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Rate Your Family's DQ (Discovery Quotient)

Magazine article Ebony

Rate Your Family's DQ (Discovery Quotient)

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(Discovery Quotient)

Do you encourage the kinds of learning adventures that will help your child develop special interests and strenhts? Take this true-false quiz to find out!

1 Everyday activities offer real opportunities for learning and discovery.

True False

2 The quickest way to dampen the enthusiasm of children is to argue them to take up activities you feel could help them develop their interests.

True False

3 Private lessons are the best way to nurture a child's creativity.

True False

4 It's unwise to let children help adults with dailt tasks, even if they want to, because it will onlt frustrate them.

True False

5 When it comes to helping children discover their streghts, unstructured play time is essential.

True False

6 Though lots of first-rate books focus on adult interests and hobbies, young readers have a few good choices in this area.

True False

7 You can learn a lot about your child's unique interests and strengths by joining in on some of your youngster's favorite activities.

True False

ANSWERS

1. True. Your child's sense of wonder can be the basis foe countless learning experiences. Does the appearance of earthworms after a rainstorm fascinate your child? Then help start an earthworm CfarmC that will introduce scientific skills like observation and making predictions. The result could be a lifelong interest in science!

2. False. "Children have to develop their own sense of direction," says Dorothy Rich, head of the Home and Schol Institute, "but we can show them some ways to light the fire." The thick, she says, is to seek not one but several ways to further your child's interests.

3. False. Costly individuals lessons are rarely needed to develop a child's creativity. Scouting and local resources like the YMCA/YWCA offer inexpensive programs in everything from drama to computers. …

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