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Volume #5 Issue #23
ISSN: 0219-7642 July 22, 2007
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For all the Harry Potter fans out there, the last installment of JK
Rowling's Harry Potter series, called “Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows” was released on July 21 with much ‘fanfare' such as the
full book was leaked online on a Bittorrent file-sharing site or an
online US publisher was sued over shipping the books to customers
before the 12.01am July 21 sales date. On top of this things, a
Roman Catholic priest and exorcist coordinator of the Archdiocese of
Mexico City made the comments that the popular Harry Potter book and
film series could allow the devil to enter children's minds and does
'a lot of damage' ....;-).
I don't know about you, I just don't have the time to read such a
thick book. Most probably I will catch the movie. Will I bring my
kids to the movie? Well, I don't live in Mexico City, I guess the devil can't
do any harm to my kids ...;-). Take care!
Thought for today:
" No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future. " - Anonymous
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Kids Learn A Lot of Skills From The World Of Play
By Ken Mathie
For children, play is their work. It is naturally enjoyable, of
course, but more than that, it is their way of learning about the
world. It helps them naturally engage in things that interest them.
Play gives very young children the means to experience the world
through their own eyes, which is vital for their development. Read
Learning and Play - Maximize the Value of Your Childs Playtime
By Paul Fox
Playtime is an essential part of growing up. Through play children
hasten their own development while they learn about the world around
Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
By Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D
This book shows why and how to
step away from the cult of achievement and toward a more
nurturing home life full of imaginative play and love of
learning. Play is Back!
Montessori Play And Learn: A Parent's Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six
By Lesley Britton
We all want the best possible
starts in life for our children, and one of the best
possible starts in life, educationally, is the "method"
pioneered by Maria Montessori and taught successfully today
throughout the world.
Now, Lesley Britton, the
leading Montessori practitioner in England for more than
twenty years, will show parents how to bring Montessori
home. If you would like to facilitate the development of
your child's unique personality, make it possible for him to
develop to his full intellectual capacity, and help him
become socially and emotionally well adjusted, then this is
the book for you.
Is your child normal?
Yorkshire Post July 11, 2007
Is your child developing normally? Every kid is different, of
course, but research shows that there are things you could and
should be doing to appropriately stimulate and engage your toddler.
There is increasing evidence that experience-based brain development
in the early years of life sets neurological and biological pathways
that affect lifelong health, learning and behaviour.
Figuring out what's normal?
LA Times July 16, 2007
The National Institutes of Health Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study
of Normal Brain Development, an encyclopedic and unprecedented
project, will track the growth and structural changes of healthy
children's brains as they develop from birth to late adolescence -
providing developmental researchers and pediatricians with a
benchmark, finally, of what is "normal.".
Researchers explore links between short-term memory, IQ
CBC News July 12, 2007
Psychologists at the University of Oregon researched short-term
memory capacity and a possible underlying link to general
intelligence. They found individual short-term memory capacity
varied from person to person, but that capacity was a strong
indicator of IQ and scholastic aptitude. They also found people with
high IQs could think about more things simultaneously.
Why are children today so unhappy?
DailyMail July 18, 2007
According to figures released last month, one in ten now suffers
from a clinically-recognised mental health problem, and earlier this
year a UNICEF report on "childhood well-being" found that out of 21
nations across the developed world, British children are the
unhappiest. A damning survey by the National Consumer Council,
reported in the Mail, revealed that children who watch too much
television and spend hours on the internet are "greedy and unhappy".
New fear over MMR link with rising autism
Telegraph UK July 10, 2007
Two of the seven experts who contributed towards the study, Dr Fiona
Scott and Dr Carol Stott, are reported to have said in private that
they thought the high figure could be linked to the use of the
measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. However, last night Dr
Scott denied this was the case.
Fish oil's effect on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder studied
Chronicle Journal July 10, 2007
Dr. Ed Rawana, director for the Centre of Excellence for Children
and Adolescents with Special Needs, said a new Omega-3 fatty acid
supplement has shown dramatic results in children with ADHD.
Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 and
omega-6 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as
normal growth and development. But this is not an ordinary Omega-3
supplement that can be purchased over the counter. Dubbed Eye Q, the
mixture of fish and plant-derived lipids will be measured for its
effectiveness at reducing attention difficulties.
Maternal fish consumption aids infants in problem-solving
physorg July 18, 2007
Pregnant and nursing women should consume fish or take supplements
with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, as a new study found that just a
moderate amount of DHA significantly improves fetal and infant
development of problem-solving abilities, according to Carol Lammi-Keefe,
who is now an LSU professor.
Flu while pregnant can harm fetus
The Australian July 16, 2007
Women who catch the flu during pregnancy are up to seven times more
likely to have a child with schizophrenia - and scientists believe
they have finally figured out why. A rogue protein, interleukin 6 -
produced when a pregnant woman is fighting a viral infection - may
help trigger mental illnesses such as autism and schizophrenia in
the child, US neuroscientist Paul Patterson said yesterday.
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