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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #6 Issue #16
ISSN: 0219-7642 Apr 13, 2008
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Raising talented and gifted kids could be very risky and difficult considering their special
needs and emotional requirements. Our elders always used to tell us to let our kids be kids first, at least in
their first ten or twelve years. In a way, it could actually be true and real. But, today's
highly competitive world demands the best out of our children as well.
I have read a number of stories in the news about gifted children and their special talents. While
most of these stories are positive and energetic to parents, some of them show a darker side to these
stories. There are gifted children whose life showed so much promise for their future, but ended up
somehow spoiling their chances of shining bright in their life.
Recently, there was a disturbing news clipping appearing in leading dailies of the world. In what would
be a fatal story and sad event, this reportage divulged information about a brilliant, promising and a highly
gifted woman turning prostitute just northwest of London.
Sufiah Yusof, a
math prodigy was one of the youngest
students to get enrolled in a prestigious Oxford university when she
was barely 13. After three years of her study in the university, she ran away from the college to an
unknown place. When she was found after a week or so, she explained that she was pressurized too much by her parents to study hard
and get a degree.
Now, what are the real causes that drove Sufiah to work as a prostitute? Are there some issues that are
not visible to us and her parents? Some people say that gifted children can easily get socially isolated and frustrated
if not tended properly in their young age, while others feel that gifted children need an active environment like Oxford
to stimulate and nurture their brilliance and talent. Now, it also raises the most important question of how much
and to what extent we can push our gifted children in an academic sense? Is it possible for us to consider giftedness
There are too many questions but a few number of answers! Take care.
Thought for today:
"A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark " - Chinese Proverb
Publisher & Editor, BrainyZine
andrew @ brainy-child.com
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How to Improve Thinking Skills in Children? Tips and Suggestions
Enhancing thinking skills in your kid can be real fun and thrilling! Nothing can be more effective than
asking the right type of questions in an easy going manner. When you ask questions that lead to a mental
stimulation of your kid's thought process, it can be really good for you as well as your kid.
Tips to Develop Thinking Skills for Your Kids
The extensive use of critical thinking is perhaps the most valuable skills that we can, as responsible parents,
can teach our kids. Gifted children have the habit of making rapid progress and they always use the power of synthesis
and evaluation to learn things without any proper teaching or training.
Thinking Games for Kids
By Cheryl Gerson Tuttle and Penny Hutchins Paquette
This exciting new edition of popular interactive book
Thinking Games for Kids applies cutting edge research in
cognitive learning to simple and creative games for children
of all ages. Playful and family friendly, the guide provides
you with entertaining and effective tools to sharpen
reading, reading and math skills-- and develop valuable
memory strategies--even in children as young as three years
Best of all, the games are fun. It also provides games to
develop phonetic awareness, more number of games for broader
ranges between ages of 3 and 12, more new strategies to
enhance cognitive skills and a spectrum of new ways to
modify these games so that children are challenged even
Thinking Tools for Kids: An Activity Book for Classroom Learning
By Barbara A. Cleary and Sally J.Duncan
Perhaps the first book of its kind written especially for
young people, Thinking Tools for Kids describes the everyday
challenges of grade school children which can be solved by a
variety of quality tools. Each chapter starts out with a
story that presents a problem that a child may encounter,
such as unsuccessful science fair project.
The authors explain which tools can be used to overcome
these problems, and give examples of how to apply these
tools to other problems the child may encounter. The many
illustrations and helpful glossary will aid in the
understanding of the tools used throughout the book. At the
end of each chapter the authors give a home connection which
encourages kids to take what they have learned and apply it
to problems at home.
Eating for brain health
Williams Lake Tribune Mar 28, 2008
Want a smart kid? Nutrition is one of the most important things to
consider, along with brain stimulation. Food - good food - is the
building material your child’s brain needs to grow and run properly.
It needs carbohydrates for energy, and proteins and healthy fats to
build connective pathways between the brain cells. Vitamins,
minerals and other essential nutrients help create the
neurotransmitters that relay signals between these brain cells.
Six Nutrients for Success
Silver Lake News Apr 10, 2008
The kinds of nutrients your children get have a major influence on
how the brain develops and functions. When taking stock on all your
child’s school necessities, also take note of their diet. What your
children do and don’t eat both play a major role on their school
Is music the key to academic gains?
BBC News Mar 29, 2008
We have heard of brain training computer games giving young minds a
cerebral workout with impressive results, improving their maths and
concentration skills in the classroom. But what about encouraging
your child to learn a musical instrument to help stimulate their
creative processes and possibly boost their school performance?
Mom's fish intake may boost child's brain power
Reuters UK Apr 1, 2008
Preschoolers whose mothers regularly ate low-mercury fish during
pregnancy may have sharper minds than their peers, a study suggests.
Researchers found that among 341 3-year-olds, those whose mothers
ate more than two servings of fish per week during pregnancy
generally performed better on tests of verbal, visual and motor
New Book Claims Children Who Start School Smarter, Stay Smarter For Life
PRWeb Apr 2, 2008
With appropriate help from their parents, children can easily start
school smarter and have the benefit of being smarter for life.
Scientific evidence as a result of worldwide research by
institutions shows that the best learning period for children is
from birth to three years of age. A new book, 'Raising Smarter
Babies' by Susan Butler, explains how parents can easily assist
their babies in becoming smarter.
In Pictures: How to Tell If Your Child is Gifted Slide Show
Forbes Mar 22, 2008
Gifted children are unique and special in their own way. More often, it is quite difficult to detect and identify gifted children because
of various reasons. This wonderful slide show provide invaluable clues and ideas on how you can if your child is gifted or not. These slides
provide a number of clues and ideas that are so special to gifted children. We hope that this slide show assist you in helping your child to
nurture his or her gifts and talents to their best.
Prenatal Exposure To Drugs, Alcohol And Tobacco Affect The Brain Into Early Adolescence, Scans Show
ScienceDaily Apr 8, 2008
Now, a new study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans,
led by Children's Hospital Boston neurologist Michael Rivkin, MD,
suggests that prenatal exposure to cocaine, alcohol, marijuana or
tobacco (alone or in combination) may have effects on brain
structure that persist into early adolescence.
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