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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #10 Issue #01
ISSN: 0219-7642 June 26, 2011
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The Power of Forgiving is the most potent tool ever known to humanity. A magical potion, it has
the ability to mend fences, repair tottering relationships, dispel suspicion and streamline family bonds.
All of us commit errors, blunder or make mistakes. In fact, no one is immune from these errors, blunders
The Power of Forgiving assumes a lot of importance in a home and a family setting. Children are
prone to make common, errors and blunders. Because of their developing brains, they may not know what is
right from wrong. Adults in a family also make occasional mistakes and blunders.
Adults may need to develop the art of forgiving their children. It is a noble act and a wonderful gesture.
Everyone in a family gains a lot by displaying this great attitude. It is a symbol of tolerance and patience
as well. No one in the family should feel embarrassed by committing an error or mistake. Likewise, everyone
should be ready to forgive others who commit them. Have a nice day!
Thought for today:
"As long as you don't forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind." - Isabelle Holland
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Raising Your Children' IQ through Music
Music can enhance IQ in children. Music has the ability to streamline brain
functions and set the pace for better brain development.
Raising Your Children' IQ through Music - Tips and Methods
Raising IQ through music is possible by learning how to play
classical music by using a musical instrument. The Mozart Effect is
a true benefit that your children can realize by learning music.
Q1: I am writing to inquire about my
son. He's in second grade and recently took the Terra Nova aptitude test. He
scored in the 95th percentile in both math and reading.
For the most part, my son can do his math homework simply by looking at
the problem and writing the answers down. This of course is an issue
because since he doesn't check his work he gets his fair share of
wrong answers (which leads me to believe he may have scored higher
on the math portion of the test). He's bored with the
schoolwork...We never got our son tested. Our issue now is that he's
frustrated with school. Since we live in NJ there are no "gifted" or
advanced programs until he gets older. Please advice!
A: From your description, it is quite
obvious that your son has above average abilities and may be gifted.
He is probably bored in the classroom as the learning he is
experiencing is not catered towards his needs. He has probably
mastered the content of the lessons in the classroom much earlier,
hence the boredom. This is quite typical for gifted children who are
not given differentiation education..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Gifted and Bored here.
Q2: My son is 15 and he has just completed the WISC-IV. I am somewhat confused on
what to do now with his schooling. He was diagnosed with ADHD at the age
of 7. He is having serious issues in school, so I had him tested. Here
are his scores:
He has always had problems with writing. I had him in physical therapy
for 2 years with minimal results. Now they are telling me he has
Asperger's. He does have an IEP with the school and he wants to become an
engineer. I am not understanding how these scores can be so far off from
A: In general, his scores are in the
average range; as a rule of thumb, FSIQ at 123 onwards would place
the child in the gifted range. His scores are being referenced to
other people within his own age group and at 15, this is the last
age group to be able to do the WISV IV. A year later and he will
have to do the adult version. The average IQ is 100; so deviations
from the average are assigned a number which corresponds to a
percentile rank...... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
ADHD and WISC-IV Scores here.
Q3: My 5 year old son has been
having many learning issues. Speech, attention, so on. He recently
was assessed through his IEP program to have an IQ of 67. Family Services
is referring me to a MRDD assessment. What does a IQ of 67 mean to me?
A: There are two separate issues here;
a learning disorder/s, and mental condition based on an intelligence
test. An IQ of 67 is usually a range for mild mental retardation.
This is probably why he has been referred to an MRDD assessment. It
would be best to determine if this is true as he would be given the
necessary help required for his condition. Individuals with mental
retardation also have a significant impairment in the ability to
handle the demands of daily living. ...... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Learning Disability (LD) and Mental Retardation (MR) here.
Nurturing Your Child With Music: How Sound Awareness Creates Happy, Smart, and Confident Children
By John M., Ortiz Ph.D.
With its emphasis on music as both healing agent and spur to
creativity, this book takes its place on the shelf next to
The Mozart Effect. Aimed at family interactions, it offers a
number of creative methods for initiating and maintaining
relaxed and productive home environments.
Beginning with the prenatal period, the book offers
mothers-to-be ways to create positive musical vibrations to
communicate to their babies. For toddlers, the book serves
as a manual for everything from learning their ABCs to
establishing secure identities. Music can stimulate young
children or help them relax and go to sleep. It also aids
preadolescents in dealing with the emotional ups and downs
of those years.
Keeping Mozart in Mind
By Dr. Gordon L. Shaw
Gordon Shaw and the M. I. N. D. Institute has made such great progress, spreading a wider net to
help our students: from his initial Mozart "effect" (with no instruction) to the research involving
curriculum and instruction in pre-school to the primary grades. What makes his programs so unique
is that the learning involves joy.
The program, which involves both music and math outlined in the book, is now offered at 43 schools
to over 8,000 students. It is characterized by the infectious enthusiasm of teachers and students
alike in stark contrast to the fearful attitude to the subjects so common among many taught under
the old systems.
Why children must learn music
The Hindu June 21, 2011
When someone mentioned the “World Music Day” celebration on June 21, I was surprised. Surely,
everyday is a celebration of the world of music.
EQ over IQ: How play-based learning can lead to more successful kids
The Globe and Mail June 13, 2011
As the children hunted for the man in the striped shirt, 5-year-old Millie bristled. She contemplated a tantrum,
let out a sigh, and then brushed her pigtails out of her face and found Waldo.
Memory training improves intelligence in some children, report says
LA Times June 14, 2011
Brain games can help with abstract reasoning months after the training, but they work only for those who
really need and enjoy the exercises, a study says.
Playtime is a critical building block in children's development
AZ Star Net June 20, 2011
Play is the most natural of childhood activities and may be the most important work we do to stimulate our
brains, develop our creativity, build problem-solving skills and learn how to interact positively with others.
Early Childhood Education Helps Kids Build Self Esteem
SFL Times June 21, 2011
Recent studies examining the influence of maternal education and other child and family characteristics
on the enrollment of children in early childhood education, including day cares, reveal that school-age children,
even those that are under 3 years of age, when expose to a higher quality setting experienced a greater advantage
than those that have not experienced such setting.
Istanbul University's 14-year-old genius wants to become a geneticist
Todays Zaman June 12, 2011
Baris Can Emir is a 14-year-old university student studying genetics at the Children's University in Istanbul.
While his peers are just preparing for high school exams. Baris has already completed high school in a very
short period of time.
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