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Maximize Your Child's Learning Ability

Book Time

Find books your child will enjoy reading. The more he reads, the quicker his reading skills will develop. Pick out a good story dealing with a common interest and read regularly together before bedtime. Use different voices for the characters to stimulate his imagination. Ask questions while reading to test and stretch his comprehension.

Cook Meals Together

Let your child help prepare meals and improve her math skills. Let her measure out items with cups and spoons. Discuss terms such as quart, gallon and ounces.

Play With Your Child

Play regularly with your child. "Playing with your child is like giving them candy for their brain," says Nancy Newman, an educator and author. Have set-aside time for creative crafting, which encourages a child's imagination. Praise his creativity and efforts. Play with words while doing normal things together, such as asking your child to use as many adjectives as possible to describe her pet.

Limit Technology Time

Set aside a limited time for games on the computer and television. While learning does take place while playing video games, it also can be limiting for a child both mentally and physically if that's what he does with most or all of his free time. Encourage play outside, reading and craft time, chores and other activities that work different "mental muscles."

Sleep Time

Elementary school children should get around 10 hours a sleep a night, and teenagers should get eight to 10 hours daily. A lack of sleep results in lessening of information retained. Sleep-deprived children also are often disruptive in class, further hindering learning, according to Dr. Janis Keener, a clinical psychologist.

Diet Issues

Limit sugar and refined grains from your child's diet. Too much sugar and refined grains promote mood and energy swings, which can inhibit learning. Instead, make sure his diet is filled with good fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks, such as carrot sticks and healthy nuts.

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