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Volume #5 Issue #15
ISSN: 0219-7642 Mar 25, 2007
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Drawing and painting are very good ways to boost a child's creative
thinking and imagination. You may have a little Picasso in the
making. And examining children's drawing may give us important insights
into how drawing fits into the overall physical, emotional, and
cognitive development of the young child. Here is a kindergartener's
artistic rendering of
a pair of scissors. I wonder what her teacher thought about
it....;-) Take care!
Thought for today:
" Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.
" - Dale Carnegie
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Stimulating Your Child's Creativity
Highly creative children have a reputation for having wild and silly
ideas. Their work is characterized by production of ideas 'outside
this world'. Find various non-authorization ways of learning to
stimulate the development of creative thinking in your child here.
I am in my late 50's and have child just turned 2 years to a
new partner. The child seems very gifted and has reached
milestones well ahead of other children and in comparison to your
gifted criteria. My new child seems to be a level or two above my first two
children in intelligence. Some of the milestones reached for
He was aware of his surroundings from birth and extremely
alert from this period.
Could sit up and was demanding solid food at 3 months.
Could stand up unaided at 5 months and would walk around the
He had a huge repertoire of words at 12 months. Would laugh
at funny events and jokes at an early age.
Would follow, understand and follow-out complex instructions
at 12 months.
He could differentiate between most colors at 12 months.
At 14 months when he pointed out some stars on a display, I
mentioned that there were two red stars. He corrected me and
said there were six stars and there were - two red and 4
white. We have never taught him to count.
His memory is outstanding for names, machines, locations. He
never forgets anything and only needs to be told once.
He doesn't seem to be introverted and naturally plays better
with much older children. He is physically very strong and
We are very careful when we talk around him as he picks up
on every word we say, even if it appears he isn't listening
or even asleep. Hope you can provide some advice.
A: From your description, it is
obvious that you have a very special child who is milestones
ahead of his age group. All of what you have described shows
that he is indeed very gifted and it is a very legitimate
concern that he gets the right nurturing to develop his
above average potential ....Read Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Above Average Intelligence here.
My son is 5 and has been reading since he was 3 years old. The issue
we were most concerned with is his hyperactivity as he is slightly
above normal, but not clinically significant. Academically, he
scored well above average in all disciplines, including math,
vocabulary, reading, etc. In fact, he scored in the 99.9 percentile
in reading and is assessed at an overall reading level of grade
3.0. Yet his IQ came back at 89, which is below average.
Because of his test results, small stature and relative immaturity
for his age, the evaluator is recommending we keep him back in Pre-K
this year. Personally, I think his would be a HUGE mistake. Not that
it means a lot, but I administered an IQ test to him that I found
online (for kids age 4-6) and he scored over 130. So, where do we go
I am very surprised looking at the IQ score, and I would also be
very concerned if my kid shows such a mismatch. Something appears
terribly wrong here, especially with the description you gave of
your son abilities. It is still acceptable to get an average score
of about 100 points, but in this case, the scores are below average
with does not match your description ...Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Mismatch between Academic Performance and IQ Scores here.
I have a six year old mildly autistic son. His school is requesting
that I get him an IQ test. How would this be done since he is only
six? Is it reading questions and writing answers?
See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
IQ Test for Mildly Autistic Children here.
I am a preschool teacher in Virginia. We have currently been
discussing Multiple Intelligences and how my principal would
like grade levels to have students take the MI evaluation.
Is there any form of the MI evaluation directed at lower age
levels (4 to 6 years)?
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's reply on
Multiple Intelligences Evaluation here.
How to Foster Creativity In All Children
By Mary Mayesky
How to Foster Creativity in All Children is designed for
those dedicated to helping young children reach their full
potential. This book has also been written for people who
want to know more about creativity, creative children,
creative teaching and creative activities in all areas of
Young children will need to know how to ask questions and
search for answers. Creativity is not limited to the art
medium; it also extends to every curriculum area. This book
was written to help present creative learning opportunities
for children throughout the curriculum. Features a practical
approach to creativity, a wide variety of activities in each
chapter with all activities classroom tested.
More Ways Than One: Fostering Creativity in the Classroom
By Arthur J. Cropley
Current conceptualizations of children's thinking tend to be
unneccesarily narrow, and to focus on what might be called
"convergent" thinking. As a result, invention and innovation
are often underemphasized in schools. This text aims to
encourage a broad understanding of intellect, and attempts
to help teachers to recognize and foster more varied forms
of intellectual activity in their students.
It offers a review of recent theory on creativity,
conceptualizing this as a matter of getting ideas, trying
the new, branching out and the like, rather than of
producing artistic or scientific products. It discusses the
factors in the classroom which block this more "divergent"
kind of thinking and suggests practical ways through which
teachers can promote bolder and more innovative intellectual
activity in their students.
Diet pill 'made children smart'
Guardian UK Mar 12, 2007
Four children whose brains and mental abilities were suddenly
transformed after they took a simple dietary supplement have
astonished scientists. Scans showed their brains underwent three
years' of development in just three months. At the same time they
displayed remarkable improvements in tests of reading,
concentration, problem-solving and memory.
Sleep disorders in children may hurt IQ
EarthTimes March 15, 2007
Sleep disorders in children may contribute to intellectual
impairment, say University of Virginia Health System researchers.
Dr. Paul M. Suratt, a pulmonologist and director of the university's
Sleep Laboratory, said vocabulary differences associated with
nightly snoring are the same as IQ dissimilarities attributed to
Is a baby sling the secret of good mental health?
Scotsman.com Mar 25, 2007
Parents should carry their babies in slings and give them massages
to prevent mental illness later in life, according to controversial
advice from the Scottish Executive. Amid growing concern that
a lack of parental bonding is adding to a mental health crisis, the
government's panel of psychiatrists and child health experts say it
is vital that a sense of wellbeing and security is encouraged in
Choosing The Best Room Colors For Baby Development
KSDK Mar 21, 2007
While most parents opt for pastel shades to both dress their baby
and decorate their rooms, a new study in the US has suggested
brighter colors could help develop babies' eyes and brain.
Horseplay is an important part of development
Eurekalert Mar 19, 2007
Playground roughhousing has long been a tradition of children and
adolescents, much to the chagrin of several generations of parents
who worry that their child will be hurt or worse, become accustom to
violence and aggression. But animal research may paint a different
portrait of rough and tumble play; one that suggests that social and
emotional development may rely heavily on such peer interaction.
Kids Learn Words Best By Working Out Meaning
ScienceDaily Mar 16, 2007
Toddlers learn new words more easily when they figure out the words'
meaning for themselves, research by a 22-year-old Johns Hopkins
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