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Volume #10 Issue #07
ISSN: 0219-7642 September 18, 2011
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I would like to share with you a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
Children Learn What They Live
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
Thought for today:
"We have no choice of what color we're born or who our parents are or whether we're rich or poor. What we do have is
some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here." - Mildred Taylor
Publisher & Editor, BrainyZine
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What is Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence?
Howard Gardner believes that bodily-kinesthetic intelligence is a hidden gift for many children
because it helps them in learning in a practical sense. Unfortunately, most people believe
that such intelligence does not exist as they think those children who are physically active
and agile as public nuisance. Find out what is bodily-kinesthetic intelligence here.
Bodily Kinesthetic Learning Style - Teaching Physically Active Learners
The learning style adopted by a bodily kinesthetic child is dynamic,
instantaneous and immediate and it is through some kind of bodily
actions! Both parents and teachers may need to introduce a hands-on
learning system to teach kinesthetic children. Read more here!
Q1: My daughter is 9 years old and is
extremely bright. I am unsure if there is more I should be doing for
her. She gets very bored easily and it seems she gets depressed due
to this, Lately she is either writing, building or sleeps
(excessively) every hour she is not in school.
I don't understand a lot about the testing process but will try to
recite what I know. The first recommendation to have her tested came from her Pre-K teacher.
She read going into Pre-K and mastered it by the middle of the year. She
was first tested in 1st grade , her score was like 132 but they said the
mean or average or something was (128 IQ).
She was not placed in accelerated classes until 3rd grade....
A: Your child is definitely gifted and
highly talented. It is amazing that she has maintain passion and
realises what she would want to pursue at this stage and actually
getting it done! I personally feel that she is being held back in
her development. The school appears to be trying their best to
accommodate but perhaps, there is just so much that they are able to
do. They may not even have teachers with proper training to help a
gifted and talented child..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Gifted Child Held Back here.
Q2: My son Marcus is now 2 years and 3
months old and is the only child we have. We were watching a program
about the solar system yesterday, and he wakes up this morning to
name me all the planets in the solar system, starting from sun,
Mercury then all the way to Neptune. He even quizzed me the order of
the planets, and hinted me the answer by describing the Earth as
"blue and white, and has moon"; Jupiter as "biggest" and told me the
two which have rings are Saturn and Uranus....
A: From your description, Marcus
certainly has advanced really fast developmentally. It is amazing
that he is doing what you described at this age and I am glad that
you have been aware about it and have allowed his growth rather
naturally. You have a potentially gifted child in the making and it
is going to be a wonderful journey! Firstly, you would need to equip
yourself with the understanding of giftedness and how to help him
further maximise his cognitive development...... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
A Gifted Toddler here.
Q3: I have a 5 year old boy in my
kindergarten class who can read at an extremely high level (possibly
a middle school or higher level). He can decode words very quickly.
I read the list of characteristics of a gifted child and so far he
meets just about every item on the list. We are a small private
preschool and our highest grade is Kindergarten. His mother is
afraid he will not be challenged in the class and I am thinking she
A: I am very touched to read about
teachers like you who would go that extra mile to help a child. From
your description, this child is really special and as you have done
some internet research on it, I believe that he is gifted. It
appears that there may not be provision for children with higher
abilities at your school, hence you may need to put that extra
effort to help him maximise his potential and this is the time to do
it before he goes on to formal school..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Class Enrichment for a Gifted Kindergartner here.
Every Body Can Learn: Engaging the Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence in the Everyday Classroom
By Marilyn Nikimaa Patterson
True to one of the basic tenets of writing, the book shows rather than tells...The author
consistently conveys ideas through metaphor, symbolism and simile, without extraneous words
or overly elaborate imagery. This makes for a fun and engaging read.
In addition to the treasury of classroom activities, lesson plans, and assessment tools,
this book contains valuable essays on how and why to integrate this intelligence in the classroom.
Celebrating Every Learner: Activities and Strategies for Creating a Multiple Intelligences Classroom
By Thomas R. Hoerr, Ph.D, Sally Boggeman, Christine Wallach and the New City School
This important book offers a practical guide to understanding how Howard Gardner's theory
of Multiple Intelligences (MI) can be used in the classroom. Gardner identified eight
different types of intelligence: linguistic, logical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic,
naturalist, interpersonal, and intrapersonal.
Celebrating Every Learner describes the characteristics of each type of intelligence and
follows up with ready-to-use lesson plans and activities that teachers can use to incorporate
MI in their pre-K through 6 classrooms.
Boosting child's brain, as easy as 1-2-3
DL Online Sep 09, 2011
According to Charles Hillman, an associate professor with the
University of Illinois, 20-minute spurts of moderate physical
activity can increase a brain’s capacity “at the molecular,
cellular, systems and behavioral levels,” essentially increasing a
child’s ability to learn by 5 to 10 percent.
Phil Lempert Lists Best Brain Foods for Kids to Increase Memory and Fuel Busy School Days
Yahoo Sep 13, 2011
According to Phil Lempert aka the SupermarketGuru, eating
nutrient-dense meals, and snacks, and staying hydrated at regular
intervals and avoiding processed, sugary foods can boost brain
development, improve concentration, and provide a child's energy to
make it through a school day.
Stay healthy to stay smart: Why DISEASE is the biggest factor in determining how clever you are
Daily Mail Sep 7, 2011
Scientists from the University of New Mexico analysed IQs across the United States and declared that
exposure to infectious disease had a huge effect on brain power. They say the reason for this is that
humans- and especially children - devote a great deal of energy running their brains. If a disease
crops up that diverts that energy, then intelligence inevitably suffers.
Why is the average IQ higher in some parts of the world?
ZME Science Sep 7, 2011
Being smart is the most valuable thing a man can have for himself; seriously – this is not a metaphor. Studies
have shown that babies spend as much as 90% of their energy building their brains, and even as an adult, 25%
of your energy goes directly to the brain.
Engaged dads boost IQ, behavior in kids
UPI Aug 31, 2011
Dads engaged in raising their children -- not necessarily living with them - can help make offspring
smarter and better behaved, Canadian researchers say.
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