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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #11 Issue #20
ISSN: 0219-7642 March 17, 2013
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Sometime back, the Newsweek magazine published
a thought-provoking article that related to preschool children asking a minimum of hundred questions per
day to their parents. More often, parents never respond to these tricky questions that center around
“why”, “how” and “what” aspects of the question.
The magazine (Newsweek) also reported that such questions might never stop
during early childhood, while children might stop asking any more questions altogether as they enter their middle school. Incidentally, this is the time when children's
internal motivation and active engagement with learning actually crash! The Newsweek concluded that children might lose their interest, because they stopped asking delicate questions to their parents.
In other words, when curiosity disappears from children' life, creativity will automatically
cease to exist too! Curiosity always leads to higher levels of thinking and problem solving
abilities that in turn help children to develop different types of creativity. Creativity may
never come automatically to our children. Opportunities to ask questions, evaluating them and
developing a power to imagine are the three important ingredients to develop creativity. In other
words, creativity is the stepping-stone to academic and professional success. All the best.
Thought for today:
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious
and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
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Nurturing Creativity in Children - Understanding Basics and Comprehending Fundamentals
To be creative, children should see things in fresh ways and from a very different
perspective. In addition, they may also need to synthesize new options
and opportunities so that they learn something new and fresh. Read more here!
Unlocking the Power of Creativity in Children - Learning Simple Techniques
It is possible to nurture the art of creative thinking in children.
Creativity is a skill that children must cultivate with consistent
practice and determination. Here are some simple ideas and
suggestions to teach children how they can be creative.
Q1: I have 8 year old triplets born
06/09/2004. They are in 3rd grade. My one son Joey has always been
an advanced learner. He was reading in preschool and has been doing
Math in his head as long as I can remember. He has an exceptional
ability to remember facts. While in second grade the school
administered the CogAt test......This son of mine confuses me with
his intelligence. I am not sure what avenues to pursue with him. He
was moved up to 4th grade math 5 weeks into this school year and is
excelling in the class. The school has no gifted and talented
program until 5th grade.
A: From his scores alone, it is clear
that Joey is in the highly gifted range. Briefly, The Cognitive
Abilities Test (CogAT) is a test administered to K-12 students to
assess their abilities in three areas; verbal reasoning, nonverbal
reasoning and quantitative reasoning. This test is most commonly
used by schools to determine placement for gifted and talented
programs. CogAT scores are reported in terms of percentiles and
stanines rather than IQ, which compares students to their peers......
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - Highly Gifted Child here.
The Genius in Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity, and Creativity in Children
By Rick Ackerly
Every parent wants the best for their child and it can be difficult for parents to watch
from the sidelines when their child goes off to school. But Rick Ackerly helps parents
through this transition with a reassuring book that shows them that while they will always
be their child's first teacher and can continue to see themselves as educators, it is
critical that "parents" and "teachers" play their respective positions.
The accounts and learnings in The Genius in Every Child are so deep and layered, you feel
in your bones Rick Ackerly's forty years of teaching kids and parents how to grow their
brilliance. This book, and Rick, have so much heart and wisdom, you'll not only read their
words gratefully, you'll return to them again and again. This just might be the only book
on parenting you'll ever need.
Child of Wonder: Nurturing Creative and Naturally Curious Children
By Ginger Carlson M'd
Nurture children who think, wonder, and love to learn! The first book in The Wonder Collection
series, Child of Wonder is a well-organized, easy-to-read collection of hundreds of inspiring
ideas and techniques to help parents and educators guide children in creative development.
This delightful and useful book is a joyous antidote to the canned electronic amusements, which
stifle our kids' creative juices. Parents and teachers who explore its wealth of ideas will
benefit themselves, their children, and the potential of our society
The Genius of Raising Brilliant Kids: A Conversation With Jack Andraka's Parents
Forbes Feb 02, 2013
He is the son of an engineer and anesthetist who has vaulted his way onto the main stage of science and
innovation. Jack's work on developing a rapid, highly sensitive and inexpensive test for cancer has made
headlines around the world.
Gifted children need teachers who set intellectual challenges
Deccan Herald Feb 21, 2013
Gifted Education (GE) is the umbrella term for enriching, diversifying, and modifying curriculum to meet
the needs of gifted children: the need for stimulation and challenge. Because of their advanced cognitive
development and (usually) rapid pace of work, gifted children in a typical Indian classroom spend lots of
time unoccupied and bored.
Arts & Crafts: Building blocks for self-expression
Boulder Weekly Mar 13, 2013
For kids, art is more than just finger painting and doodling. It is their best chance to learn about
and express their own emotions, according to some child psychologists.
Reading to kids at early age helps development
Tulsa World Mar 04, 2013
University of Tulsa education professor Diane Beals said reading to
young children - those too young to understand what you're saying -
is a way for kids to receive warm and responsive interaction from
adults, which is important.
12-year-old Indian-origin girl is smarter than Einstein
Niti Central Mar 07, 2013
A 12-year-old Indian-origin girl in UK surprised everyone after she surpassed geniuses like Einstein and
Stephen Hawking in terms of IQ level. An IQ test participated by the child prodigy has confirmed that she
possesses an incredible 162.
Why IQ is a myth
Timesofindia Mar 10, 2013
Now, why is an IQ score absurd? If you
can't compare raw IQ scores, it hardly tells you how important (not
statistically significant but another level of significance) or
large the variation in real terms is.
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