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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #7   Issue #8

ISSN: 0219-7642    Nov 23, 2008

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Hi,
Traditional parenting techniques always relied on teaching children how to study for school, study hard and get very good grades. Scholastic and academic achievement were two of the most important yardsticks that were used to measure the individual's intelligence and skills. However, well-known academicians and education experts now believe that scholastic and academic skills are not only the parameters needed to ensure your child's success. Your children need more sophisticated and polished brain building abilities and capacities that can provide a forward momentum to build their future life from scratches.

Smart play is a technique of using highly productive, interactive and beneficial playtime specially designed and created for your growing children. Smart play is also a playtime that can help your child learn how senses work and in what way they can help them to develop their intellect. Smart play is a new and modern term that helps your child develop basic brain based skills and talent that go far beyond the conventional type of intelligence that is restricted mainly to academic performance.

Active and smart play provides your child an exciting time of learning and mastering unique life skills that will go a long way in ensuring both professional and personal success. There are a number of skills and processes that your children simply cannot learn and master, unless they apply the basic principles of smart play. Brain building through smart play is a continuous process that helps you build your child's brain by empowering to critically think, seriously probe and evaluate complex things that occur around them.

There are several ways and methods that help parents develop their children's brain. While unconventional methods help you to create your own smart play episodes inside your house, corporate toy manufacturers design and create some of the most thoughtful and ingenious smart playthings and toys that can help your child develop a number of important skills like cognitive, fine motor, social, mechanical and critical thinking skills. All the best!

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"Children are like wet cement! Whatever falls on them makes an impression!" - Haim Ginott

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>> FEATURE ARTICLE

Child Brain Building through Smart Play - Understanding the Basics
Recent research on child brain development informs parents how they can use new brain building techniques to promote intelligence and smartness in their children. Smart play is possibly the most critical type of play that can help their children to learn highly sophisticated and polished life, social, logistic, communication, thinking and cognitive skills.

Brain Building through Smart Play - Techniques and Tips
Brain building through smart play is a highly polished and intelligent technique that can help parents make their children smart, intelligent and talented. Parents want their children to become successful in their life. Using a number of techniques of smart play is a different, but efficient way of building your children's brain.

>> ASK AN EXPERT

Q1: I live in March in Cambridgeshire and for some time now i have been contemplating contacting someone with regards to the remarkable behaviour that my 2 year old son seems to be exhibiting. He has a fascination with numbers and everything numerical and for several months now has been able to do some remarkable things. He has a till (very much like a calculator) which he loves to sit at, inputing numbers and being told which number to put in. You may not think this amazing until you hear that the numbers we are talking about can be anything from zero to 50,000 !!! I can ask him to put in say 36 thousand 365 (said as a whole number), and in it goes....

A: Your son's abilities are really remarkable and he has reached milestones way ahead of his age group. Doing what he has been doing at two is not at all common. It may be quite difficult to advice well here as he may need to be observed by a professional and advise you accordingly since your son appears to have exceptional abilities. Somehow, I will try to give you some information based on my experience... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Nurturing Remarkable Abilities here.

Q2: We just received my son's Terra Nova scores. His Total Score was in the 97th percentile with 99s in Language, Math Compu, Science, and Social Studies, 98s in Language Mechancies & Language Composite, 97 in Reading, 96 in Reading Composite & Math Composite, 95 in Spelling, 91 in Vocabulary, 90 in Math, and 84 in Word Analysis. Needless to say, my wife and I are ecstatic ...Any advice on how to proceed would be helpful. While we presume being in the 97th percentile is extraordinary, we just don't know how extraordinary and would appreciate any guidance.

A: I assume that your son should be around eight to nine years of age. His scores are rather high for the Terra Nova and I believe that he should be placed in an advanced program at school. Perhaps, being in a parochial school, the school may be rather close-minded on the needs of bright children and unless he is placed in a school that cater towards his needs, you may want to put in some effort on your own for his educational development. Having a score of 90 and 97th percentile does make a difference in terms of the educational needs for a child, so it may not be very fair for the school to say that his needs are being met.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Guiding Social and Intellectual Skills of a Bright Boy with ADD here.

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Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Build a Better Brain and Increase IQ up to 30 Points
By David Perlmutter and Carol Colman

Perlmutter, a neurologist and physician, helps parents utilize that "brief window of opportunity in a child's life when parents can help create a brain that is built for optimal performance." Some of the book's advice ought to be common knowledge - establish a healthy diet, avoid toxins and limit television and video games - but Perlmutter's detailed guidelines take the guesswork out of smart parenting.

Even more helpful is the inclusion of several simple, age-appropriate games that parents can play with their small children to help them develop the skills they will need, without resorting to dull test-and-drills (which, he argues, stifle creativity).

 

Your Child's Growing Mind: A Guide to Learning and Brain Development from Birth to Adolescence
By Jane M. Healy

This book became an instant classic when it was published in 1987, and has been a cornerstone for educators ever since. Now revised and updated to reflect recent findings in brain research, this book guides parents, teachers, and caregivers as they gauge the level of development of an individual child's brain.

A solid gold gift to anyone teaching or parenting or encountering the learning child. Jane Healy seems to have it all - the richness and insight from the think tank, the wisdom and experience of her life. The completely updated and expanded version of the 1987 classic hailed by parents and educators everywhere

 


>> LATEST BRAINY NEWS


My Brilliant Brain - Born Genius
Online Documentaries Nov 19, 2008

According to National Geographic Channel's new documentary My Brilliant Brain - Born Genius, there are born geniuses, and then there are whiz-kids who can be trained to become geniuses. How? By providing a nurturing environment to bring out the best in a child's capability! If there are parents out there who are looking for tips to make Einstein’s our of their children, this is a documentary not to be missed.


Benefits of Teaching Music to Children: Music and Brain Research
Hematopathologist Nov 14, 2008

An Artistic Processes Model that leads to independent musicianship. *There are three Artistic Processes involved in instruction and assessment. Creating, Performing, and Responding Developmentally appropriate goals and objectives at each grade level will give more rounded instruction and assessment, and allow kids to find success in many ways.


Is my child gifted?
Home Town Life Nov 13, 2008

When working with parents and teachers, one of the questions I most often hear is, "How do I know if my child is smart or is gifted?" This is a valid question since, according to Dr. Bertie Kingore, there are three types of highly-capable students: the High Achiever, the Gifted Learner and the Creative Thinker. The table illustrates the subtle difference between the groups.


Developing Fine Motor Control
Deccan Herald Nov 20, 2008

When we talk about "Fine Motor Control";, we mean the way we use our fingers, the way we pick up things, the way we use a pen or pencil to write. There is much controversy about the way we teach children handwriting and also about the fact that some children have good handwriting whilst others do not. There is also the question in the minds of educationalist: “Do we force children to write too quickly; before they are ready for it?


Why Babies Can (and Should) Learn to Read
126126 Nov 18, 2008

Contrary to the popular view, children are ready to learn to read while they are still babies. In fact, the best time is before age 5. Several scientific studies show that this is not only true, but also that early learning is highly beneficial for many aspects of life. This article explains the reasons why a children’s best time to learn is at infancy.


Listen to how they say what they say
Sunday Times Nov 18, 2008

Children, from the moment of birth, are constantly learning and developing their abilities and skills - including that of speech and language. The way parents and caregivers interact with them will determine the path that language development takes in the crucial first five years.


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