Children learn by observing their surroundings, environment, society(people around them).
If you like to educate or train them, then you should follow those things. There is a popular saying, "Preach what you practice". Parents are their first teachers, they learn habits from the home. Start with basic hygiene, good manners, daily healthy routine. If they get disciplined on the basics then become 'Smart' is no-brainier.
Once they get habituated with the basics of good habits, then work on their memory, agility.
All of these will eventually make them 'Smart' physically and mentally.
An intelligent kid with no respect or bad manners is of no use, no would like him. Being 'Smart' should be viewed as overall growth and development of the children. To reiterate again, books alone won't help educate children, parents play a vital role in shaping the future of their children.
I have been teaching for many years. Well the first thing is to let them think, when they are thinking, they can understand and unlock many different ways to deal with different situations in their life.
Give them more hard situations to face that we know that they can deal with. I don't agree with parents on being too strict with their kids as this would limit their brain into thinking that, the world is full of walls and there are many barriers to pass through before they can actually succeeding independently on tasks.
Give them more responsibilities. This would challenge their minds to really think of how they can really deal with difficult situations in life. Socializing and networking is really important for a child to develop their understanding of various areas more quickly. Peer to peer help is a useful way for kids to learn fast.
Give them more visual aids which would let them easily remember the different terms that they would be learning. Children learn faster when they have pictures to see what the thing is about. If a teacher can explain to the students in a way, which is easy for the student to understand then it would stir up some interest.
Show them how to have a great time
Keep in mind their taking in won't all originate from books and teachers. You will continually need to help yourself about the significance to remember having a decent equalization in their life.
Ensure they realize how to learn
take note of, this one will be the most hard to ace. Also, when you think they have it down, another innovation will tag along to add access to more data. None-the-less, they will go through their time on earth on this one, so you should begin at the earliest opportunity.
Ensure they can think uniquely
Ensure they can investigate new thoughts without bringing the old thoughts in the interest of personal entertainment. Never dismiss thoughts since you won't concur with them. Look at and think about contemplations previously putting them aside. Emerge to be heard.
Instruct them to be interested about everything
This is the place the great inquiries are required. This is additionally a key hotspot for their learning.
Good question. I think that any child, unless limited by a serious genetic developmental illness, can be considered smart (by traditional standards). And even though being smart can be a subjective appreciation with ramification that go from being witty and fast thinking to being clean and well-dressed. In general terms we understand someone as smart if they show intelligence, “the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.”
So, if physically, the child has no limitations to acquire knowledge and skills, the tricky part may be to teach that child to apply what s/he has acquired. Of course, if the child is gifted, we may just have to sit and watch.
I think that the key to educate children to develop the kind of smart the question alludes to (if I am reading it correctly) lies in helping them be self-reliant. There are some basic tools we may provide children to help them develop thinking or physical skills, but if we don’t teach them to trust themselves, their capacities and their instincts, it will be very hard for them to be smart (beyond traditional assumptions).
Thus, loving our children, giving them affection and care is the first step towards making them smart. If they can feel valuable, talented, and emotionally stable, the sky is the limit to what they can accomplish academically. Providing them with tools to develop their critical thinking skills will be the complement. Material tools are also valuable, but even in remote areas, where technology or school supplies are not available, children can developed into smart people with whatever they have available since part of definition is also the capacity to apply what is learned and solve problems.
I remember when I was little people consider children smart if they could read and write at early age, also if they could memorize things. If on top of that you could solve some math problems, then you were a genius. Any child can memorize stuff and recite it back. The hard part, the thing that will separate them from the crowd and make them really intelligent or smart is the understanding of whatever it was they were asked to memorize. If they can understand the contents of any teaching, if they can summarize it, analyze it and draw their conclusions about it as to whether or not they can apply what has been learned and to what purpose, then we can say the kid is being smart.
In the town I grew up, there were other kinds of smarts/intelligences that were for the most part overlooked because their definition was circumscribed to the school setting. There were kids who were very good at climbing trees and getting fruits, at finding lost things in the forest, especially our way back home. They learned basic survival techniques from their parents or grandparents and they learned to apply that knowledge in their daily life. Most of what was taught was done in situ, it was practical teaching and learning. It was not enough to memorize the names of poisonous plants or snakes, you had to be able to recognize them and know what to do about it depending on the circumstances. Thus, we know there is school and street (or forest) smart.
In terms of academic training, one of the main steps children have to take is language. They need to learn to deal with it. They can be taught to be curious about every word they utter so that they can understand the implications of using those words. Many times children recite school assignments without knowing the meanings of most words they are saying. Therefore, there is zero learning. That information will disappear as soon as it is not required by school.
When children develop the interest and ability to dig into words and contrast those words with the real world and how they work in it, they will have moved a step ahead. Then, we can move to curiosity about related facts. It our pre-Internet past, it took a lot of work to compile information for research. Now, it is at your finger tips. Kids can understand information better if they can expand on whatever assignment they have at hand (either for school or for daily life). If they learn that a certain event happened in a country called Venezuela, for instance, but they do not even know where Venezuela is located or what language is spoken there, the information will just be a fragment, useful to some extent, but just a piece of a puzzle. If we teach children to try to get as many pieces of the puzzles as possible, then their vision of the picture will be better, increasingly clearer.
If we can teach children to know the difference between cause and effect, that will help them tremendously to make sense of what they learn as concepts or facts. If they can dissect information in the same way they dissect a leaf or an insect and see their constitutive part and how they connect and interact, they can easily develop insight and understanding. Finally, if we can teach them to be humble and open-minded that will make them not just smart, but great men and women.