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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #3 Issue #15
ISSN: 0219-7642 April 29, 2005
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Have you ever wondered why young kids have so much creative power? I believe
you can relate to this when you look at your kids' drawing. Kids draw weird
characters with 6 legs, 3 eyes and they color the hair green .... etc, you get the picture.
The reason why kids can exhibit such enormous creativity is because kids don't
know that they don't know.
Unfortunately, parents and teachers are killing that
creativity unintentionally. Children are often told to stay within line when coloring.
They are taught to use the "right" color in their drawing – black for hair and blue for
We are teaching the children to conform to the 'standard' and children begin to know that they
don't know! The end result is we all grow up to think 'inside' the box instead of
thinking outside the box. Sadly, kids eventually lose that creativity that we all born with it.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one once he grows up."
– Pablo Picasso.
Look at this piece
famous art of Picasso. Did you see some similarities in your child's drawing now?
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Raising children who think for themselves
By Dr. Elisa Medhus
I have a 16 month old Son, who seems to be well advanced for his
age. He has a huge repertoire of words, and is able to recite
them in the correct context. He says things like, "happy
birthday to you" "shut the door" "Daddy do
it", and words like microwave, kookaburra, giraffe and all
said with clarity. People are constantly amazed. Does this mean
he is gifted? He was also an early walker at 9-10 months.
See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
verbally gifted here!
I am unsure about whether my child is gifted or not. Chloe was
able to read and count numbers up to 100 at 3. she could read
write, count and sequence numbers up to 1000 when she was 4. she
started to learn to read at 2. She has a large capacity for
learning and is in her bedroom every night and works
continuously for 4 hours with educational books that I have
bought. I am however at loss to how to help her with school she
says that she is often bored she has to group read with children
who are far below her ability and they are still only doing
numbers 0-20. Why don't they recognize that she needs to be
challenged or is it just me?
See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
gifted and bored here!
See also Dr. Sandhu's answer on the ADHD or
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How to Have a Smarter Child
Heredity, of course, has a lot to do with how smart your child will turn out.
But the environment in which he or she develops is an important factor.
Recognising gifted kids
The Mercury Apr 17, 2005
HIGHLY intelligent children come in all shapes and sizes, but they have definite
traits that can help parents identify them, said a psychologist in Hobart yesterday.
Anaemia 'can lead to low IQ'
Khaleej Times Online Apr 20, 2005
New studies have proved that iron deficiency and anaemia also cause delay in
socio-economic development and affect the level of IQ negatively.
A class of their own
The Observer Apr 17, 2005
A growing number of ordinary parents are opting to teach their children at home.
Louise France meets a generation of 'unschoolers', and reports on some of the
important lessons mainstream education can learn from them.
A parent's guide to making the most of this school year
KRT Wire Apr 22, 2005
"Kids whose parents are involved in school are much more likely to do well,"
said Dallas middle school teacher Barbara Dorff, Texas' teacher of the year
in 2001. "Parental involvement is critical in a child's success."
Local student's secret in perfect SAT score wasn't genius alone
Houston Community Newspapers Online Apr 22, 2005
Organizations devoted to helping parents help their children succeed stress a few
common elements: encouraging reading, helping your child with a disciplined approach
on homework, working with a child's teachers, and encouraging involvement in after-school
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