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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #3 Issue #07
ISSN: 0219-7642 Jan 7, 2005
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Early signs of giftedness for young children (Age Birth - 4)
By Dr. Inderbir Sandhu
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I really think my just turned two year old son is gifted and if you have the
time to read this email and respond I would appreciate it. He seems to be
doing things far beyond his age. Before Jack was two:
Knew entire alphabet
Could also recognize any letter or number you showed him
Could count to 12 (also recognizes #'s 16-20)
Knew the shapes of square, triangle, rectangle, oval, heart, diamond, star
and could recognize them
Huge vocabulary of words including almost all animals (tropical bird & sea
turtle) and when shown about 25 animals cards he could recognize them and
Know the parts of a face (chin, cheek, ear, eye, nose, mouth, teeth)
Know at least 10 colors ....
A: From what you had described, your son is definitely gifted – the term is usually not used
freely (or used by professionals/educators in the area) to avoid
labeling and anticipated unnecessary pressure on the child. See Dr. Sandhu's
complete answer on
gifted children programs here!
My First 3 Nature Games
Recommended Age: 3 and up
Three lively games (Baby Animals Memory Game , Who's Afraid of the Fox?,
Hide-And-Seek Dominoes) help young children learn about the amazing animal world, from animal
offspring to animal defense mechanisms. As they play, they develop readiness skills such
as visual memory and following directions. My First 3 Nature Games were created by
environmental scientists to promote understanding of life on earth and how people can
have a positive effect on the planet and its creatures.
Scientists tuning in to what makes musical prodigies tick
JSOnline Jan 1, 2005
Winner thinks that extremely gifted children - generally defined as those who can perform at an
adult level before the age of 10 - are born with an "atypical brain." Unlike moderately talented
children, she said, extremely gifted ones have an enormous capacity for learning that parents
often notice shortly after birth.
Passive Smoke Lowers Kids' Test Scores
Yahoo! News Jan 4, 2005
Even small amounts of secondhand smoke can sabotage a child's performance on reading, math, reasoning
and logic tests, a new study finds.
The Times-Picayune Jan 3, 2005
New year's resolutions aren't just for individuals. This is the time of year for parents and children
to come together and resolve to make changes that benefit the entire family.
HINDRANCE? Are video games really an educational boost for preschoolers?
SunHerald.com Dec 26, 2004
Experts especially fret about games for preschoolers because children's brains are developing so
rapidly at this age, forming lifelong habits and learning patterns. At this developmental stage,
"interactive" should mean talking to adults and using their senses, not getting feedback from a
screen, they say.
Toys have lasting impact on brain
BBC News Dec 23, 2004
Toys that stimulate a young child's mind could permanently boost their brain function, according to
Stimulate Your Pre-Schooler's Language Development
KSAT.com Jan 3, 2005
Language is an important part of your pre-schooler's life. Without language, she'd be unable to
communicate her needs, wants and desires to the outside world. Language development itself represents
an important pre-requisite to other skills important to later academic success, such as reading.
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