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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #8 Issue #15
ISSN: 0219-7642 Feb 21, 2010
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Memory and learning show a marked degree of correlation that is often direct and mutual.
Learning process can quicken when the brain cells store large amount of information and
later retrieve them for productive purposes. However, not all children have equal degree
of memory power. Some children can have extraordinary abilities to recall and retrieve
stored information. On the other hand, many other children show a poor ability to recall
and retrieve information. The reasons for poor memory could be numerous.
Poor memory power could be due to genetic and hereditary factors. It could also be due to
very poor nutrition especially in the fist six or seven years. Poor study methods and teaching
could be the other reasons for poor memory power. Whatever the case, parents will need to help
their children develop memory power by using standard techniques designed exclusively for this
purpose. It is possible for you to boost memory and learning in your children. Please take your
time to study some of the simplest methods of enhancing memory and learning. Have a nice day.
Thought for today:
"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." - George Washington Carver
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Boosting Memory and Learning in Your Child - Fundamentals
Memory is a process of retaining information in your brain and later recall and retrieve them for a number of purposes.
Memory is a basic brain function that depends on many factors. Better memory in children will help them perform better
in both classroom and life.
Boosting Memory and Learning in Your Child - Basic Methods
Boosting memory and subsequent learning is possible by using a number of easy methods. Parents can use these methods to
enhance and boost memory in their children at least by some degree. Some of these methods look to improve the nutritional
standard in your children, while others relate to brainy techniques and solutions.
Q1: I am trying (like many parents) to
get a gauge of my son's learning potential-level so I can provide
the best for him. I am looking for concrete examples of normal vs. advanced
reasoning for a 20-24 month old....
A: It appears quite obvious that your
son's development is rather advanced, something gifted children
usually master by two years of age.
For a 24 month old child, the average development would see
the child being able to feed oneself with a spoon, drink
from a straw, recognize parts of the face and points them
out when asked, take things apart, ability to build tower
... etc. A gifted
child would show about 30% advanced development of some
skills and abilities by weeks, months or even years.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Developmental Milestones of a Gifted Toddler here.
Q2: My daughter is five years old now.
She was a very alert baby. We had difficult time making her sleep
since she would wake up and cry for attention when the phone rings,
or even when we talked quietly in the house. She was a very active
toddler. We had a hard time when we first put her into a preschool
classroom. She was not able to sit still during circle/story time
and was not able to stay in one spot during snack time...
A: Is a rough guide, at about 3 plus,
your daughter should have a vocabulary of around 500 words leading
towards 1,200 words or more by age 4. By 5 years of age, she should
be able to, identify some letters of the alphabet, use six words in
a sentence, use “and,” “but,” and “then” to make longer sentence.
Having said that, preschoolers range widely in the number of words
that they use and this guide is just an average development of most
kids within the mentioned age range. On the other hand, gifted
children tend to talk earlier, have larger vocabularies, and use
longer sentences in comparison to their non-gifted peers.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Speech Delays, Social Concerns and Giftedness here.
Q3: I have a foster child who has been
with me for 5 years since age 6. He came from an abusive and
neglected background. At age 6 he battled to talk properly, couldn't
hold a pen to write or draw, couldn't even open a simple sweet
wrapper. I was originally told by the social worker that he is
A: I am so sorry to hear the issues you
are going through. I think you may need some constant help
professionally in bringing up this precious child. It is hard to
advise without seeing and talking to him in person so I will try to
guide you a little. What you need to be aware of is that most gifted
children tend to be emotionally quite sensitive; in your case
perhaps he is highly sensitive and emotional.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Adopted Gifted Child here.
Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power
By Susan M. Heim and Holly Engel-smothers
Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power is a recipient of the
prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards
honours excellence in family-friendly media, products and
services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education,
media and other experts as well as parents, children,
librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and
business professionals, authors, scientists and others.
A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C.
Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of
Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby
Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York
Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational
speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul
books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of
the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the
Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and
products for children and families.
Bright From the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3
By Jill Stamm and Paula Spencer
Dr. Jill Stamm's Bright from the Start gives parents the most leading-edge approach to maximizing their children's
intellectual potential - a powerful advantage in today's competitive world. These are critically important tools that
will enhance your child's mind and solidify the parent-child bond. In the tradition of the WHAT TO EXPECT books, BRIGHT
FROM THE START gives parents of newborns and toddlers essential information on healthy development. What we are learning
today from brain research is amazing, and this book makes that research into a parent-friendly tool.
I highly recommend
this practical and very important book. Jill Stamm has synthesized an important set of brain science findings and made
them accessible to all those interested in offering children the best of cutting-edge knowledge on what helps a child develop.
Teachers can influence brain development
Lethbridge Herald Feb 18, 2010
Teachers can influence brain development in their students and sometimes they may make all the
difference in the world to a child. Children require physical protection, limit setting and a
stable environment but their primary need is for ongoing, nurturing relationships, said Robbin Gibb,
a University of Lethbridge neuroscientist, during her keynote speech Thursday at the Western Canadian
Association for Student Teaching conference at the U of L.
Sexy science: How to spot a genius
The Times Feb 17, 2010
What makes a mathematical genius? Is there anything that is architecturally distinct about the
brain of those who have extreme talent compared with the average numerate individual? Was Isaac Newton's
brain hardwired for mathematics, or was he just in the right place at the right time when he discovered
the calculus? Why did Carl Friedrich Gauss excel at so many different areas of maths, finding patterns
in the primes and creating new?
Is your child on par?
Calgary Herald Feb 18, 2010
The three-year-old brain may not be as much of a mystery as a toddler's parents might think it is. In
fact, research has shown that the more parents understand their child's developmental milestones, the
more sensitive and skilful they become in raising their children. So, rather than worrying about whether
toddlers are on par with their peers, and ready to conquer the preschool environment, why not find out
where they should be at for their age?
Nutrition: The recipe for preschool success
Calgary Herald Feb 18, 2009
For busy parents, it can be an accomplishment just getting their children out of the house on time -- forget
about planning healthy snacks. But a healthy diet is crucial to ensuring little bodies develop and grow and
that pint-sized scholars are working to their maximum potential, says Barb Thomas, Holistic Nutritionist and
owner of Love2Eat Nutritional Consulting.
Babies and books
Daily Tidings Feb 12, 2010
Ashland librarians are fond of saying it is never too early to encourage a love of books in children. When they
say "never too early," they really mean it. In addition to the library's many story times for kids and Babies in
the Library programs, all designed to encourage literacy and the joys of reading, the
library now has teamed with Ashland Community Hospital to get babies hooked on reading fresh out of the womb.
MB Feb 05, 2010
Reading at 3 years old. Playing a musical instrument at an early age. Getting one perfect score after another in
school. We think we know what giftedness in children means, but really, we don't. According to educator and gifted
and talented specialist Mary Ellen Ryan, who was recently in the country to facilitate the 12th Annual Convention-Workshop
for the Philippine Association for the Gifted, nobody really has one definition of giftedness.
Positive discipline helps children learn to control their impulses
Vancouver Sun Feb 08, 2010
All too often the word discipline goes hand in hand with the concept of punishment."So the idea of positive discipline
might seem odd to some people," says clinical psychologist Joan Durrant. But in her lexicon discipline means teaching,
and it's based on building blocks that help children succeed.
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