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Volume #8   Issue #13

ISSN: 0219-7642    Jan 24, 2010

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Hi,
Many elders believe that learning is an art that can come only by understanding the core of the subject. Learning is something that comes naturally from inside you and your children. Learning is also a mutually beneficial process; you teach and your children learn and when you teach your children, you will learn from them. Learning is also a series of steps that are systematic and organized in nature. When your children learn something, they are just climbing one small step in the learning ladder.

Coyote teaching looks very strange to many people because of the misleading name, However, coyote teaching is perhaps the most intuitive and intelligent technique of teaching your children. Coyote teaching is just like mentoring or coaching. Coyote teachers are not exactly traditional teachers but they are the most revered mentors who can change the mind of your children towards learning lessons in the most objective way.

Coyote teaching and learning are just beautiful. It feels so exciting and thrilling to see your children trust their mind, feelings and self-belief to learn their lessons in a natural way. Feelings of curiosity and inquisitiveness in the minds of your children will drive them towards self-directed learning experience that is truly productive and highly beneficial. Your children will learn in a highly congenial atmosphere where no one forces them to learn anything out of sheer pressure. Above all coyote teaching system is natural and surreal. What more do you want from an educational system that makes your children brainy and brilliant? Have a nice day.

Thought for today:
"Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." - Anne Frank

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Coyote Teaching - Some Salient Points
Coyote teaching is quite different from other educational theory in its approach and technique. Learn to know the essential basics of coyote teaching before trying it on your children.

Coyote Teaching - Methods and Techniques
Coyote teaching is a wonderful system of education that relies heavily on the nature around the children. Coyote teachers are experienced mentors who can make your children learn how to be self-motivated and learn lessons in an objective way.

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Q1: I have recently begun to understand that my 7 year old son is a gifted child. His teachers speak of his intelligence in hushed tones but in the classroom he is failing. They believe that it is only a problem of discipline i.e. an exceptionally intelligent child must ipso facto mean a good student. whereas I believe that the system is failing him. At the moment I can identify him as a type 2 gifted child. What can I do personally in the absence of understanding at school (we live in Italy) to help my son literally not to get lost in this scholastic environment. Thank you!

A: I am so sorry that the system is failing your son, something that happens a lot when people are unaware of the different types of giftedness that exist. The typical Type 1 gifted is accounts for over 80% of gifted individuals as it is the most easily identifiable íV good scores, hardworking, perfectionist, loved by teachers and other adults, etc. Unfortunately, the Type 2 gifted is, more often than not, viewed as disruptive .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Failure of School to Identify Giftedness here.

Q2: Is it possible for a 12 year old with a SIT-R (Slosson Intelligence Test - Revised) standard score of 84 to improve it to by 6 points to be within the normal range? The age equivalency when she was given the test was 10.5 when in actuality she was 11.10. But we did repeat 1st grade, so she is one year behind in schooling than most kids her age...

A: he Slosson Intelligence Test serves as a quick estimate of general verbal cognitive ability or index of verbal intelligence. This test is suitable for screening purposes, although it has been recommend that additional (short form) of other comprehensive intelligence test batteries that are more psychometrically sound be used for detailed understanding of general intelligence... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on The Slosson Intelligence Test (SIT-Revised) here.

Q3: What is the difference between (WISC) and Woodcock Johnson Test (WJ)?

A: the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) is an intelligence test for children between the ages of six and 16 inclusive. This test can be completed without reading or writing. The WISC would generate an IQ score (the average score being 100). Apart from generating an IQ score, some practitioners also tend to use it to diagnose attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities; though to diagnose disorders it is best to use a battery of tests. ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Difference between the WISC and Woodcock Johnson Test here.

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The Art of Mentoring & Coyote Teaching
By John Young with Ellen Haas

How did natives teach their children the complex arts of living off the land? How did they awaken instinct, spirit, and a burning desire to know? How did they get children to learn for themselves? Can these educational methods help us teach our children today?

This audio series is for parents, outdoor educators, homeschoolers, youth leaders, community teachers, and anyone seeking ways to teach nature literacy and guide children to be eager and inquisitive life-long learners (and to help heal nature deficit disorder). Native people traditionally taught their children to understand the world by mentoring them in nature's ways.

 

Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature
By Jon Young, Evan McGown and Ellen Haas

Awareness! Belonging! Connection! Speaking directly to these needs, Coyote's Guide sparks our natural gift of curiosity. At eight or forty-eight, when the power of mystery pulls us into nature, we follow. Think of these personal rewards: the excitement of discovery, real connection with animals and plants, and a sense of belonging through knowing our place on the planet.

With this manual in one hand and someone we care about in the other, Coyote inspires us to follow curiosity's magic with respect for the completely natural world. Coyote's Guide is like an ice-cubed drink of fresh-squeezed lemonade after a sun-blasted hike through the desert. This is nature education as it should be; mysterious, timeless, hopeful, evocative and playful. The nature activities in Coyote's Guide are fantastic, you cannot wait to try them.

 


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Infant brain development
Slide Share Jan 12, 2010

Understanding child brain-development is a complex task. As a parent, you may need learn, know and understand how your baby's brain develops is quite important. This slide series is a wonderful repository of information related to child brain development.


Eating bacon and eggs during pregnancy could boost a babies intelligence
Nursing Times Jan 10, 2009

Bacon and eggs could help pregnant women boost the intelligence of their unborn child, according to The Daily Telegraph. Several other papers have also made the link between the results of complex animal research and the supposed benefits of a fry-up.


Spare the rod, spoil the child's IQ score
SMH Dec 10, 2009

RESEARCH has shown that smacking your children makes them brainier. Could there be any sweeter music to the ears of harassed parents counting the seconds until schools reopen? According to research from Marjorie Gunnoe, professor of psychology at Calvin College in Michigan, children smacked before the age of six perform better at school when they are teenagers. They are also more likely to do voluntary work and to want to go to university than their peers are.


Baby Development - Mozart Therapy: A Sonata a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
MUMMUMS Dec 18, 2010

Parents and researchers alike have known for some time that music is both a great learning tool and lots of fun. Music has been thought to boost brain power from babies to college students, as a controversial 1993 study found college students improved IQ scores by listening to 10 minutes of Mozart; sending parents everywhere to the music store. Although that study was found to inconclusive, a recent study brought Mozart's music back into focus but this time for premature babies.


Baby needs to socialize too
Sunday Times Jan 17, 2010

Play with the child, talk to him, take the child when visiting relatives and friends, show him the flowers and birds, she says, explaining that social interaction is of vital importance for the child's development. For, if there is a vulnerability or predisposition towards autism, early interaction with the child and intervention may help reduce the effects, the Sunday Times understands.


Make Time for Play
KY Post Jan 15, 2010

Why is it important to get your child or grandchild 60 minutes of play each day? The most staggering reason is that one out of every three children in Kentucky is obese or overweight. One in three! I don't know about you but that statistic is shocking and scary to me. Along with obesity comes a plethora of health issues, and these issues begin in early childhood.


The healing power of touch
Ode Magazine Jan 19, 2010

Touch is the first sensation we feel when we come into this world. A child's mental, emotional and physical well-being initially depends a lot on a tender touch. Doctors insist on a newborn baby being placed immediately on the mother's bosom to feel her heartbeat and to experience the gentle touch of her arms around the body. This helps the child gain a profound sense of security and it later helps in developing their self-esteem, as an adult.


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