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Volume #3   Issue #06

ISSN: 0219-7642    Dec 17, 2004

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>> EDITORIAL

Hi Everyone,

I survived the Half Marathon on Dec 5 clocking 2 hr 47 min. I was very satisfied with my result as it was my first attempt in Marathon. I have learned something from this experience:

" Anything your mind can conceive and believe. You can achieve. " - Napoleon Hill

Christmas and New Year are just around the corner. I decided to give myself a break! So, there will be no newsletter till Jan 7, 2005. I hope you and your family have a fantastic Christmas Holiday!

Andrew Loh
Publisher & Editor, BrainyZine
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Developing a Fantastic Relationship with Your Child

Top Ten Ways to Keep Your Kids from Fighting

>> ASK AN EXPERT

Q: My girl is above average when it come to examinations (at least 90% and above), she could read all levels of Peter and Jane by 5 years old, goes for tuition twice a week. Other activities include learning to play the piano (beginners level) and swimming. She also likes to procrastinate and is generally quite lazy....

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on relationship between giftedness and passion here


Q: I have an 11 yr old boy. I was told by his preschool teacher that he is a kinesthetic learner. He can't sit still for long and he needs something to hold on to when he is doing his work....

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on kinesthetic learners here

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V-Smile
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Recommended Age: 3 - 7 years

V-Smile is a unique leaning system that teaches children the preschool basics through interactive TV gaming. The console connects directly to your home TV! No additional equipment required! V-Smile TV Learning System includes the console, a joystick, and one game cartridge which is Adventures in Alphabet Park. Insert any of Vtech's "Smartridges" into the unit for lessons on language, math, phonics, problem-solving, music, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

LeapPad Plus Writing and Microphone
By LeadFrog
Recommended Age: 4 - 8 years

LeapPad Plus Writing and Microphone Learning System teaches fundamental reading skills, plus writing and math! Use the dual-function, interactive Magic Pencil to switch from writing mode to non-writing mode, and you can sound out letters and words, read stories AND write!

Includes a built-in microphone for use with microphone-enabled books, so you can personalize learning with your own voice, and play activities that help reinforce reading and phonics lessons! Includes 2 books! The first book teaches reading, phonics, vocabulary, science, foreign languages and geography. The second book teaches writing letters and numbers, writing words, drawing shapes, phonics, addition and subtraction.

 


>> LATEST BRAINY NEWS


Micronutrients - Essential for Physical and Mental Growth
PIB Press Release Dec 15, 2004

Children have food preferences and they are quite fussy to take green leafy vegetables and fruits thus compromising their intake of micronutrients from dietary sources. The full genetic potential of the child for physical growth and mental development may be compromised due to subclinical deficiencies of micronutrients which are commonly referred to as "hidden hunger".


Parents Are Advised to Give Gifts for Kids That Keep On Giving, New Website Provides Toy Recommendations by Child Development Experts
eMediaWire Dec 14, 2004

Many well meaning parents will buy gifts this season for their kids and teens that may be on one of the hot toy lists but lack true play value. According to Dr Bob Myers of Child Development Institute, "many toys that are hyped by media and word of mouth do not provide the type of play activity that can lead to healthy growth and development."


Television may be tuning out the development of a toddler's mind
Salth Lake Tribune Dec 13, 2004

Nearly 15 years after Healy's seminal book Endangered Minds: Why Our Children Don't Think sounded an alarm about effect of screentime on children's brain development, access to television and videos has only increased.


Spanking can lead to more bad behavior by children
University of Michigan Sep 13, 2004

A new U-M study that used stronger statistical controls than previous research lends additional support to the belief that corporal punishment can be detrimental to children.


Brainpower? It's a no-brainer
Kentucky Post Dec 10, 2004

The brain research shows that what happens to a child in the early years has a direct impact on how the brain develops. The brain wires itself in the early years of life. Research also has identified several crucial windows of opportunity when the brain is especially nimble at acquiring particular skills, such as language and math.


Professor William Maxwell of the University of Advancing Technology to Deliver Lecture on Brain Fitness to Parents of Gifted Students
BusinessWire Dec 7, 2004

Maxwell will report on several experiments that his experienced teachers from 11 countries performed at elementary schools in Suva, Fiji. The essence of his lecture is that maintaining brain fitness is as important as maintaining body fitness. He will illustrate several exercises that facilitate brain fitness and cite research studies that support the idea that brain fitness is almost entirely under the control of both parents and children.


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