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Volume #4 Issue #10
ISSN: 0219-7642 Feb 05, 2006
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Have you wondered how the kids today can do homework while surfing the Internet and watching
TV all at the same time? A new study of 8 – 18 year olds by Kaiser Family Foundation classified
them as always wired to media, a.k.a 'Generation M'. Another study shows that the multi-tasking
nature of these tech-savvy kids in effect will lower their IQ! Media can offer vast learning
opportunities as much as it could distract children from learning. As a parent, our kids' exposure
should be controlled. Like in everything, moderation is the key.
While we are on the topic on media, a casting producer at the BBC
contacted me via email. She is looking for children of all
backgrounds and personalities from across the US to film a video diary of their lives. This new
TV program for TLC is called 'My Life as a Child'. The documentary series aims to capture American
life through the eyes of 7-11 year-olds. They will train the kids to use the camera and then give
them the freedom to decide what to film and what to discuss! If you are interested, you can contact
the casting producer Claresa Mandola via email:
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Ten Steps for Tapping Into Your Child's Imagination
By Alan Haskvitz
Does gifted child follow directions well and be motivated by making A's?
A: Find Dr. Sandhu's answer on
6 different types of giftedness
I am a mother of a very bright boy who is now 4,5, and we’re living
in Sweden. He is very curious boy and also very advanced in his
development compared to other children of his age. My son has always
been interested in numbers, patterns, letters and more. By the age
of 2 he could count to twenty in both Swedish and English, build
80-pieces puzzles, knew the whole alphabet, shapes and colors. By
the time he was 3.5 he taught himself how to read .... Should I try
to keep him stimulated when at home? Should I put him in school one
year ahead? Do you have some ideas on good activities for his age?
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
stimulation for the gifted children
My son is 5 and 2 months. The school are I feel heading down
the route of diagnosing dyspraxia based on the fact that he
has no dominant hand for writing and his writing is large
and messy and poor drawing skills.....
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Dyspraxia and High Ability
Using the version of the development checklists from the
abridged DDST, Singapore, my daughter has exceeded that required of a
24 months old when she was only 16 months old. In fact, she
is able to hit the milestones for the age group of 2-4 years old since she was
20 months old. Currently, she has already achieved some of the milestones
listed for the 4-6 years old age group....Is she considered a gifted child? If yes, what type of
activities should I involve her in?
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Activities for the Gifted Child
My 9 year old girl is the poster child for ADHD in most things,
especially academics. She is inattentive, impulsive, forgetful and
very disorganized. But, somehow when it comes to a subject she loves, such as
art, she is completely opposite! She is calm, completely
detailed, and perfectly focused. She has an amazing sense
for well organized thoughtful composition and emotional
expression. Not long ago, a university professor saw some of
her artwork and felt very strongly that she is a natural prodigy of
art and that I should seriously be getting her into programs for the
gifted aside from her regular schooling. Are extracurricular "advanced"
programs really such a good idea at her age?....
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Advance program for gifted ADHD
Questions for Kids: A Book to Discover a Child's Imagination and Knowledge
This collection of 1,000 stimulating questions is designed
to inspire young minds. Questions such as What is the most
important part of your body? What would you do if you were
scared of someone at school? Does skin color make people
smart or dumb? serve as catalysts for thought-provoking
discussions between adults and children.
Self-discipline, not IQ, best key to academic success
Detroit News Jan 22, 2006
Teaching students to see benefits of long-range sacrifices will
boost achievement, experts say.
Child's height linked to intellectual development
Reuter UK Jan 20, 2005
Children who are short for their age may perform more poorly on
tests of intelligence than their taller peers, a new study suggests.
The findings, say researchers, imply that some environmental factors
may negatively affect both early childhood height and mental
Turn your kids into maths geniuses!
Hindustan Times Feb 4, 2006
Often, the answer is ready as soon as the question is completed.
And, this is not just about quickie two digit sums but adding 20
digits or multiplying four-five digits in seconds. All thanks to the
UCMAS (Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic System) taught at its
master franchise Abacus Educational System with the use of, what
else, but the abacus - a mathematics tool created 2000 years ago.
Preventing Overweight Kids
Christianity Today Feb 1, 2006
MOMSense writer Linda Mintle, Ph.D., offers advice to mothers on how
to shape their children's meals to keep them at a healthy weight,
free of the problems obesity poses to their well-being.
Mozart makes baby Einsteins
Echo Online Feb 1, 2006
During their first years, infants' brain growth is rapid and
significant. With a stimulating musical environment, children lay
brain pathways that enhance their potential for future musical
understanding and growth.
New Study Shows that Diets Rich in Omega-3s are Essential for Expecting Moms
Yahoo! News Jan 31, 2006
A new study by NIH researcher Joseph Hibbeln has found that omega-3
fatty acids taken by pregnant women have a discernible positive
effect on the mental and social development of their children. The
study, presented by Dr. Hibbeln in London, was recently featured in
Staying sound is no child's play
ChannelNewsAsia Jan 24, 2006
Although children of the same age group may display similar
behaviour and abilities, their physical and mental abilities and
social behaviour develop at their own pace. For instance, some
children may make progress in one area of study such as reading or
writing, while making little or no progress in maths. Even within
families, one sibling may be an extrovert, while the other may be shy.
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