them. I use real (but simple) words. I don’t make up words for big items such as refrigerator or blow dryer.
4) When they first learned their alphabets, we would play “I spy” games in the car (while I was driving). We would look for letters from signs or colors. When they were older, we always played “rhyming” games.
5) Always read read and read to them. When a child comes to you to read a book, always drop whatever you’re doing (to a certain extent) and sit down to read with him or her. Try your very best to read with exaggerated expressions. Be animated. Kids love it! That’s how Ah Lo knew the words “excavators, dump truck, cement mixer, transporter” when he was barely over 3.
6) When the boys do their homework, I make them do more than what was required. For example, last night, Ah Lo brought home a worksheet that asked the child to find something in the house that’s rectangular and draw it down. The teacher only asked for one item, but we went on with more than one. Not only so, I helped him spell out the words for each drawing (i.e. “refrigerator, mirror, window, etc.” When Dai Bee was in preschool, he had a reading log. He basically read a book and colored the number of books in a chart given by the teacher. I did more. I suggested that he copied down the title of each book he read.
7) I checked Dai Bee’s homework every night. For that, I NEVER point out which ones were wrong, if any. I only let him know there was one (or more) incorrect on this page (or this section depends on how many problems are on that page). He needed to check out himself which one he did incorrectly. I didn’t want him to think that he could be careless with his work because there’s always someone to correct it. This also teaches him to double check his homework/tests.
You’ll realize that there’s really no special tricks. Today the truth is told.
“Today I am thankful for making to work on time…”