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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #3 Issue #05
ISSN: 0219-7642 Dec 03, 2004
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" Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone
Some readers wrote to me questioning whether I'm going to quit publishing BrainyZine
after doing this for two years now. Well, if my little sacrifices can inspire someone
to be a better parent, then I'll continue to do this. See, you just received the latest
Little sacrifices. Big sacrifices. A mother works so her son can go to
school. A daughter moves home to take care of her sick father....
Sacrifice is a part of life. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret and it's
something to aspire to. You too, I truly believe, have made some sacrifices for someone
precious in your life. So, give yourself a pat on the back......;-)
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How to Raise a Child with a Caring Spirit?
Answer: With self-esteem and caring deeds.
There are a number of checklists to identify gifted children, identification
is an easy task --- comparatively. But how should one maintain that the
"giftedness" continues to "grow" in the child.
p/s. keep in mind that this is regarding Indian children
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
to maintain and grow giftedness in children here.
My daughter is 3 years and 9 months old. Since about a year ago she has
displayed a great deal of artistic talent (at 2 yrs 9 months old she was
drawing people with arms and legs and naming them). She draws pictures and
labels them specifically, often asking how to spell
the word so she can write it on the paper. Today she drew a "couch and
chair" which was a striking resemblance of a chair at home, complete with
the light that sits behind it.
What type of assessment would you recommend for a child demonstrating
artistic ability at her age?
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Artistic Creativity in Children here.
Stand Up for Your Gifted Child: How to Make the Most of Kids' Strengths at School and at Home
By Joan F. Smutny
What does it mean when your child seems "average" at school but brilliant at home? What
if your son has a talent–and a learning difference that hides it? You know that your
daughter has extraordinary potential in math, but her teacher ignores it. What can you
If you think your gifted child isn't getting the education he or she needs, this book is
for you. It helps you recognize your child's gifts, understand his or her problems at
school, find out your district's policy on gifted education, explore various options
(pull-out programs, acceleration, grade skipping, clustering, etc.), communicate
effectively with the school and district, and provide enrichment at home.
The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child
By Sally Yahnke Walker, Ph. D, Caryn Pernu
You'll learn what giftedness is (and isn't), what makes gifted kids so special, how kids
are identified as gifted, and why some kids fall through the cracks during the identification
process. You'll discover encouraging practical tips for living with your gifted child and
handling the endless questions, high energy, and too-smart mouth that often go along with
You'll find out how to keep from raising a "nerd," how to prevent perfectionism, and when
to get help. And you'll learn how to advocate for your child's education at school and in
Poor Childhood Nutrition Tied to Behavior Problems
Reuters News Dec 1, 2004
Study findings suggest that poor early-life nutrition may cause deficits in brain
function that predispose children to problems such as hyperactivity and aggression
later on, the study's lead author, Dr. Jianghong Liu, told Reuters Health.
Dietary Doctor Says "Feed Problem Child More Fat"
PRWeb Aug 16, 2004
Dr. Udo Erasmus, author of the book, "Fats That Heal Fats That Kill", says many
behavioral disorders -- even Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder -- are classic
symptoms of essential fatty acid deficiencies, and can be successfully treated
simply by adding fat-and-oil-rich foods or supplements to the diet.
How would increasing your child's intake of essential fatty acids (EFAs) lift his or
her mood and improve mental performance? Read more here....
Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defect: Expert
News Today Nov 29, 2004
Recent studies have revealed the fact that folic acid proves an important catalyst
for the development of the child's brain and other faculties, if the patients start
taking it before pregnancy.
New Technology Helps Children with Learning and Performance
PRWeb Oct 21, 2004
Interactive Metronome‚ (IM), a computer-based technology to improve timing, focus
and concentration. IM training combines the principles of the traditional, music
metronome with the power of a computer to precisely measure and improve human
Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain
Journal July 21, 2004
When researchers studied the brains of Romanian orphans - children who had been left
to cry in their cots from birth and denied any chance of forming close bonds with an
adult - they found a "virtual black hole" where the orbitofrontal cortex
should have been. This is the part of the brain that enables us to manage our
emotions, to relate sensitively to other people, to experience pleasure and to
The genius of the genome (Book Review)
The Globe and Mail Nov 27, 2004
But having received his PhD from MIT at the tender age of 23, Marcus is clearly a
man destined to play in the Big Science League. Being born with a complex brain does
not mean that the newborn's brain is hardwired, Marcus says, only prewired. Nature
was smart enough to evolve a newborn brain prewired for certain things, but still
flexible enough to adapt its architecture to new conditions.
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