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Volume #5 Issue #1
ISSN: 0219-7642 Sep 3, 2006
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I want to do something different in this issue. I'm not going to
feature any articles on parenting; instead I'm featuring articles
that hopefully will touch your heart and soul. Have you ever felt an
inner thirst for something? Maybe you don't have a name for it, but
you 'just' know that something is missing in your life, or that
there has to be something more than what you are experiencing now.
Perhaps you feel that your thirst is for happiness, or love, or
inner peace, or fulfillment or joy?
"Within you is the most amazing feeling you can possibly imagine.
All that you look for, that you have looked for all your life, has
always been right inside of you. When you can look inside, you will
find the joy that you have always desired. This is a gift you have."
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Work With Joy
By Ramu Jaladurgam
Deep within each of us is immeasurable joy - joy so profound and
exhilarating that mere words are inadequate to describe its awesome
nature. It is interesting to note we seldom allow ourselves to
experience this level of joy. "Why?" You might ask.
By Robert Peterson
Everything that we experience in this life teaches us something.
Sometimes tragedy can remind us what matters most in life.
What are the causes of mentally gifted child?
A: It has been widely agreed that both
genetics and environment play a role in determining giftedness, but
their relative importance is still being debated. Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
What Makes Giftedness?
My 11 year old son, a 5th grader, received a Cognitive Skills Index
(CSI) score of 137 on the Terra Nova national standardized test
taken last October. His total nonverbal score was 98, total verbal
score 91. Could he possibly be gifted? He possesses many of the
characteristics of a "gifted" child. Should I have him tested? If
so, what testing do you recommend?
A: The TerraNova is an achievement test
which some schools may use to screen students for the gifted
program. From the scores alone, it may be unjust to determine
potential giftedness ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
TerraNova Test to Determine Giftedness here.
Our county here in Florida offers a gifted program starting in 3rd
grade. The way to get in is to score a 130 or higher on their IQ
test. Our 2nd grade son is very bright. They tested his IQ and he
scored a 116. This score will not get him into the gifted program,
where we feel he belongs to get the challenge he needs in all areas.
My question is whether we should push the administrators to look at
achievement in the class over the IQ test scores to get him into
this program, or is he just a bright student and not gifted?
A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Enrolment in the Gifted Program
Our now 7 year old son (1st grade) was given certain subtests of the
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (basic reading, spelling, and
reading comprehension) when he was 5 because he had been reading
since he was 3 and we wanted to assess his reading level before he
started kindergarten .....However, we sometimes think that he could be
challenged more. Should we let him be or should we be looking into
private schools and/or outside enrichment programs?
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Enrichment programs for the Gifted
Creativity in the Classroom: Schools of Curious Delight
By Alane Jordan Starko
This book incorporates important aspects of creativity into
daily activity of classroom life and theory regarding
creativity. The current edition has added material on
current applications of brain research to creativity.
The brains behind creativity
USAToday.com Aug 27, 2006
To nurture creativity in children is to read with your child every
day, to emphasize diverse topics of study, to encourage curiosity
and to get children interested in music.
The Other IQ: Imagination Quotient Boosts Children's Chance for a Promising Future
Yahoo.com Aug 23, 2006
As a new school year begins, one of the most important things
parents can do to prepare their children for a successful year is
help boost their "Other IQ" or Imagination Quotient, says Dr. Robert
J. Sternberg, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Tufts University. Dr.
Sternberg is lead author of a new study based out of Yale University
that reveals that creativity substantially improves a young person's
Childhood Obesity May Result In Lower IQ Scores
FoxNews.com Aug 31, 2006
Children who are very obese by age four may be more likely to have
lower I.Q. scores, a new study shows. The findings are preliminary,
but, "It just raises a red flag," Daniel J. Driscoll, MD, PhD, tells WebMD.
Sleep Apnea - Children with untreated Severe OSA have Lower IQ
BestSyndication.com Aug 23, 2006
The children with severe obstructive sleep apnea had an average
score of 85 while the children that did not have OSA scored 101. The
verbal working memory standardized test showed the children with OSA
were 8 compared with those without at 15.
Too smart for their own good
Newsday.com Aug 20, 2006
A pair of new books explain that it's not all child's play for
gifted children, no matter what age they are.
Gifted kids can talk early or late
ocregister.com Aug 30, 2006
This is in regards to the sister-in-law/teacher who says that a
toddler who is an early talker is a gifted child. I would like to
know what college or schooling she had that she hasn't heard of
Albert Einstein. I wonder if anyone warned Albert Einstein's parents
that he might not be gifted.
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