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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #8 Issue #24
ISSN: 0219-7642 June 27, 2010
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One of the most important and critical skills that every child should master is
to know how to find solutions to simple problems that arise almost every day.
Problem solving skills are very critical for survival. Humans cannot
survive without mastering the art of problem solving. Your children
must develop the skills of problem solving in order to become
independent thinkers and to develop surviving instincts.
The main basis of solving problems lay in your children's ability to
break down current problems into smaller, manageable parts until a
solution is forwarded. Problem solving is the basic foundation for your young
children's learning. You may need to value and cherish it because it can make your
child confident, motivated and bold. Have a great week ahead!
Thought for today:
"If you observe a really happy man you will find him
building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing
double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness
as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator." - W. Beran Wolfe
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Teaching Problem Solving Skills to Children - Why are they so Important?
Problem solving is a necessary life skills for your children. Problem solving skills
can make your children self confident and bold to face any type of difficult situations
that come in front of them every day.
Teaching Problem Solving Skills to Children: Methods and Techniques
Problem solving techniques and methods are numerous. Parents should know how to train
their children towards solving problems that occur in their daily lives.
Q1: My 9 year-old son was recently tested for his school's GT
program. We were given the results of his tests, but do not
understand the results, (as school will not be in session
for 8 weeks, we are hoping to clarify sooner rather than
1. Torrance Figural B Adaptation: 75% (75% needed)
2. Frank Williams Divergent Thinking Test: 84/84 (80 needed)
3. LISD (school district) Web Divergent Thinking Test: 55%
4. Matrix Analogies Test: 63% (90% needed)
5. General Intellectual Scale: 91/108
6. High Creative Thinking: "preponderance"
7. Kaufmann Brief Intelligence Test: 94%ile
8. Slosson Intelligence Test: 94%ile
9. Raven Progressive Matrices: 75%ile
10. Peabody: 98%ile
Do any of these tests show his "IQ" score? If so, how did he score?...
A: I am familiar with all the tests but
may be able to give you an idea based on the percentile. Firstly,
not all tests are intelligence tests. The Kaufman Brief Intelligence
Test is more a screening test which gauges a child's performance and
is suitable for schools since it is a group aptitude test. If the
subtests in the test do not screen the child's strongest areas, then
there is a possibility for the score to be different from the
child's score on a comprehensive assessment (non-brief versions).
Such tests measure verbal reasoning more accurately than non-verbal
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Percentile Score on Tests here.
Q2: Should I get my child assessed and
what difference will that make?
I have an 8 year old boy who attends a state primary school.
From an early age he showed an exceptional interest in maths.
Since he has been at school (he is now in year three soon to
go in year 4) the school has struggled to meet his needs in
this area, though they acknowledge he talented in this
field. Last year I tried some sessions with a personal tutor
but found without the follow up in the classroom it wasn't
very satisfactory (the tutor was working at early GSCE level
A: Firstly, as a parent you need to
explore the reasons for testing your child. Ask yourself; is it for
entry into a specialized program or to
affirm existing assumptions about the child's abilities? For
very young children (at 2 or 3 years of age), it may only
serve to validate a parent's beliefs that their child may be
very bright. ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Benefits of Assessing a Child here.
Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
By Ellen Galinsky
Galinsky (Six Stages of Parenthood; Ask the Children) has
spent her career observing and analyzing how children learn.
Collaborating with top researchers in the science of
childhood brain development for the past decade, she
identifies seven life skills that help children reach their
full potential and unleash their passion to learn.
The skills are presented in a readable and accessible volume
enlivened by parents' narratives about what works and what
doesn't, hints and tips, and over a hundred suggestions
(games and family activities) for involving kids in the
pursuit of learning. Each of seven chapters focuses on one
skill, most of them involved with the executive (or
management) function of the brain, such as focus and
self-control, communicating, and critical thinking.
Guiding Young Children: A Problem-Solving Approach
By Eleanor Reynolds
Guiding Young Children is a sensitively written, child-centered introduction
to guidance for teachers and caregivers in daycare and preschool settings. It
offers practical applications and helpful advice on child behavior, safety,
health, and learning.
The objective is to build on the developmental needs of the children, providing
children with freedom and safety, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities,
and the tools needed to accept responsibility at their own level. An extensive art program
reinforces learning with over 100 photographs of children and teachers in their daily
routines, and illustrations of posters, charts, and graphs.
Why IQ Testing Is Important To Your Child
Your Personal Development Tips June 18, 2010
The IQ or intelligence quotient test is one of the more common tests that children
and adults take to derive the score that allows them to measure how smart they really are.
The score is derived from many tests given to the subject over the course of the tests,
and then calculated to measure the person's actual intelligence.
Nutrition and Stimulation for child development
Dwimarni June 19, 2010
Nutrition and Stimulation is very useful for child growth because development and growth
of children plays a vital role for the life of a child in the future.
Healthy is not enough, but to be seen whether the growth and development aspects are in
accordance with the stages of child's age.
How to raise a genius
Independent June 16, 2010
Thick black lines surround a variegated quilt of color. A lack of conventional perspective
makes way for what is known in art circles as "facet-like stereometric" shapes. Then there are the strange,
stretched heads, distorted arms and higgledy-piggledy eyes.
Chores help prepare kids for adult life
Edmonton Journal June 18, 2010
Your three-year-old is not too young to match the socks in the family laundry basket; your
five-year-old can make his bed by pulling up the comforter. Your eight-year-old can make her own
lunch and your 10-year-old can do all of the above, plus put away the groceries and do the family
laundry -- sorting it by colors first.
Recognizing your child's unique strengths
MB June 09, 2010
Here are a few approaches to help you figure out how your child concentrates, processes information
and applies what is learned. The main motivation is to provide you with foundation
for your efforts to bring out the best in your child.
Understanding the gifted
B World Online June 17, 2010
As millions of Filipino students start and return to school this month, this marks an important
time to call attention once again to the issue of identifying and nurturing the "gifted" children.
Could your child be gifted?
ODT June 14, 2010
What do naughtiness, dinosaurs and gifted children have in common? George Street Normal School principal
Rod Galloway says the presence of academically gifted children, who have exceptional abilities and
qualities, can sometimes be masked by "a bit of naughtiness" or signs of boredom, if they are not being
sufficiently stimulated by their surroundings.
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