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Volume #9 Issue #22
ISSN: 0219-7642 May 15, 2011
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Child experts around the world are recommending brain train
or gym exercise to make children smarter, brighter and skilful. Dr.
Hannaford, the writer of the well-known book titled, "Smart Moves"
believes that "our bodies are very much a part of all our learning, and learning is not an isolated
brain function. In fact, a child's brain is full of sensitive network of cells and nerve ending
that creates an efficient highway for basic learning".
Recent research findings also suggest that optimum learning in children occur when they know and master
how to switch-on and switch-off certain areas of brain to retrieve only the required brain functions
while the leaving the rest behind. It is a sort of "mix and match" type of mechanism that
optimizes the learning process. This selective learning process forms the cornerstone for learning
activities that occur at the later stages in life.
Parents may wish to introduce brain train exercises in their homes to help children optimize their
learning efforts. Brain train or gym exercises are wholesome and complete in that they have the ability
to create an empowered child who is skilled and smart. All the best to you.
Thought for today:
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou
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The Basic Science of Discovery - Enabling Children's Life with the Skills of Logic and Inquisitiveness
Science is basic to life. Discoveries and inventions are possible only with science. Teaching everyday science
of discovery offers numerous benefits to your children.
The Basic Science of Discovery - How to Teach Your Children the Basics of Discovery
Teaching the science of discovery revolves around on "why", "when",
"where" and "how" part of life. This article gives you a number of tips on how children can develop an ability
to discover everyday secrets of scientific discovery.
Q1: I am actually not the parent but
the child, wondering about her own identification. I would greatly
appreciate your time for any insightful answers to a couple of
questions/things I am unsure of.
I had been identified as gifted by my school district early on in
elementary school but I do not know my score nor have an idea of
what to expect to be the extent of my abilities. Now, in high
school, I have begun to doubt my giftedness for some inexplicable
reason and there are a few things I would like to know more about:
Is it normal to feel like you're 'plateauing' at a certain age? When
I was younger I could remember events and stories with great
accuracy and connect things that I saw with other things that I
learned, but now it doesn't seem like I do that as much any more...
A: Very interesting query! I would
think that if the school has identified you as being gifted, there
should be provisions made to cater for your educational needs at
school. I am sure you would be placed in a special program to
enhance your gifts. Your query appears a little unclear but I'll try
to answer based on my understanding of your letter. I believe you
mean that as you are growing older, you feel as if you are at a
stage of “plateau” which is a stage when something, in this case,
your gifts, is still/stable or stop changing (i.e., no improvement
or increase).... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Does Giftedness Decline with Age? here.
Q2: My eldest daughter, now 10 has got
in to the PEAC programme at school
and scored 99% in the IQ testing. Her younger sister now 6 has never
been quote "mainstream". She is an introvert, is obsessive about order,
colours etc, she has a few great friends and plays well but is never
"Miss. Sociable", she has a poor concentration span an always says
she is bored at school...Should i have her IQ tested or just let the teachers continue with their
behaviour sticker charts?
A: From your description, I would
suspect a condition in the Autism Spectrum Disorder but you would
need a proper diagnosis to rule that out or determine the condition.
It is also possible that she may be gifted just by looking at her
sister as it is found that when one child in the family is
identified as gifted, the chances are great that other members of
the family are gifted.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Possibly Gifted with Autism/Asperger's Syndrome here.
Q3: My 9 year old son who is in 3rd
grade has always scored in the high average in school tests (80 - 90
percentile) in both Maths & English & his teacher has referred to
his as being bright, he has always been fluent reader & reads books
above his age level....Is it possible that some children who appear
to be bright can struggle with written work?
A: Your description is not very clear
and detailed, so I am assuming that your son may possibly have dysgraphia. Briefly, dysgraphia is a learning
disability that affects writing, which requires a complex set of motor
and information processing skills. This condition makes the act of
writing difficult lead to problems with spelling, poor handwriting, and
putting thoughts on paper. Individuals with dysgraphia can have trouble
organizing letters, numbers, and words on a line or page.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Possible Dysgraphia here.
Teaching Children Science: A Discovery Approach
By Joseph Abruscato and Don A. DeRosa
Science is a quest for explanations. This popular text continues to encourage teachers
to help their students learn through discovery, while also providing content on the latest
techniques in science teaching. This edition has been thoroughly revised and features a new
co-author, Dr. Donald DeRosa of Boston University, a larger trim size, and paperback binding
for a fresher, more open feel.
The book Includes The 5 E's Learning Cycle - The 5 E's learning cycle is an instructional
design model that presents a framework for constructivist learning theories that can be
effectively used in teaching science.
Teaching Children Science: Discovery Methods for Elementary and Middle Grades
By Joseph Abruscato and Don A. DeRosa
This truncated volume is composed of the first nine chapters from Teaching Children Science:
A Discovery Approach, Seventh Edition. Like the larger text on which it is based, it takes a
constructivist approach to learning and it is written with the same engaging writing style.
This brief book of strategies and techniques will help pre-service teachers learn to plan
meaningful lessons and units and manage an inquiry-based classroom.
What specific strategies and techniques will help foster discovery learning? The new edition
of Teaching Children Science: Discovery Methods for the Elementary and Middle Grades provides
the answers to that question. Readers of this book will become teachers who can create classrooms
where children look forward to science time as a wonderful opportunity to learn!
Singing to children may help development of language skills
The Guardian May 08, 2011
Parents should sing to their children every day to avoid language problems developing in later life, according to a consultant.
Hillsborough Patch May 06, 2011
Are there different intelligences? According to Daniel Goleman, not only is there cognitive intelligence (known as IQ),
but also social intelligence and emotional intelligence. For many years, as a society, it was believed that the higher
your IQ, the better job you would most likely have.
Success by 6: Encourage safe exploration and play
Herald Dispatch May 06, 2011
Responsive care giving involves creating an environment that is safe and predictable, with a variety of
materials to explore, accompanied by sensitive, caring and dependable interactions with consistent adult caregivers.
UO: DVD helps spur babies' brain development
KQW May 06, 2011
Scientists at the University of Oregon recently produced a DVD to help parents improve their children's brain
development. It's called Changing Brains.
Breastfeeding Your Babies Give Them Better Behavior
E Canada May 11, 2011
New studies show that babies, who are breastfed for at least four months, are much more likely to be well-behaved
children throughout childhood. They are less likely to be hyperactive, anxious, or to lie or steal.
Active kids less likely to develop depression as adults
Health Central May 03, 2011
In a study of self-reported levels of physical activity and depression in 2152 women and men from south-eastern
Australia, the researchers found that those reporting low physical activity levels as a child were 35 per cent
more likely to report depression in adulthood compared to those reporting higher levels of physical activity in childhood.
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