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Volume #3 Issue #09
ISSN: 0219-7642 Feb 04, 2005
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My eldest son is in Primary 1 (or Grade 1 in some countries) for about a month now.
I just attended his school's parent-meet-teacher session last week. I was very glad
to confirm that his school emphasized a less exam, a less homework and a hands-on
learning environment. Basically, it is an educational system that just letting a
child to learn and enjoy his time in school. That's pretty much my requirements when
choosing a school for my son - no brand name school and a principal that only cares
about student's exam result. However, no educational system will be perfect without
the supplementary effort from the parents. We play an important role in shaping our
children's education too. So, make sure we do our part as a good
and inspired teacher at home. See you
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or Increase in IQ Scores
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu
The Souls of Your Children
By Margaret Paul
Is there any kind of organization which patronage the gifted
children. any kind of development programs especially for them? If
yes, could you be so kind to inform their addresses. Thank you.
A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Associations for Gifted Children here!
I have a little girl who has just turned 4. She has been reading short
sentences fluently for the past 8 months even though she couldn't speak
much English until she was 2 and a half .She has somehow learned how to write
all the number up to 1000 and she can add up numbers in her head. She has
just surprised us by writing whole sentences quite accurately. She has a
fantastic memory. Her teacher tells me that she is miles ahead of everybody
else but I don't think she knows what to do about it. What should I do? How
can I help her without putting her off? Is she too young to be tested? Is
perhaps her ability not that rare? Please help.
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
how to raise a gifted Child here
Story Block Book: Tad's Counting Farm
Recommended Age: 6 months - 2 years
This truly interactive first book combines block play with music and animal
sounds that encourage exploration and discover! Baby can join in the reading
fun while developing motor skills and learning about cause and effect.
LeapPad Plus Writing and Microphone
Recommended Age: 4 - 8 years
This System teaches fundamental reading skills, plus writing and math! Use the dual-function, interactive Magic Pencil to switch from writing mode to non-writing mode, and you can sound out letters and words, read stories AND write!
Dr. Anjan Chatterjee Confronts Brain Boosters
IndoLink Jan 31, 2005
Consider the use of brain boosting drugs, otherwise known as neurotherapeutics or Cosmetic Neurology in current parlance. "That is coming, and we need to know it's coming," says Chatterjee, referring to what many consider the next frontier in specialty medicine where doctors not only try to protect ailing brains, but also may extend their efforts to normal brains. Chatterjee sees it as medicine that
"makes bodies and brains function better by modulating motor, cognitive, and affective
It's 'B' kind to fetal-development week
The Washington Times Jan 24, 2005
Folic acid is a B-vitamin necessary for proper cell growth, and it particularly helps an unborn child's neutral tube
- the part that becomes the brain and spinal cord - develop properly. These birth defects happen in the earliest days of pregnancy
- around day 11 - long before a woman finds out that she is expecting. "That is why we recommend that all women of childbearing years take folic acid daily, whether they intend to become pregnant or not," Mr. Cordero
Building Your Baby's Brain
Modern Mom Feb 3, 2005
Although well meaning parents are buying brain-building toys, videos and computer programs in record numbers, parents need to first think about building the brain from the inside.
"Important brain growth occurs during pregnancy and the first few years of life".
Caesareans may increase babies' allergy risk
The Guardian Oct 21, 2004
Researchers had found that children who born by caesarean were twice as likely to be sensitive
to cows' milk and other allergens as those born naturally.
Too much TV could be harmful to babies
The Register-Guard Jan 24, 2005
New parents are getting mixed messages about what's best for baby's rapidly developing brain.
On the one hand, marketers of a burgeoning set of videos and DVDs aimed at the drooling set
suggest their products can help Junior learn colors, shapes - even provide a foundation for
foreign language - at a very young age.
On the other hand, pediatricians, buttressed by new research that links early television
exposure with attention problems later in childhood, advise parents not to let babies watch
any television for at least the first year of life, and preferably not until they're age 2.
Reading fundamental to learning
The Leaf Chronicle Feb 1, 2005
"Research has shown that reading to children is the most important thing an adult can do to
prepare a child for future academic success," the University of Tennessee Extension Service
Web site states.
"It's all about brain development," says Jean Nichols, children's services supervisor at the
Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library.
Preschool, is it for your family?
Charlotte Observer Jan 24, 2005
Experts estimate that at least 75 percent of all children will have some sort of preschool
experience, including day care, before they start kindergarten.
But is it all worth it? Is preschool even necessary? Does it provide a jumpstart to
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