For decades, IQ (intelligence quotient) tests have been given to individuals to determine their intelligence. As a parent, you may have considered taking your child for an IQ test, possibly to determine what to expect in their educational journey. It’s a common thought; every parent wants to know that their child has the capacity to excel in life. Does an IQ test actually show this, though? Let’s take a closer look at IQ, the common assumptions surrounding it, and what you can do to improve it.
First, you need to understand what IQ really is, and the effect it has on a person. The following post sets a good foundation for our discussion:
What is IQ — and how much does it matter?
Earlier this year, 11-year-old Kashmea Wahi of London, England scored 162 on an IQ test. That’s a perfect score. The results were published by Mensa, a group for highly intelligent people. Wahi is the youngest person ever to get a perfect score on that particular test.
Does her high score mean she will go on to do great things — like Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein, two of the world’s greatest scientists? Maybe. But maybe not.
IQ, short for intelligence quotient, is a measure of a person’s reasoning ability. In short, it is supposed to gauge how well someone can use information and logic to answer questions or make predictions. IQ tests begin to assess this by measuring short- and long-term memory. They also measure how well people can solve puzzles and recall information they’ve heard — and how quickly. Read more at Science News For Students…
While a high IQ score equates to elevated reasoning ability, it does not guarantee that the test subject will do well in life. The reality is success takes more than that.
When it comes to discussing and assessing intelligence, an important question to ask is what is the best indicator of it. For example, if a person has a natural grasp of any sport they attempt but nothing to show when it comes to music, are they intelligent? This next post explores this issue:
3 Things You Need to Worry About When It Comes to Your Child’s IQ
One of my favorite graduate school professors told us about a parent who wanted her child to undergo an IQ test. This parent knew in her heart that her child was a “genius” and wanted the test done to confirm it.
My professor explained why she was bothered by this request. “If we let the child take the IQ test, and it does show that she scores far above the normal curve, now what? Even worse, what do we do if she takes the test, and we find out she’s ‘average’ all along?”
We all know that IQ stands for intelligence quotient, and it is a test of your mental abilities. But does this number really say how intelligent our children are? It depends on what intelligence means for you. Read more at Smart Parenting…
It is important for both you and your child to understand what an IQ test does and does not reveal. In addition, beware of placing unnecessary pressure on yourself or your child once you get the result. You do not want it to distort your child’s self-perception, especially since it can impact their self-esteem.
If your child’s intelligence relative to testing is a concern, there are aspects of their IQ you can deliberately and consistently work on and improve from an early age. This article provides more detail:
What makes children smart may surprise you.
Contrary to popular thinking, developing a child’s IQ is not about getting them to do tons of IQ questions or assessment books. Neither is it about improving their memory.
It is the everyday activities of what parents do and you say that matters.
Here are 5 things you can do to improve your child’s intelligence.
- Read To Improve Verbal and Linguistic Intelligence
Linguistic intelligence is the ability to process information using words and language.
Compared to processing images or speech, reading is more challenging as parts of our brain are making connections. When we read, we are also required to construct and imagine. Read more at The New Age Parents…
Spending time in a positive environment that encourages playful learning is a great contributor to a young child’s intelligence. At Spanish for fun!, we are committed to providing your preschooler with a comprehensive and holistic approach to learning, which will contribute to the development of all the dimensions of intelligence discussed in this post.
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