IQ Boosters - Introductory Chapter
A Complete Program
to Increase Your Family's IQ
Through Time Management, Habits,
Activities, and Games.
The Power of Your Family to Promote I.Q. & Success
What kind of home do you want for yourself and your family? If you are like most parents, you want a home that is safe and secure. You want a home that is comfortable, interesting, and exciting. You want family life to be full of love and care for one another. You want your relationships to build self-esteem and confidence. Only a few people fully realize they can have even more, a home that can significantly promote intelligence, achievement, and success. And to do this more dramatically than ever possible before, I.Q. Boosters puts in your hands all the tools you need. In the following pages, you will learn how to develop in yourself and your children thirteen key areas of intelligence recognized today as vitally important for both school achievement and success in life. More than 900 powerful time management suggestions, everyday habits, simple activities, and fun games are instantly available for you to use to your family's best advantage.
As a parent, it is more important that you have the best tools and information related to I.Q. development and success than anyone else who will ever have contact with your child. No one will ever love your children more than you do, nor have as much interest in their development and welfare. No other person or group of people will have as many key opportunities to help your children grow and develop to their fullest potential. Your power is at least four times as great as the power of any teacher or school your children will ever attend.
Building a home that can increase each family member's success is much like constructing a rocket ship. You can build an average rocket ship and expect average results, or you can add boosters and build a more powerful rocket ship that can go greater distances. It is the same with your home and your children. Children raised in average homes usually wind up with enormous potential that is, unfortunately, never fulfilled. According to Albert Einstein, the average person uses only about 14 percent of his or her brain capacity. Why not ignite the 86% of potential most other people leave dormant?
Boost I.Q. up to 10, 20, 30 Points or More
Back in the 1960's, the great educational psychologist J. McV. Hunt suggested that if we could better govern the encounters children have with their environments, we could substantially increase their intelligence by as much as 30 points. What a challenge! This is particularly important to parents because the vast majority of the key encounters needed to boost I.Q. is within their control in their own homes. I.Q. can be boosted by relatively simple adjustments to your everyday family patterns of living with one another. The problem for parents is that most of the relevant research is buried deep and scattered wide in university libraries in hard-to-read educational and psychological journals and papers. Even more important, before the research can be used it needs to be translated into practical ideas and tools ordinary parents, often hard pressed by many other challenges in life, can understand and apply in their own homes with a minimum of time and effort. My first attempts in translating this research some years ago was in designing learning programs called Make It a Habit and Brain Builders that appeared on Quaker Life Cereal boxes. Now, after more than twenty years of further research and development, I feel I have answered J. McV Hunt's challenge. I.Q. Boosters gives you a complete program to move the I.Q. curve over for yourself and your entire family.
What An Extra 10, 20, or 30 Points Can Mean
Look at the Frequency Distribution of I.Q. above and put your finger where you think you would place your own current I.Q. Next, move your finger 10, 20, or 30 points to the right. Imagine the added opportunities and enjoyment that it would bring to your life! Consider what it would do for each of your children!
Examine the chart below. The average I.Q. of a college graduate is only ten points higher than the average high school graduate. There is also only a ten point difference between the average college graduate and the average holder of a doctorate degree from a university.
Average IQ and Educational Attainment
From Cronbach, ESSENTIALS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING (2nd Ed.) N.Y.:Harper (1960), p 174.
Education & Income Potential
Based on the latest Census Bureau statistics:
J A person with a high school diploma on the average will earn more than double the person without one.
J The average person with a college degree will make almost double that of the person with only a high school diploma.
J Post graduate training and degrees can almost double your earning power again.
Estimated Lifetime Earnings
Higher education or training increases income opportunities. Over a lifetime, it can mean as much as an extra million dollars available to live the life of one's choosing. A higher I.Q. helps you reach any goal. Of course, success involves more than I.Q. alone. You need achievement motivation, time management and good use of resources, success habits, and effective strategies. Although the main objective of I.Q. Boosters is to increase intelligence, many of the suggestions and activities also help build these other essential qualities.
Increasing Your Child's Brain Capacity
By giving your child enriched experiences at home, you will make a positive difference in your child's developing brain. Physical changes take place as your child interacts with his or her environment and engages in learning opportunities. The cortex of the brain is 80% uncommitted at birth. One of the major purposes of childhood is to customize our brains to most effectively deal with our needs, successfully solve the problems we may likely encounter in life, and adapt to our environment. In other words, to develop the intelligence we will need to live life successfully. This continues throughout our lives. Each of us has about the same number of brain neurons, but it is by building connections among them that we increase our real capacity. The number of connections we can make is unlimited, and therefore the potential capacity of our brain becomes for all practical purposes, limited only by our actions and beliefs!
In a way, brain neurons are like eager hands with outstretched fingers ready to grasp new ideas and information. As your family participates in I.Q. Booster activities, new connections are established, and each family member will continuously grow toward his or her fullest potential.
Tools Increase Natural Abilities
Tools enable us to achieve results way beyond our natural abilities. It is easy to see this in history. Consider how tools, such as the wheel, books, movable type, the arch, steel, steam power, the automobile, the airplane, and the computer made huge differences in what people could do and accomplish. For example, before 1830, an experienced tailor could make about thirty stitches a minute. In that year, the first sewing machine was invented. Though still primitive by today's standards, it enabled a person to make two hundred stitches a minute. The tailor's power to accomplish a desired task increased over six times. With modern sewing machines, that power has been magnified many times more. Some of the greatest tools in history have been in the form of ideas, such as the alphabet, writing, the use of the zero, the decimal number system, the equal sign, the power of algebra and physics, the concept of self-esteem, positive thinking, and powerful memory techniques.
There are a number of tools that can dramatically boost effective intelligence. Every new I.Q. boosting tool you and your family put to use in your own lives will dramatically increase your effective intelligence and abilities. In other words:
YOU + TOOLS = WOW!
Increase Your Success by Leveraging Your I.Q.
Through the use of a lever, you can exert power way beyond normal human capacity. Using the same principle, you can leverage your own I.Q. For example, you can increase your thinking power about twenty percent by simply verbalizing your thoughts. That is why people tend to talk to themselves as they try to solve difficult problems, and why sometimes a problem is often solved right in the middle of an attempt to explain it to someone else. Language helps us focus, and because language is based on logic, gaps in our thinking become evident and relationships between elements of the problem become clear. In a way, then, we can leverage our natural ability by about 20% by verbalizing our thoughts. A starting I.Q. of 100 leveraged by 20% would then operate as a 120 I.Q. Consider other examples of starting I.Q.'s leveraged by twenty percent:
90 I.Q. becomes an effective 108 I.Q.
110 I.Q. “ “ “ 132 I.Q.
120 I.Q. " " " 144 I.Q.
130 I.Q. " " " 156 I.Q.
What if you could leverage your I.Q. by thirty percent?
90 I.Q. becomes an effective 117 I.Q.
100 I.Q. " " " 130 I.Q.
110 I.Q. " " " 143 I.Q.
120 I.Q. " " " 156 I.Q.
130 I.Q. " " " 169 I.Q.
Some ways to leverage areas of your I.Q. are even more dramatic. For example, the average person forgets more than 75% of what he or she learns within the first 24 hours of exposure. Simple leverage techniques, introduced in the sections that follow, prevent this costly loss and assure more complete retention. For each area of intelligence I.Q. Boosters will show you how to use I.Q. tools and strategies that immediately increase effective or leveraged intelligence while other developmental methods gradually increase basic intelligence itself.
Building Your Intelligence Support System
Intelligence reaches its full potential by being part of an enriched support system. For example, having other people with whom to share mutual interests and jointly participate in learning projects, ask and answer questions, give and receive help, show interest, and give as well as receive positive encouragement. Also important is a quiet place to study, access to information from books, reference materials, computers, and other aids, and the means to participate in other learning opportunities and experiences outside the family.
Good Nutrition and Physical Fitness
Good nutrition is of special importance during pregnancy and the first months of childhood because it can effect the physical development of the brain and nervous system. But at all ages, we do better when we eat properly and exercise regularly. Consider about eight points of I.Q. being directly related to good nutrition and health.
Recognize & Nurture Talents Early
One of the most rewarding experiences in life is to discover and develop our own talents, and the talents of our children. Cynthia Pincus, et. al in the book, The Roots of Success: How to Raise A Super Achiever Based on A Survey of Parents Who Have Done It, reported the need for a threefold parent commitment:
J Expect greatness to unfold as your child grows up.
J Be intensely involved in your child's development of abilities and talents, especially in the early years.
J Show early recognition and enthusiastic support for your child's emerging special gifts, talents, and interests.
Model What You Want Your Children to Do
One of the easiest and most efficient ways to learn is to imitate someone else. Especially if that someone is an important person in your life. By doing those things that will increase your own intelligence and potential for success, you will at the same time, provide a path for your children to follow.
Includes Skills Tested by Current Intelligence Tests
Observing your child doing the activities in I.Q. Boosters will give you a good idea of your child's current strengths and weaknesses. It may be that your child has been tested at school, and you may already have a summary of your child's strong and weak I.Q. areas. Each I.Q. Skill Section in I.Q. Boosters refers you to the most widely used intelligence tests available today that test that area of intelligence. Those tests include: Wechsler Intelligence Tests, Stanford-Binet Intelligence Test, Slossen Intelligence Test, Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitude, Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences, and others. This enables you to easily use any test information that may be available about your child and help you initiate the most effective ways to promote his or her success.
The basic organization of I.Q. Boosters relates most to the Wechsler Intelligence Tests for Children and Adults. The children's version is often referred to as the WISC. This has been done because:
J It is the most widely used test in the United States for assessing individual learning abilities.
J Much of the research on the factors that influence intelligence refers to the Wechsler.
J It is divided into subskills that cover most of the areas recognized as important parts of intelligence.
J It is commonly used in schools to evaluate student strengths and weaknesses in learning abilities, and is a primary screening tool to determine if children qualify for various gifted and learning disability programs. Using I.Q. Boosters, parents of children who have taken these tests can build on their children's identified strengths, and overcome any weaknesses. For example, consider the following graph of one child's WISC test results. The bars represent relative strengths and weaknesses. A scaled score of 10 would be considered average for a child that age, above 10 indicates above average performance, and scores below 10 indicate below average performance. An explanation of each subtest is given in the next chapter. If this were your child's graph, what would you want to do? With IQ Boosters you can!
W.I.S.C. INTELLIGENCE TEST
Identifying & Correcting Learning Disabilities
It is important to identify early and correct as soon as possible any specific learning disabilities or weak areas in your child's I.Q. development. Corrective action is important because children and even adults often avoid interactions involving a perceived weak area, naturally leading to those skills becoming still weaker. For example, a person who feels inadequate in general knowledge may shy away from asking questions for fear of revealing his or her supposed ignorance. Thinking he or she is weak in short-term memory, a person may simply count on others for reminders and not go through the very processes that build memory skills. We all know people who consider themselves poor in math, and so shun anything involving numbers. Even if your child doesn't have the opportunity to take an intelligence test every two or three years as a checkup, you will observe first hand how he or she is doing in each I.Q. area as your family participates in fun I.Q. Booster activities.
I.Q. Development and Older Persons
We sometimes more easily see the need for I.Q. development and stimulation for young children than for older persons. When we learn that soon after birth a child's brain may discard billions of brain neurons because it evidently considers them of no use in the child's current environment, we take notice. It is easy to see dramatic results from what we do to help the young child grow and learn. We need to more fully realize the need for continued I.Q. development as we grow older. There is a decline in average test scores taken at older ages. It used to be that we considered the loss of intelligence to be a natural result of growing older, particularly after the ripe old age of twenty. We now know, though, this is because many people cease to learn and grow throughout life. It is also known that the average person in later life starts to lose about twenty percent of his or her brain neurons. Sort of reminds us of the young child's throwing away brain neurons that are not being used. The answer, of course, is to use them, and to continue to make new connections among the remaining neurons. The challenge is to continue life with a growing sense of richness and fulfillment. It is important that older people continue to develop their intelligence and talents. It is also a basic psychological need for older people to share what they have learned in life, and be part of helping younger loved ones find their own fulfillment and joy in life.
How to Use I.Q. Boosters
Each I.Q. Skill Section starts with a clear explanation of a key area of intelligence. Thirteen areas, including all twelve subtests of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children are covered. Creativity, not part of the Wechsler Test, is included because of its importance in real-life intelligence.
The areas of intelligence as organized in this book are not limited to what a particular subtest might cover on a Wechsler Test, or any other current I.Q. test. Each area is expanded and modified to cover what would be useful in real life. A test by its nature is only a narrow sample and does not pretend to cover all the ways in which intelligence effectively helps us reach goals and solve problems. I.Q. Boosters includes activities that will increase real-life capabilities as well as boost test performance.
I.Q. Skill Areas (Titles in parentheses refer to WISC subtests)
1. Verbal Information & Alertness (Information)
2. Ability to Organize & Generalize (Similarities)
3. Mental Math (Arithmetic)
4. Vocabulary (Vocabulary)
5. Practical Living Skills & Good Judgment (Comprehension)
6. Listening & Remembering Skills (Digit Span)
7. Visual Information & Alertness (Picture Completion)
8. Cause & Effect in Social Situations (Picture Arrangement)
9. Designing & Constructing with Model (Block Design)
10. Designing & Constructing without Model (Object Assembly)
11. Seeing and Remembering Skills (Coding)
12. Visual-Motor Skills (Mazes)
Ways to Schedule Activities for Greatest Results
Nothing beats the power of consistency. Make it a regular family habit to use I.Q. Boosters year after year. It is easy, just set aside four weeks for each I.Q. Skill Area. There are thirteen areas, so it will take you 52 weeks (one exact year) to go through the complete program. Do the same next year, and all the years that follow. There are so many activities from which to choose, you will always be able to try new ones along with the favorites from the past. Each section assumes this is the method you have decided to use.
If your child has already been tested on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, or any other I.Q. test, you might want to look at his or her identified strengths and weaknesses and choose particular areas of I.Q. to work on first. If your child is experiencing learning problems, ask your school for testing. He or she may qualify for valuable extra services at school to deal with any learning disabilities discovered, and in any case, you can use the results to help plan support activities at home.
A less powerful method is to do activities as you think about them. Though still valuable, it is not as effective as a continuing program because of the vast amounts of time that may go by without anything being done.
Set Up a Teaching/Learning Wall
Set aside a special bulletin board or wall to post items of interest in regard to learning and the development of intelligence. Each section of I.Q. Boosters includes a number of fun ideas on how to use your Teaching/Learning Wall to help develop that area of intelligence. Everyone in your family should regularly expect new and interesting things to appear there.
I.Q. Power Pictures and Posters
Each section starts with a Power Picture to help you quickly understand that particular area of intelligence. This is followed by a short description of needed skills. As a parent, knowing what skills are important puts you in a better position to teach them to your children. The same power pictures at the beginning of each chapter are included as Power Posters. Place a Power Poster on your refrigerator or Teaching/Learning Wall as a reminder of the skills you are concentrating on developing.
For Greatest Results - Use a WINNER Personal Success Organizer
Time management ideas can help increase intelligence. It is important to make the key interactions that promote intelligence a regular part of your everyday routines. Occasional actions have a very limited effect. Because a time management system can make key behaviors and activities regular and continuous, the potential for increasing I.Q. rises dramatically with its use! Also, a number of fun and meaningful activities can be connected to the time we spend in planning our time.
Learning Success publishes one of the best time management planners available today. It is the only time management planner specifically developed for families and especially designed to enhance relationships, promote personal development, and increase learning power in children and adults. You will find additional information about the WINNER Personal Success Organizer and a convenient order form at the back of your book. As you and your children use your WINNER Personal Success Organizer, all areas important to your success are put into effect to help you achieve your goals and develop your abilities. Although many parents have less time with their children than in generations past, the quality of that time can now be significantly increased.
Each I.Q. Skill Section explains how to use your WINNER Personal Success Organizer to develop that key area of intelligence. If you are currently using another time management system, you might want to change to a WINNER as soon as convenient. You can also obtain some of the special WINNER sections individually, which can dramatically increase the power of your current time management system. If you decide not to use a formal time management program, you can include many of the ideas if you schedule some time each day to think and plan how the day should be used to the best advantage.
Other Habits and Real-Life Activities
The right habits can be your rocket to success. Like a rocket, a habit takes considerable effort to get off the ground, but when established, requires little or no energy to continue. I.Q. Boosters clearly explains a number of habits and everyday activities to develop each area of intelligence. Most of them take no extra time, and are only slight modifications of what you do now. Did you know that even how you answer the telephone could boost or lower your children's I.Q.? (Parents who tend to give a bit of information along with their directives, have brighter children. Example: Please be quiet because I'm on the phone and I need to hear.)
Use Your Encyclopedia as an I.Q. Booster
Each I.Q. Section explains ways to use your family encyclopedia to increase I.Q. The New Book of Knowledge was selected as the example to be used in this book because of its excellence and suitability for children as well as adults. The illustrations are the best available, and the encyclopedia contains hundreds of interesting activities to go along with many of the areas of learning covered by I.Q. Boosters. If you own a different encyclopedia, look up similar articles to the ones suggested.
Games that Teach I.Q. Skills
Hundreds of games have been carefully selected, modified, or invented to develop specific I.Q. skills. The games are fun, and will provide years of enjoyment members of your family will remember throughout their lives. Once your children know the games, they will play them often by themselves or with friends as part of their regular play times.
Hi Q Parties
It is easy to hold a Hi Q party. Simply invite your children's friends over for a fun time playing I.Q. Booster games. Serve a treat at the end. Interested parents could take turns hosting the parties.
The activities and games in I.Q. Boosters are designed to build self-esteem and confidence. Make it a habit to cheer each other on. Your family should often use and hear words such as:
Way to go!
You are special!
I knew you could do it!
Now you're flying!
Hurray for you!
You're on your way!
Good for you!
You must be proud!
Nothing can stop you now!
You're a Winner!
You've discovered the secret!
You've figured it out!
That's the best yet!
Extended Family Involvement
Get grandparents and other close relatives positively involved in your children's well-being. Their interest and support are valuable. Encourage them to ask about each child's interests, successes, and experiences. Invite them to participate in some of the activities and games included in I.Q. Boosters.
Learning Success Support Groups
Join a Learning Success support group. Get together with other interested parents and share family success ideas, invite guest speakers, or take turns holding Hi Q parties. Write Learning Success, P.O. Box 9805, San Jose CA 95157, for an active group in your area. If there isn't one, we will send you some information and materials on how to start one. Also, be an active participant in our website at http://www.learningsuccess.com.
The Sooner You Start, The Greater The Benefit
Small differences make big differences over time. Because of the positive compounding effect of booster-type actions, even as little as a 6% increase in learning rate can add a 4-YEAR ADVANTAGE in ten years. The younger your children, the more time you have to directly contribute to their development, and the greater your contribution can be. If you have a five-year-old child, you have thirteen years until he or she is eighteen. Another factor is that the younger your children, the greater percentage of time each day is under your control and influence, but as children grow older, influences out of the home take on greater proportion. When is the best time to start? Before your children are born, or as soon after as possible. Whatever the age of your children, time is a diminishing resource, so you need to start now.
Summary of Key Ideas
J Your family has incredible power to increase I.Q.
J You can teach your children anything you clearly understand and consider important.
J Enriched home experiences over time increases brain capacity.
J Powerful tools can leverage your I.Q. to higher levels.
J Your family deserves the best tools and information on developing I.Q. research can provide.
J A time management system makes increasing your I.Q. continuous.
J Slight modifications of common, everyday activities can result in constant I.Q. improvement.
J Acquiring key habits can increase I.Q. dramatically.
J Your family encyclopedia is a tremendous resource in developing I.Q.
J Fun games can create ideal learning conditions and challenges to build specific I.Q. skills.
J Building self-esteem and confidence is a key objective and result of using I.Q. Boosters.
J Grandparents and other relatives can play an important and satisfying role in developing the success of your family.
J Join with other interested parents and support each other's efforts.
J To make the greatest difference in your own life and that of your children, you need to start now.
Take Note of Success Experiences and Ideas
Confidence is built upon a memory of past successes. Recording them will help you remember them. Also, unless you write down valuable ideas as you think of them, they are most often forgotten. Write about your success experiences and ideas in the space below. If you would like to share them with others, and also find out other families' experiences and ideas, send yours to us at http://www.learningsuccess.com. Periodically, we will send a summary to everyone who has contributed.
© Copyright, Learning Success 1995
Personal comments by the author
I made a lifelong commitment to gather this research and translate it into terms parents could easily understand and apply in their daily lives with their families. One of my first discoveries was that much of the research on the development of intelligence refers to habits or ways parents interact daily with their children. The best way to develop new habits is through daily exposure and effort. What better way to provide that daily exposure than the cereal box that sits on the table each morning? I contacted the Quaker Oat Company and showed them the potential benefit of including those parent habits on their Life Cereal boxes. It made history. They received more favorable mail on that program than anything else they had ever done. The readership estimate was over twenty million a month. Because of the success of that program, I was also asked to do a program for their King Vitaman cereal. Children wrote in about their learning problems, and I prepared programs for the backs of the cereal boxes, filled with games and strategies to develop those particular learning areas. We received large boxes of mail each month from children, parents, and teachers throughout the United States. The programs continued for several years, and I still run into people who express appreciation for it.
I continued my research, and published Reading Games for School Success, Writing Games for School Success, and Math Games for School Success. Each book includes an explanation of the skills children need to master at each grade level from preschool through junior high, quick tests to determine current skill levels, and fun games to develop each skill. These books give parents the tools they need to give their children a great advantage in learning.
Year after year, I continued doing research and tried out various techniques and games with families and students. I found that often a simple family activity could make a huge difference in student success if continued over a period of time. Hundreds of activities and games were gathered or invented, tried out, and modified. Each activity or game had to be usable in the home without expensive purchases and with little or no preparation time. The games also had to include dynamics and factors that increase intelligence. Parents and children do not need to be experts in learning theory, they just need to enjoy fun games and meaningful activities.
I believe that as we encourage our children to reach the ideal in themselves, we will reach it in our own lives as well. A shop is a place where a particular kind of work is done. In your home, part of that work will be to build life opportunities for each member. My wishes for you and your family is that your home, in a significant way, be a great Lifeshop!
Brent R. Evans