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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #5 Issue #6
ISSN: 0219-7642 Nov 12, 2006
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I received few comments on last issue about children spending too
much time watching TV. One reader shared her experience about using
the TV as a babysitter to her baby throughout the day. Now, her
child was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. If you want to
limit the TV times, there are few activities you can do to keep your
kids away from the TV such as:
Make homemade ice cream
Make a card for Grandma or Grandpa
Make paper airplanes
Make up a treasure hunt (hide toys, books in your closet or
Give your kids a magnet and get them list down the things in the
house that can be stick on.
Bake a cake (buy the kid an easy cake or brownie mix)
Camp inside the house (use blankets over the chairs or table to make
a tent. Use torchlight and read ghost story inside it)
I guess you probably can come out more ideas to keep your kids
busy instead of watching TV. Take care!
Thought for today:
" Though no one can go back and make a brand new
start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. "
- Author Unknown
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Bright Kids with Learning Problems - When IQ and Achievement Don't Match Up
By Dave Palmer, Ph.D
When some parents think of high-achieving or gifted students, what
comes to mind is a child who shines in every aspect of life - one
who can be expected to get straight A's in school, have tons of
friends, and be a star in sports. The idea is, if you're smart,
you're smart, and you should be able to apply your mind and talents
to just about anything and do well. Problem is, this idea just isn't
true....Read more here!
I just received by son's 7th grade Terra Nova tests, his Total Score
was 91 and the IQ component of this test was 122. How does the IQ
test on the Terra Nova compare to other IQ tests, such as the
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)? I don't know how to
interpret these scores. Any insight would be helpful. Thank you.
A: The major difference here is that
the Terra Nova is an achievement test whereas IQ tests (such as the
Wechsler's and the Stanford-Binet) are ability/aptitude tests. This
does not warrant a one-to-one comparison. In principle, achievement
tests are more directly concerned with what is taught is schools,
which is not the case with ability tests. Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Difference between Terra Nova and IQ tests
When a school for the gifted ask for the WISC-IV test and is looking
for more than the full scale score, what other score are they
looking at for their decision as to the giftedness of the child?
A: It is indeed very hard to tell what
a school looks for in gifted programs. Schools are generally guided
by established research and to a certain extent, some level of trial
and error to determine students who may best benefit from such a
program. Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Criteria for Gifted Programme Admission here.
I am curious about the differences between the Terra Nova standardized
test and the other NAEP test. How do the two tests compare at the grade school level?
A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
The difference between the Terra Nova and other National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests
Parent's Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education
David Palmer, Ph.D.
This book is written specifically for parents who need to
understand gifted testing and gifted programming so that
they can make informed decisions for their children.
This book gives those with little or no background in IQ
testing and gifted education a close look at how the system
of screening, testing, and programming really works. This is
where you'll find the direct answers and specific advice you
need to make the right decisions for your child.
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Exposure to chemicals may harm young brains
Reuters UK Nov 8, 2006
Exposure to industrial chemicals in the womb or early in life can
impair brain development but only a handful are controlled to
protect children, researchers said on Wednesday.
Can you build a brainier baby?
Newsweek Nov 6, 2006
Exposing a baby to a lot of different stimulus in the first year of
life is, indeed, healthy, says Janet Doman, co-author of "How Smart
is Your Baby? Develop and Nurture Your Newborn's Full Potential." .
Scientists show how mom passes omega-3 to child
Nutra Oct 31, 2006
Supplementing mothers-to-be with omega-3 fatty acids results in
higher amounts being delivered to the baby in the womb, say German
scientists who have identified the carriers of the fatty acid from
mother to child.
Babies' Mental Delay Tied to Moms' Vegan Diet
International News Network Oct 30, 2006
The breast-fed infants of two mothers who did not eat any animal
products, including milk and eggs, developed brain abnormalities as
a result of a vitamin-B12 deficiency, the US Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.
Fathers Influence Child Language Development More Than Mothers
ScienceDaily Nov 1, 2006
In families with two working parents, fathers had greater impact
than mothers on their children's language development between ages 2
and 3, according to a study by the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill's Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute
and UNC's School of Education.
Bilingual pupils do better in exams, report finds
The Independent Oct 31, 2006
Bilingual children are far more likely to get top-grade passes in
exams in all subjects, a report has found.
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