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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #3 Issue #12
ISSN: 0219-7642 March 18, 2005
Andrew Loh, Publisher
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Recently, I have been working on two community services. Deep down in my heart
I know I always wanted to give something back to the community. I used to think
that I can only give my times or money when I have achieved financial freedom or
when I'm retired. Then, I'll have all the times and money to do community service.
But, after reading
The Power of Giving by John Harricharan, I was touched by his spirit of Giving. John
chose to give even when he had so little to give. His story encouraged me to just go ahead
to give whenever it is deemed appropriate. I don't have to wait until I have enough to give.
I hope John's story inspires you too! Have a great weekend.
"If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little,
give of your heart."
- Arab Proverb
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Rewards and Praise: The Poisoned Carrot
By Robin Grille
Does a child who walks as early as ten months, generally more intelligent
than a child who walks at twelve months? Does a one year child who is able to say four single
words, early in his/her language development? Is there any
correlation between physical development and language
development in intelligences? Please advise.
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
bodily-kinesthetic skills here
My daughter turned 5 this past November and is enrolled in a full-day kindergarten
program. She is doing well; e.g., she is able to read Hop on
Pop almost entirely on her own and understands simple addition. My town
imposes a cut-off date for entry into the 1st grade that she does not meet
(must be 6 by Oct.1) but I do not want to hold her back. I've been looking
into some private schools and some use standardized tests such as
terra nova test to determine if she can enter their school.
My questions are:
1. Is such testing appropriate at this age?
2. What are your feelings about pushing her ahead?
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
terra nova test here
Recommended age: 3 - 6 years
Encourage the creativity even
at the youngest age. The Aqua Doodle is a child's version of
Magna Doodle only the children draw with water.
The image magically appears and after approximately 20
seconds the area dries and color disappears. Parents fill
the pen holders with water and wet the stamp pad. The child
draws comes with storage pouch, magic pen, and drawing mat.
Big enough for 2 to play on.
Whole brain learning is a new frontier for science
Santa Cruz Style March 7, 2005
What is whole brain learning? Whole brain learning affects each and every one of us throughout
every stage of life. Brain science helps determine what experiences and substances are most
likely to contribute to having a healthy brain.
Television: how much is too much?
IOL March 17, 2005
No matter the content of television, however educational, too much screen time is affecting
children, say teachers, and it's cause for concern.
Primary school teachers say they are noticing marked changes in the
behavior of young children, which include lack of concentration, poor language skills and low
Group links mercury to learning disabilities
Post-Gazette.com March 15, 2005
About 12 percent to 15 percent of all children and adults have
learning and other developmental disabilities, some of which are
caused by mercury exposure. Exactly how many are affected is
Heavy metals link to chronic illnesses
News Straits Times March 15, 2005
Autism, hyperactivity, chronic allergies, asthma and epilepsy,
among others, have been linked to toxic levels of heavy metals
such as mercury and lead in the blood.
Smoking During Pregnancy May Lower Child's IQ
JoinTogether.org March 7, 2005
The study said that, regardless of factors such as social status, women who smoked 20 or more
cigarettes daily late in their pregnancy were likely to have sons who tested more poorly on
standardized IQ tests at age 18 or 19. The more women smoked, the more profound the effect on
intelligence, the researchers found.
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