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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


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Volume #5   Issue #3

ISSN: 0219-7642    Oct 1, 2006

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My wife and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last Friday. "How do I know if I married the right person?" a common question asked by many people. With only 10 years of marriage, I'm not in the position to answer that question. My wife and I met each other almost two decades ago. I think it probably helps us a great deal that we were friends for very long before we got married. And I believe every relationship has a cycle. First, you fall in love and that's an easy and spontaneous experience. But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria of love fades and you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love. Then, you may start asking, "Did I marry the right person?".

Love changes shape along with life, it never stays the same. This is what I have read somewhere, "The key to succeeding in marriage is NOT finding the right person, it's learning to love the person you found ". It is probably impossible to 'find' lasting love. We just have to 'make' it day in and day out. That's why we have the expression 'The Labor of Love' and it takes time, effort and energy. You have a great week ahead.

Thought for today:
Romance is the fuel that keeps love burning hot " - Rusty Silvey

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Is It Good to Be Gifted? Optimal IQ and the Flipside to Giftedness
By David Palmer, Ph.D

Is it good to be a gifted? This may sound like a strange question - of course being gifted is good... isn't it? It's true that kids who score higher on IQ tests will have an advantage academically.  So there's definitely an upside to being gifted. But how gifted do kids need to be to reap these benefits -- and is there a flipside to having a high IQ? Read more here....


Q1: Describe a good classroom organization and learning environment for gifted children.

A: What is most important is a Differentiated Instruction, which is indeed a continuous process of learning about students' needs and interests and using that knowledge to guide instruction. Here, teachers need to use their knowledge of students to determine how content can be presented, appropriate activities, and to guide students in demonstrating what they have learned based on their individual capabilities. Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Learning Environment for Gifted Children

Q2: Hi, I am from Singapore and was very happy to run into your website. My child took WISC4 normed against US children when he was 7. Reason was he had withdrawal problems when he entered P1 and after months of consideration I decided to have him assessed. He is now turning 9. He took it in one single sitting for 2.5 hours and this is the breakdown: VC 126, PR 137, WM 129, PS 109. FSIQ 133....

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Accuracy of IQ Test here.

Q3: I recently spoke to my daughter's teacher who wanted to talk to me before submitting her name for testing to the gifted program at her school. My daughter has been a hard nut to crack since she started to school. Her first grade teacher thought she might have a learning disability because she was so inconsistent in her work. Some days she would have no problem with anything put in front of her and other days she would not be able to do anything.....

A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on Testing for Giftedness for a Bad Test-taker

Q4: Our daughter who has a September birthday began the Terra Nova test 11 days after her 8th birthday. Would the CSI score (because it is normed by age rather than grade) be affected by this testing date? Specifically, if the testing had been before her birthday would this number change?

A: Logically speaking, your daughter's scores could possibly be lower than her peers born earlier. Research has indicated that test score variation by quarter occurs after children begin school, which is the case for your daughter, which is not true for very young children. For very young children, there is no evidence that birth quarter affects test scores. Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on The Possibility of Lower Scores Based on Birth Quarter



Parents' Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education: All you need to know to make the right decisions for your child
By David Palmer, Ph.D.

This book is written specifically for parents who need to understand gifted testing and gifted programming so that they can make informed decisions for their children.

If your child is being tested for a gifted program, or if you're just trying to understand what gifted education is all about, you need information. This book gives those with little or no background in IQ testing and gifted education a close look at how the system of screening, testing, and programming really works.



The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia (Kingfisher First Reference) (Library Binding)
By John Farndon, Jon Kirkwood

From A for Aardvark to Z for Zebra, this book is an informative and entertaining reference covering a host of domestic and wild animals. Special interactive projects will inspire young minds, while superb illustrations and vivid photographs introduce children to an array of creatures, including all the main animal groups - birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. This is the ideal first-stop encyclopedia for all children who are ready to take a journey into the amazing animal kingdom.



Why music lessons are good for the memory?
TimesOnline Sep 20, 2006

Learning to play an instrument may affect the way in which a young brain develops. Music lessons may improve memory and learning ability in young children by promoting different patterns of brain development, a study shows.

Nurturing genius
Ottawa Citizen Sep 29, 2006

Lesley Ansell-Shepherd doesn’t know how it happened, but 18 years ago she gave birth to a marine biologist. So clever is this nascent explorer and scientist that he graduated high school a year early, and is now taking second- and third-year courses in biology at the University of Victoria, one year ahead of other students his age.

Non-verbal communication good sign for babies Sep 21, 2006

Garrett is only 11 months old, yet he can tell his parents when he is hungry or thirsty, when he wants to read a book, or if he has an earache. How can he communicate at such an early age? Because his parents took things into their own hands, quite literally, and attended a training workshop that teaches sign language to the parents of hearing babies and toddlers.

Prenatal vitamins may reduce brain cancer
United Press International Sep 21, 2006

Women who take multivitamins early in pregnancy may reduce the risk that their child will develop some types of brain tumors, a U.S. study finds.

Kids can't study, groove at same time
Bradenton Herald Sep 16, 2006

A recent study shows the ruckus of such multitasking may make them learn less, and to use the wrong parts of their brains to store information.

The fats of Life Sep 22, 2006

The most critical years for a child to learn about nutrition are from birth to 8 years old, with parents "the gatekeepers" of teaching children the difference between what's healthy and what's not.


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