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Volume #5 Issue #3
ISSN: 0219-7642 Oct 1, 2006
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My wife and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last Friday. "How
do I know if I married the right person?" a common question
asked by many people. With only 10 years of marriage, I'm not in the
position to answer that question. My wife and I met each other
almost two decades ago. I think it probably helps us a great deal
that we were friends for very long before we got married. And I
believe every relationship has a cycle. First, you fall in love and
that's an easy and spontaneous experience. But after a few years of
marriage, the euphoria of love fades and you will notice a dramatic
difference between the initial stage when you were in love. Then,
you may start asking, "Did I marry the right person?".
Love changes shape along with life, it never stays the same. This is
what I have read somewhere, "The key to succeeding in marriage is
NOT finding the right person, it's learning to love the person you
found ". It is probably impossible to 'find' lasting love. We just
have to 'make' it day in and day out. That's why we have the
expression 'The Labor of Love' and it takes time, effort and energy.
You have a great week ahead.
Thought for today:
" Romance is the fuel that keeps love burning hot "
- Rusty Silvey
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Is It Good to Be Gifted? Optimal IQ and the Flipside to Giftedness
By David Palmer, Ph.D
Is it good to be a gifted? This may sound like a strange question -
of course being gifted is good... isn't it? It's true that kids who
score higher on IQ tests will have an advantage academically.
So there's definitely an upside to being gifted. But how gifted do
kids need to be to reap these benefits -- and is there a flipside to
having a high IQ? Read more here....
Describe a good classroom organization and learning environment for gifted children.
A: What is most important is a Differentiated Instruction,
which is indeed a continuous process of learning about
students' needs and interests and using that knowledge to
guide instruction. Here, teachers need to use their
knowledge of students to determine how content can be
presented, appropriate activities, and to guide students in
demonstrating what they have learned based on their
individual capabilities. Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Learning Environment for Gifted Children
Hi, I am from Singapore and was very happy to run into your
website. My child took WISC4 normed against US children when
he was 7. Reason was he had withdrawal problems when he
entered P1 and after months of consideration I decided to
have him assessed. He is now turning 9. He took it in one
single sitting for 2.5 hours and this is the breakdown: VC
126, PR 137, WM 129, PS 109. FSIQ 133....
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Accuracy of IQ Test here.
I recently spoke to my daughter's teacher who wanted to talk to me
before submitting her name for testing to the gifted program at her
school. My daughter has been a hard nut to crack since she started
to school. Her first grade teacher thought she might have a learning
disability because she was so inconsistent in her work. Some days
she would have no problem with anything put in front of her and
other days she would not be able to do anything.....
A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Testing for Giftedness for a Bad Test-taker
Our daughter who has a September birthday began the Terra Nova test
11 days after her 8th birthday. Would the CSI score (because it is
normed by age rather than grade) be affected by this testing date?
Specifically, if the testing had been before her birthday would this
A: Logically speaking, your
daughter's scores could possibly be lower than her peers
born earlier. Research has indicated that test score
variation by quarter occurs after children begin school,
which is the case for your daughter, which is not true for
very young children. For very young children, there is no
evidence that birth quarter affects test scores. Continue to
read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
The Possibility of Lower Scores Based on Birth Quarter
Parents' Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education: All you need to know to make the right decisions for your child
By David Palmer, Ph.D.
This book is written specifically for parents who need to
understand gifted testing and gifted programming so that
they can make informed decisions for their children.
If your child is being tested for a gifted program, or if
you're just trying to understand what gifted education is
all about, you need information. This book gives those with
little or no background in IQ testing and gifted education a
close look at how the system of screening, testing, and
programming really works.
The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia (Kingfisher First Reference) (Library Binding)
By John Farndon, Jon Kirkwood
From A for Aardvark to Z for Zebra, this book is an informative and entertaining reference covering a host of domestic and
wild animals. Special interactive projects will inspire young minds, while superb illustrations and vivid
photographs introduce children to an array of creatures, including all the main animal groups - birds, insects,
reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. This is the ideal first-stop encyclopedia for all children who are ready to
take a journey into the amazing animal kingdom.
Why music lessons are good for the memory?
TimesOnline Sep 20, 2006
Learning to play an instrument may affect the way in which a young
brain develops. Music lessons may improve memory and learning
ability in young children by promoting different patterns of brain
development, a study shows.
Ottawa Citizen Sep 29, 2006
Lesley Ansell-Shepherd doesn’t know how it happened, but 18 years
ago she gave birth to a marine biologist. So clever is this nascent
explorer and scientist that he graduated high school a year early,
and is now taking second- and third-year courses in biology at the
University of Victoria, one year ahead of other students his age.
Non-verbal communication good sign for babies
CommunityPress.com Sep 21, 2006
Garrett is only 11 months old, yet he can tell his parents when he
is hungry or thirsty, when he wants to read a book, or if he has an
earache. How can he communicate at such an early age? Because his
parents took things into their own hands, quite literally, and
attended a training workshop that teaches sign language to the
parents of hearing babies and toddlers.
Prenatal vitamins may reduce brain cancer
United Press International Sep 21, 2006
Women who take multivitamins early in pregnancy may reduce the risk
that their child will develop some types of brain tumors, a U.S. study finds.
Kids can't study, groove at same time
Bradenton Herald Sep 16, 2006
A recent study shows the ruckus of such multitasking may make them
learn less, and to use the wrong parts of their brains to store
The fats of Life
Nevadaappeal.com Sep 22, 2006
The most critical years for a child to learn about nutrition are from birth to 8 years old, with parents
"the gatekeepers" of teaching children the difference between what's healthy and what's not.
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