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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #7 Issue #20
ISSN: 0219-7642 May 17, 2009
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Children are always very curious! They want to know about everything that happens around them. They want to touch different objects, feel them and learn about their shapes and
characteristics. Other children may badly want to know how a car engine works or what makes the car to move on its wheels. There are hundreds of different questions, some of which
are very simple, while the others are very difficult. One thing is sure – that all children ask too many questions about things and events that happen around them, every day and
throughout the year. A sense of curiosity makes your children ask all these questions.
So, what is curiosity? It is a psychological ability that comes almost automatically to your children. It helps your children solidify ideas, clarify questions, seek answers to all queries and
probe them in all possible angles. It also encourages your children differentiate how things and scenarios could be different. Curiosity is a state of mind that helps your children actively explore
immediate environment, ask the right type of questions, probe all possibilities and express a sense of deep wonder at those things that are amazing and surprising.
With curiosity, your children can easily find solutions to problems that almost center on such expressions as “why” and “how”. Questioning will lead your children to deeper-most levels
of knowledge that eventually helps them to create a meaningful equation between different aspects of life. A sense of heightened curiosity will also help your children become better citizens
and responsible individuals.
Is it possible to develop a sense of curiosity in your children? Although, curiosity is natural gift that comes automatically to your children, you may still need to nudge or slow-push them to find answers to
the most curious questions of life. As a parent, you may also wish to answer their questions with a sense of deep purpose, which is to make them empowered with the ability to find out solutions to
critical problems of life.
Curiosity can quench the thirst for acquiring useful and practical knowledge. It is also the pathway to heightened mental and brain development. When your children are curious, they can be the most productive people
on the planet. Have a nice day!
Thought for today:
"Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try." - Dennis DeYoung
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Children and Curiosity - Understanding the Equation
With curiosity, your children can be very smart and
intelligent, both in their classroom and society. The power of curiosity also helps your children in solving a number
of dicey problems. Curiosity could also be a complex thing!
Developing Curiosity in your Children - Some Simple Tips and Suggestions
Curiosity is very important to your children's life. It is possible to fuel your children's burning desire to know and master curious things of life. Curiosity also provides your child
an exciting moment to immerse themselves in finding the right type of answers to the most complex questions. Here are some useful tips and suggestions to all parents.
Q1: I just got my daughters result from
her IQ test and PR. Her scores from IQ test is 117 while her PR is 87. Kindly
interpret it for me. Thank you.
A: I assume this to be the latest
version of the WISC. It is a little difficult to determine much from
these scores alone as all the scores and percentiles are required
for better interpretation. However, I will help interpret based on
the scores provided but it may not accurately be descriptive of your
daughter's performance. The Full Scale IQ (FSIQ) of 117 indicates a
rather high intelligence quotient, however not amounting to the
level of giftedness. However, the Full Scale IQ score of the WISC-IV
often does not represent a child's intellectual abilities as well as
the General Ability Index (GAI) so you may want to check on that ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Intelligence Test Score Interpretation here.
Q2: I am a mother of a three and a half
year-old. My son displays a high degree of intuition. He does things
without apparent effort, like sports (soccer, miniature golf,
etc...), reading (age 2), writing, taking well centered pictures
with my camera, memorizing the 50 states (age 2), completing
puzzles, using the computer before age 2, rhyming (age 2),
recognizing numbers up to 100(age 2), spelling words before age 2,
completing Kindergarten and first grade worksheets with ease, and so
on. He is bilingual, he is fluent in English and able to communicate
in Spanish at an intermediate level. He has an amazing memory....
A: You have a truly special child there
with amazing abilities at such a young age. I am glad that you are
aware of his special ability and want to do as much as you can to
nurture his abilities to the maximum. There are many books out there
and it is hard to recommend one specifically. ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Resources for Parents of the Young Gifted here.
How Children Learn (Classics in Child Development)
By John Holt
"Children do not need to be made to learn," Holt maintains,
because each is born with what Einstein called "the holy
curiosity of inquiry." For them, learning is as natural as
breathing. First published in 1967, How Children Learn has
become a classic for parents and teachers, providing an
"effective, gentle voice of reason" (Life). First, Holt
believes that children are born learners and that there is a
curiosity in all children that begins at birth, not when
they are put in school.
His observations of young children reveal that their brains
are trying to make sense of the world. Children want to
solve problems; they like to think. The problem is that
parents and educators get in the way of this natural process
by placing children in large, impersonal schools, and by
teaching a meaningless curriculum in an industrial factory
Your Child's Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them
By Jenifer Fox
Fox, head of a girl's boarding school in New Jersey, writes
about a strengths-based curriculum she developed and
implemented with great success. She not only presents a
workbook that can be utilized by educators and parents, but
also offers a convincing argument in favor of over-turning
outdated curriculums and teaching methods.
Instead of focusing on weaknesses, Fox submits that children
do far better when the focus is on their strengths.
Childhood is for "creative dreaming," not preparation for
standardized tests. Fox identifies three types of strengths:
activity, learning and relationship strengths, and helps
parents guide their children toward self-discovery,
explaining that true strengths include not only what a child
is good at, but what she enjoys and makes her feel strong.
The Star Online May 13, 2009
Studies have shown that children who consume high glycemic index food have poorer word recall ability, attention span and memory power. NOT many parents realize this, but by three months old, a
baby's brain has developed 40% to 50% of the total adult number of brain cells. In the first year of a child's life, the brain gains weight by 2g a day.
Babies Brainier Than Many Imagine
The Science Daily May 7, 2009
A new study from Northwestern University shows what many mothers already know: their babies are a lot smarter than others may realize. Though
only five months old, the study's cuties indicated through their curious stares that they could differentiate water in a glass from solid blue
material that looked very much like water in a similar glass.
Mums who exercise boost baby IQ
The Times Online May 3, 2009
MOTHERS who exercise during pregnancy are helping to boost their child's IQ, according to research by American psychologists. In a challenge to the conventional wisdom,
that intelligence is 80% genetic, Richard E Nisbett, a psychologist and father of two, argues that recent findings point to a pivotal role for mothers. Fathers, whether absent
or doting, have relatively little influence over their offspring's intelligence.
How to raise a two-year-old genius
The Globe and Mail May 5, 2009
Pete and Ilona Pretorius suspected from an early age that their son, James, was special, particularly when he came home from his first day of kindergarten. "Mom, Dad, I think I'm in the wrong class," he said. "Why?" his parents wanted to know. "Because the teacher and I are the only ones who can read," he told them.
Parents key to children's early learning
Pal Item May 5, 2009
Those parents who seek out accredited private preschool programs and take advantage of Head Start get a jump out of the gate for their child's education. But parents who cannot
afford preschool programs, or are unwilling to use them, put their child's educational future at risk.
Toddler Becomes Youngest Mensa Member
The Afro May 6, 2009
With intelligence far beyond her years, Elise Tan Roberts, 2, has been inducted into Mensa, a society for people with high IQs. The child's IQ
is 156, which trumps the average person's IQ of 100. To put Roberts' intelligence in perspective, renowned thinker Albert Einsten's IQ was 160 as
An Affectionate Hug To Your Child Will Work Wonders
The Link May 12, 2009
Did you give your child a loving hug today? For a healthy growth of a child it is better to make hugging your child a daily ritual. In fact, stop for
a moment and think - "did you hug your child today when he/she came from school or when you returned from work?
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