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Volume #5 Issue #12
ISSN: 0219-7642 Feb 11, 2007
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February is Valentine's month. Are you ready for Valentine's Day? I
know, I know, you probably say you are too old or too busy for this.
It is easy to take your relationship for granted and forget to do
the small things that show your spouse you care. In fact, you don't
have to buy expensive romantic gifts or fabulous dinner to rekindle
the romance in your relationship.
You can just make an effort to greet your spouse with a kiss, give
your spouse a heart felt complement or simply do something to make
your spouse's life easier ... these are just some easy things you can do to
show your love and care. Well, I'm not a love expert or a hopeless
romantic, but I do know that it takes effort to make a relationship
work. Anyway, Happy Valentine's Day!
Thought for today:
" You know why God created gap between fingers? So that at someday, the one who is made for you, comes and fill that gaps by holding your hand forever.
" - Anonymous
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How Can I Teach My Child To Be Responsible?
By Barbara Desmarais
Most of us when asked what we want our children to become we include "responsible" among other things such
as happy, fulfilled and caring. Do we teach children to become responsible by simply giving them chores to do?
Make It Easy For Your Kids To Be Responsible
By Michael Grose
Some children need some help to develop responsibility rather than
being left to their own devices. As a parent you need to make it
easy for some children to be responsible for their own well-being.
This requires us to move into teacher mode, which can be a challenge
at those busiest times of the day.
My son is 5 years old and was evaluated to be gifted by TONI-2
quotient of >136 superior for his age level, Draw a person
intellectual ability is average score 97 and Visual motor
integration (VMI) if 114 which is average, but his visual subtest is
130 which is high and motor subtest is 97 which is average....He is
only an average student and does not rank even top 20 of the 33
students. If he is such a gifted child why he is not in the top 20?
A: Your son has been assessed to be in
the gifted range and I can totally understand the concerns you have
since a lot more is expected from a gifted child in terms of
performance. Unfortunately this is not always the case - gifted
children do underachieve for various reasons.....Read Dr. Sandhu's
complete answer on
Underachieving Gifted here.
My son is 5 and has been reading since he was 3 years old. He currently reads at a 3rd grade level, can add double digits and is starting his multiplication tables. The Montessori school that he is attending ignores his academic needs in the classroom. He is not challenged with the work and spends time doing the simpler things....What
do you think I should do to prevent him from getting bored next
year? I don't want him to lose interest in school and the possible
challenges it has to offer.
His school certainly looks into his development, but most preschools
(especially the Montessori's) are concerned about whole development
rather than academic achievement alone. However, your concerns are
genuine and it appears as if the teachers have quite different views
about his development. ...Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Challenging and Stimulating a Potentially Gifted Preschooler here.
My son is 5 and he has been reading since he was three and is now a
proficient reader. He enjoys reading the Magic Treehouse books, and
started on Harry Potter, but was daunted by the size. He can add
subtract, and do simple multiplication. The Montessori school he is
in will not move him into 1st grade because they believe that he
needs "the gift of time"...The policy of holding children back is
endemic in Texas, and we have been made to feel as though we are
"pushing" our child too hard. We view it as giving him the
opportunity to grow. My question is: Will it hurt him to keep him
back one year? What can we do to maintain his academic growth, while
not overdoing it?
See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Holding Back an Early Reader here.
I have just received the CAT3 results which my daughter took last
autumn aged 10 years 8 months. Her scores were VR 110, Q 108, NVR
130. There seems to be a very large difference between the NVR score
and the others. Could you please tell me what strengths this may
indicate? She is, and always has been, exceptionally good at Art; is
also very good at Maths and Science...Is there a score above which a
child is classified as 'gifted'? At her new secondary school they
have a special 'gifted & talented' program - Should she be included
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's reply on
CAT3 interpretation here.
Science and Social Studies Fun Flash Cards (Cards)
By School Specialty Pub
This box set of fact cards provides young learners a fun,
engaging way to practice the science and social studies
skills they need for school success. Beginning with U.S.
Presidents, and progressing through such science topics as
astronomy and dinosaurs, the colorful cards offer children
the opportunity to learn and practice science and social
studies skills at their own pace.
These cards also provide suggestions for fun games that will
reinforce learning. Perfect for practice at home, for
reinforcing concepts taught at school, and for proficiency
test preparation, these fact cards are an important tool for
Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments
By Deb Curtis, Margie Carter
Give children wondrous places to learn and grow! Drawing
inspiration from a variety of approaches-from Waldorf to
Montessori to Reggio to Greenman, Prescott, and Olds-the
authors outline hundreds of ways to create healthy and
inviting physical, social, and emotional environments for
children in child care. Full-color photographs of actual
early childhood programs demonstrate that the spaces
children learn and grow in can be comfortable for children,
teachers, and parents alike.
Smart Strategy: Think of the Brain as a Muscle
LiveScience.com Feb 8, 2007
Students who are told they can get smarter if they train their
brains to be stronger, like a muscle, do better in school, a new
psychology study shows. Many people have various theories about the
nature of intelligence. Some view it as a fixed trait, while others
see intelligence as a quality that can develop and expand.
Study finds music good for children's minds
ABC News Feb 7, 2007
Many kids take music lessons as a hobby. But, a new study confirms
what many people have long suspected: that these lessons are
actually good for a child's mental development.
Parents spend more time watching TV than talking to their children
Daily Mail Feb 9, 2007
The findings sparked warnings that busy parents are failing to
realise the importance of conversation in the home. Scientific
studies have shown that talking to children, especially under-fives,
is crucial for brain development.
Low-level toxicants can harm brain
NewsDay.com Feb 6, 2007
Low levels of mercury and lead exposure can damage developing brain
cells - a finding that might help explain how these toxicants can
lead to a host of mental and medical problems, a new study said.
Children's Sleep Problems Can Lead To School Problems
ScienceDaily.com Feb 8, 2007
The study offers one of the first demonstrations that the
relationship between children's performance and sleep may differ
among children of different backgrounds. Conducted by researchers at
Auburn University and Notre Dame University, it is published in the
January/February 2007 issue of the journal Child Development.
Relationship Problems May Affect Baby's IQ
ABC7News Jan 30, 2007
A new study claims that children born to mothers who experience
relationship problems during their pregnancies have lower than
average intelligence and are more prone to anxiety, scientists said.
The study done at Imperial College London found that women who
reported high stress levels in the months before birth had babies
who scored lower in mental development tests than mothers with
calmer pregnancies, according to the Telegraph.
Vaginal birth boosts risk of baby brain haemorrhage
NewScientist.com Jan 30, 2007
Vaginal birth increases the risk of brain haemorrhage in newborns, a
new study suggests. But it is unclear if the early bleeding causes
problems with subsequent child development, so natural births should
not be eschewed in favour of caesarean sections, experts warn.
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