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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #8 Issue #23
ISSN: 0219-7642 June 13, 2010
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Active children are a source of joy to their parents. Active children are bundles of
unlimited energy and strength. At the same time, they are agile and energetic with an
open mind to learn everything that happens around them. Active children can learn quickly
and perform extremely well in their classroom. In nutshell, active children in a home
can enliven the entire ambience of the house with their wit and smartness.
Unfortunately, several intrinsic and extrinsic reasons may push a child to become passive
and withdrawn. Passivity in a child is a natural thing that occurs either by birth or by
chance. Inactive and passive parenting can push an active child into a passive one. Passive
parenting could also make a child passive, because the child will expect the parents to do
everything for him or her. Psychology experts believe that passivity in children could be
a psychological phenomenon and they also believe that it is possible to reverse this trait
by applying thoughtful parenting methods that are active in nature.
Passivity in your child is not a crime; rather, it is a repairable deficiency that could be
controlled or corrected with smart and positive parenting methods. It is possible to convert
a passive child into a positive and active one. What parents need is an open mind and an
inclination to apply the basic methods of positive parenting. Parents may need to teach their
children how to be independent and self motivated to do things on their own. Have a nice day.
Thought for today:
"If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility
on their shoulders." - Abigail Van Buren
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Transforming a Passive Child into Active Child - Characteristics of a Passive Child
Passivity in children could relate to some unknown emotional causes. Passive children are dull,
withdrawn and deficient in self motivation. Passive children also exhibit several visible symptoms.
Transforming a Passive Child into Active Child - Methods to Raise an Active Child
It is possible to transform a passive child into an active one by using
thoughtful parenting methods and techniques. Here are some useful methods and
techniques that could help parents achieve their goals.
Q1: Is the RAIS an appropriate test to use when assessing for
giftedness? If so, what cut-off score would constitute
giftedness, or superior IQ, for a child with DOB, 12-31-98?
I was informed that this score is 128. Also, if not, what
test(s) are known to be most sensitive in assessing giftedness?...
A: The Reynolds Intellectual Assessment
Scales (RAIS), considered as a newcomer in the world of intelligence
testing, appears to be the shortest full-intelligence test compared
to other intelligence assessment. It takes only about 35 minutes to
administer. In contrast to most existing measures of intelligence,
the RIAS eliminates dependence on motor coordination, visual-motor
speed, and reading skills. The RAIS is divided into four sections ....
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
The RAIS and the Woodcock Johnson Tests here.
Q2: My child is 3 years 10 months old.
He likes puzzle very much, and he can now make 96 pieces puzzle by
himself in 30 minutes without looking at the picture, all by his
memory. Sometimes, I feels he has very good memory in remembering
what I said long ago, in playing the "IQ concept", and other IQ
games. My questions are:
Is it considered gifted?
how can i explore his potential in this way?
Is it good to let a young kid to play such a long, intensive
mind game like 96 pieces puzzle?
A: Many gifted children have been known
to solve puzzles at rather early stages. So it is one of the gifted
traits a child may have, though the absence is not indication of
non-giftedness. It is quite hard to tell the ages and pieces of
puzzles appropriate for children. A ball park figure for a three
year old would be 48 pieces and that is usually a very large floor
puzzle or lower at 30 pieces large puzzles with a distinct shape...
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Puzzles and Giftedness here.
Living With the Active Alert Child: Groundbreaking Strategies for Parents
By Linda S. Budd
It is a big seller. It examines working with kids with really high energy levels who maybe need extra
attention. It also provides hundreds of practical ideas for coping with high-energy children. This book
spells out the characteristics of 'active alerts' and teaches readers how to help these children
thrive in school and family. The author will teach you how easy it is to over-stimulate intense children
...how parents can bring out the best in them.
Bright, controlling, fearful, and highly energetic, active
alert children are frequently misdiagnosed as hyperactive or
learning disabled. This book shows parents and teachers how
to raise, teach, and enjoy active alerts by offering: a
clear description of common characteristics and day-to-day
parenting strategies with real case histories.
Educating Young Children: Active Learning Practices for Preschool and Child Care Programs
By Mary Hohmann and David P. Weikart
The updated chapters include information on phonemic
awareness and preschool reading, additional references, the
latest Perry Preschool research results, recent research
relating to brain development, and a complete description of
a consistent approach to problem solving. Written for early
childhood practitioners and students, this manual presents
essential strategies adults can use to make active learning
a reality in their programs.
This book describes key components of the adult’s role:
planning the physical setting and establishing a consistent
daily routine; creating a positive social climate; and using
High/Scope’s 58 “key experiences” in child development to
understand and support young children.
Importance of Reading Books to Children
E How May 17, 2010
Reading to children has many benefits. Because 75 percent of brain growth occurs during the
first three years of life, it is never too early to begin the interactive process of reading
aloud to babies and toddlers.
School readiness: Reading to children is important
Jacksonville June 07, 2010
We know from years of research that a successful education begins at home. The time from
birth to school is a key time in the development of literacy skills. It is during this time
that children develop school readiness.
More Evidence on the Importance of Sleep
Wall Street Journal June 07, 2010
A lack of sleep can easily make a child cranky, irritable or unfocused. But can it make your
elementary-school child more likely to be depressed or even delinquent? In the latest in a
series of expert warnings about the high cost of sleep deprivation, a new study of 140
elementary-school students suggests that it can.
Does Mozart Boost a Baby's IQ? A Researcher Talks About the Complex Answer
Wall Street Journal May 12, 2010
Listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart might make you feel good, but don't expect his
music to make you smarter. Newly published research from the University of Vienna that says
that listening to the famous Austrian composer has actually very little effect on one's
intelligence has brought the issue back into the public discussion.
Meeting the Needs of Gifted & Talented Children
VPR May 27, 2010
If a child is gifted, the assumption is that he or she will automatically do well in school.
But that's not always the case. Teachers and schools don't always recognize high potential
students or know how to keep them engaged and challenged. We discuss the challenges educators,
parents and gifted children face in the classroom.
Gifted Kids: Are the Best Minds Being Left Behind?
Take Part May 17, 2010
All across America there are public schools that never bother to identify children who
possess extraordinary gifts. Like treasure that's buried just beneath the surface, these
children's unique talents remain hidden, an untapped national resource gone to waste.
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