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ISSN: 0219-7642 Jan 6, 2013
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Greetings and best wishes for the great New Year! Let all your parenting dreams and aspirations
come true in 2013. A New Year is a good time to set goals for the year. Surely, you must have your
New Year's resolutions with you. What about your children and did you help them to create one?
Nothing could be exciting and thrilling than creating a list of goals, design a foolproof goal
setting process and start working on it.
Just as adults create a list of resolutions, children too should
write down some and try to become successful. A simple list of
resolutions and goals will go a long way to make your children
productive and enterprising. A simple resolution could be creating a
plan for getting best grades throughout the year. Alternatively,
another resolution could relate to discipline and punctuality. There
are hundreds of special resolutions for children, designed and
created to enrich and improve their lives. Help them to write down
some and create a plan to make those resolutions a reality at the
end of the year. All the best.
Thought for today:
"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." - Oprah Winfrey
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The Importance of Goal Setting for Children
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Goal Setting for Young Children - Teaching Children the Basics of Goal Setting
Goal setting for young children involves a series of steps and processes,
where each one of them link to the other and every step leads a little degree of success. In the end,
all these steps work together to ensure maximum success, contentment and satisfaction. Read the article
to learn more.
Q1: Hello, I have serial questions
which are interconnected.
What are the symptoms of the severe under-challenge for an exceptionally
gifted person (19 years old, who never had any acceleration because
"staying with age mates is better." nor supporting family environment)?
What may be the solution(s) to continue study even after two successive dropouts?
It is possible to an exceptionally or profoundly gifted to have growing
bad schools results....
A: You do appear to be pretty sure that
you are highly gifted; have you been tested? Or did someone identify
your gifts? Now, the worst thing that can happen to a gifted
individual is not being recognised since that would lead to not
being given the proper challenge and stimulation that is crucial for
their learning needs. Accrelation would have worked as you may have
been given a chance from your letter but it appears that someone
significant decided that it was better to stay with age mates.....
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Some Issues on Unrecognised Gifts here.
Q2: My son is in grade 6, just turned
11 yrs old and has just joined a gifted program in public school in
September. He was in a private school before then where he was
always the top of his class. His prior teachers all identified him
gifted since nursery and they all have been great in understanding
his thirst for learning and his love of reading. When I got him
tested earlier this year he scored in the very superior region in
the 99.5th and 99.7th percentiles, with GAI in the 99.7th percentile,
on the WISC IV test (we live in Canada)....
A: His scores on the WISC-IV indicates that he is in the superior range.
However, I am a little puzzled that he is given the GAI (General Ability
Index) score instead of the FSIQ (Full Scale IQ). The GAI score only
considers the VCI (verbal comprehension index) and the PRI (perceptual
reasoning index). For the Full Scale IQ, all 10 subtests are required to
calculate the FSIQ and the four Index scores are included in the
standard battery.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Gifted With a Possible Learning Concern here.
Q3: Hi, I have a 4 1/2 year old
daughter who started preschool this year. She does very well and her
teacher even told us during her 1st conference that she scored high
on two/three test areas after only being in school for 4 weeks.
These areas were rhyming and alliteration. She scored average on
picture naming. I have noticed from a young age that she was not
like other children her age. She could say her ABC's by 15 months
and count to 20 by 18 months. She could recognize all shapes and colors
by age 2....
A: There is no concern specifically
here so I am assuming you are looking out for ways to help your
daughter with the description that you had given. As a rule of
thumb, gifted children would demonstrate development that is at
least 30% more advanced than their peers. At pre-school level, it is
still hard to determine giftedness, but parents can tell if their
child has a potential for giftedness. Today, it is much harder to
determine giftedness since many children are exposed to various
activities by parents; these activities actually make them learn
faster regardless of ability.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Nurturing an Advanced Pre-schooler here.
Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child
By James Taylor, Ph.D
Now available in paperback, Positive Pushing gives parents clear and balanced instruction
on how to encourage children just enough to produce a happy, successful, satisfied achiever.
Taylor, an experienced achievement consultant, believes that, pushed properly, children will
grow into adults ready to tackle life's many challenges.
In building a model of successful achievers, Taylor skewers the self-esteem movement for
protecting kids from disappointment and mistakes--the very experiences that build sturdy
self-regard. He urges parents to separate their needs from their children's. His marching
orders are clear and compelling: guide kids to discover a passion; express love apart from
achievement; create a human being, not a "human doing"; use boundaries to construct a safe
harbor; and demand accountability.
Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed
By Deborah (Debbie) P. Silver
Debbie Silver is truly a “teacher's teacher!” She is a former science teacher
and an award-winning educator with 30 years experience as a classroom teacher, staff
development instructor, and university professor. Her numerous recognitions include being
named the 1990 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus from
the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University.
Debbie is one of the most popular keynoters and professional development presenters in the
United States. Audiences everywhere respond to her use of humor and sensitivity to remind
them of how important teachers are in the lives of children. Her insights into student and
teacher behavior are extraordinary.
Sesame Street Helps Explain How Kids' Brains Develop
Medical News Today Jan 04, 2013
A brain scan taken while a child watches TV is a better indicator of future test scores for
reading and math compared to a brain scan that was taken under more synthetic circumstances.
Moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy may reduce child's IQ - but only for some women
Bio News Nov 19, 2012
Children's IQ can be affected by moderate drinking during pregnancy,
but only for women and children with certain gene variants. The
study, which followed over 4,000 mothers and children from pregnancy
up to the children's eighth birthday, is the first substantial study
to use genetic variants to analyse the risk of alcohol in pregnancy.
13 Superfoods For Kids For 2013
Spotlight Jan 02, 2013
As adults everywhere renew their gym memberships, stock up on workout gear, and indulge in their
last desserts in preparation for tackling those New Year's resolutions, most kids are just
looking forward to an excuse to stay up late and bang pots and pans.
Motivation, Not IQ, Matters Most for Learning New Math Skills
Healthland Dec 26, 2012
You don't have to be born with math skills; solving problems is a matter of studying and motivation.
That may not seem like such a surprise, but it's become easy to say
"I just can't do math." While some element of math achievement may
be linked to natural inborn intelligence, when it comes to
developing skills during high school, motivation and math study
habits are much more important than IQ, according to a new study.
Study claims mother's milk can boost a baby's IQ
7 Days in Dubai Jan 3, 2013
Experts found that babies fed on breast milk exclusively had higher
IQs than those who were not. Doctor Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal, the
executive committee director of Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate
Campaign, says the findings - which reveal children who were
breastfed for over six months had a 3.8 point higher IQ than those
who were not - show how important it is to breastfeed.
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