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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #7 Issue #6
ISSN: 0219-7642 Oct 26, 2008
Andrew Loh, Publisher
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Every child in this world has the required power to get unlimited success, both in
the school and in life. To achieve this success, every parent and class teacher can help
and assist their children. However, the bottom line is, how we can help our children succeed
in schools and classrooms? Most of us already know how painful and anxious it can be
for a child to go to class, study his or her lessons, prepare for tests and write them to
score better marks and good grades. "Test anxiety" and "Fear of failure"
are two of most dreaded words for both parents and children.
Parents are children's first and best teachers! That is what the popular saying tells us!
But, what happens once children leave the coziness of their homes and affectionate arms of their
parents to a school to face classrooms and teachers? Parents are children's lifetime teachers! But,
children tend to treat their teachers as their second parents, once they adjust to the rigors of lessons
and classroom routines. Parents and teachers can always show the real values of education with their actions
However, how do we ensure that our children reach qualified success in their classroom?
Available research shows us that when both parents and teachers are actively involved
in children's school classrooms and lessons, they have better chances of succeeding
in the school and perform better to score good grades. However, there is a tricky question
here- what exactly is active involvement? Is it helping the child to read and write in a
fluid manner? Is it helping our children with their homework? Or, does it involve helping
them in their art and craft work?
Simply speaking, both parents and teachers may need to encourage and nurture children by
convincing them about the value of better classroom performance and how it can help them
in their personal and professional life. Understanding the basic needs and requirements of
our children seems to be the first real step in making them ready for better and meaningful
classroom performance. All the best!
Thought for today:
" The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it" - John Ciardi
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andrew @ brainy-child.com
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Helping Your Children Succeed in the Classroom
Classroom performance is very critical for your child's future success. Better classroom performance starts right in
your home and in your presence. You are your child's first real teacher! Here are some tips that will help you how you
can assist your child perform better in the classroom.
Improving Classroom Performance of Your Child - Some Practical Tips
Better classroom performance is a series of steps and instructions that start very early in your child's age. As a
parent, you can do a lot of things to help your child succeed in the classroom. Here are some practical and useful
tips that will help your child compete with his or her peers in the classroom to show better performance.
Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging Ages 4-9
By Joan Franklin Smutny, Sally Yahnke, Walker, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth and Marjorie Lisovskis
This book inspires teachers to keep a sharp lookout for bright young
students--including those who may not appear "high-ability" at first glance!
Students will be happier and more productive both at school and at home if
teachers and parents used approaches to learning described in this book.
It would make a wonderful gift from parents to a teacher at a parent-teacher
conference! The authors also stress on the importance of value based education
and curriculum based teaching based on the abilities and intelligence of children.
Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers
By Carol Ann Strip and Gretchen Hirsch
This user-friendly guidebook educates parents and teachers
about important gifted issues such as working together,
evaluating classroom programs, forming parent support
groups, choosing appropriate curriculum, meeting social and
emotional needs, surviving the ups and downs, and much more!
The information and useful advice provided make this book an
ideal resource both for those just starting out in the
gifted field as well as those who are seasoned veterans.
Features Include: Gifted minority and gifted disabled
issues, strategies for parenting and teaching gifted
children, social and emotional concerns specific to gifted
children, a question and answer section for further
understanding and an in-depth reference appendix for
Women lack baby brain food: study
News.Com.Au Oct 16, 2008
TWO out of three women of child-bearing age are not getting enough
of the vital mineral iodine needed for a baby's healthy brain
development, Australian research shows.
Iodine May Be the Critical Mineral for Weight Loss, Energy and Beauty
Natural News Oct 21, 2008
Iodine is essential for proper brain development and cognitive
ability. There have been many studies showing the importance of
iodine during gestation when cognitive potential is formed. A mother
with adequate iodine levels will be more likely to produce a child
with superior brain development.
Which Toys Are Best for Babies 0-2 Years Old
PRNewswire Oct 20, 2008
Himfr.com, one of China's leading B2B search platforms with more than 30 B2B industry websites to its name, reports that an internal
study has shown that given the different stages of children's mental development, the best toys will be those that suit their child's
physical and psychological characteristics.
Nursery Rhymes: 7 Reasons Why They Are Critical to Early Childhood Development
Fitness Formula Oct 15, 2008
You might be asking yourself if nursery rhymes are outdated and worn thin, since they've been around for ages. After all, everyone has
heard them all before. There must be newer, more updated children's materials available today. Of course there are new materials, but
maybe the real question to be asking is if the new stuff gives the same value. Nursery rhymes, such as those found here, have stood
the test of time because they deliver.
Stop feeding babies with cow's milk
Philippine Daily Inquirer Sep 16, 2008
The crisis involving tainted Chinese baby formula is not the only reason for us to stop feeding cow's milk to babies. (“2 Chinese drinks positive
for melamine,” Philippine Daily Inquirer, 10/3/08) Cow's milk is the No. 1 cause of allergies in children, and research links dairy consumption
to colic, chronic ear infections, type 1 or juvenile-onset diabetes, acne, obesity, flatulence, constipation and more.
Reasons we should read to our children
The Jamaica Gleaner Oct 12, 2008
When was the last time you read to your child? Is reading an important activity in your home? What kind of memories do you want your child to have of moments
spent with you? Many of us were raised with parents and loved ones reading to us as a leisure activity. This simple activity has had tremendous impact on our
intelligence, listening skills and school grades, not to mention wonderful memories which we still hold dear to our hearts.
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