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


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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #8   Issue #20

ISSN: 0219-7642    May 02, 2010

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Differentiating between a bright child and a gifted one is always difficult and tedious, as there seems to be fine thin line that exists between the two terms. Parents and teachers often end up in confusing between a bright child and a gifted one. In fact, both these terms are a sort of abstract comparison, as what means to one, may not mean the same thing to the other. Bright children are as good and smart as gifted excepting a few parameters that always tend to get blur and hazy. Brightness in children could be a sort of god's gift to children.

Bright children are the toasts of a classroom, while gifted ones are the ones that tend to fade away or hide in terms of practical reality. Mentoring and parenting requirements for a gifted child is always more, when compared to a bright one. It is possible that bright children understand their responsibilities better than a gifted one. Comparing both of them is actually very difficult, because their needs and requirements are different and varying. Every child is unique and special! Yours is no different. You may wish to respect your children's innate ability and capacity to perform both in classroom and out of it.

As the Mother's Day is approaching and it is one such occasion when all of us can pay our respects to them. All mothers deserve deep appreciation and reverence for their role in parenting (if you don' think so, please read the mother's job description). Here is Mother's Day toast to all the mothers out there for your true spirits and undying love. Happy Mother's Day!

Thought for today:
"Don't expect a great day; create one!" - Unknown

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Andrew Loh
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Bright Child Vs Gifted Child - Learning the Basic Differences
Understanding the differences between brightness and giftedness provides you an idea how two children behave in their classroom and in the house. Both gifted and bright children are entirely different and their requirements are different as well.

Nurturing Bright Children - Some Methods and Techniques
Training your bright children in developing some characters of giftedness is a tricky affair as you will be trying to change and alter the basic mindset of your children. With consistent effort, it is possible to make your bright children acquire the positive skills of giftedness.


Q1: My daughter is currently 4 years old. Since birth, she has been an extremely intense child. By age one, she had a vocabulary of about 300 words, could sing her ABCs, and could count. By age 18 months, she knew all of the basic colors, could count to 30, and knew her shapes. By age 2, she was talking in grammatically correct compound sentences, using past tense correctly, and was often complimented for how "clearly" she spoke....

A: Thanks for the elaborate details - gave me a very good description of your little one. From what you have mentioned, she is indeed a highly gifted child, milestones ahead of her peers. So you have a very, very special child and she has benefited from professional help - now what.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Support For A Highly Gifted Child here.

Q2: I have a daughter in the first grade. She is seven years old, and she said that "its boring in the classroom". I noticed to the school after I got a advice from after care personnel. She took a KBIT (which she did not know it was a test)...

A: Firstly, a brief overview of what the KBIT-2 is. The Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition (K-BIT 2) is used to measure verbal and nonverbal cognitive ability. It is used to obtain a quick estimate of intelligence, estimate an individual's verbal versus nonverbal intelligence and/or to screen to identify students who may benefit from enrichment or gifted programs.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Improving KBIT 2 Test scores here.


You Know Your Child Is Gifted When...: A Beginner's Guide to Life on the Bright Side
By Judy Galbraith M.A. and Ken Vinton M.A

You know your child is gifted when…your three-year-old programs your VCR. Or your five-year-old gives you permission to use the dictionary during Scrabble. Or your eight-year-old solves your computer problems. Parenting a gifted child can be a mixed blessing. It helps to know what to look for, what to expect, and what other parents have experienced.

This light-hearted introduction to life with a gifted child is a great place to start. Perfect for parents, it's also recommended for teachers, childcare providers, counselors, and others who work with children. Humorous cartoons and lively illustrations blend with solid information on giftedness - its characteristics, challenges, and joys. First-person stories from parents who have been there offer reassurance and insights.


Burning Bright in the Classroom: Practical, Proven Strategies to Motivate, Challenge, and Support Advanced and Gifted Learners
By David Palmer

An extensive menu of practical, teacher-tested techniques fills this easily referenced guide designed to help both beginning and experienced educators reach advanced and high-ability students of all levels. Through specific examples, decision trees, and brief surveys, this handbook matches student traits with education strategies while also giving a thorough overview of research-based approaches such as single-subject and whole-grade acceleration and off-site talent search programming.

Presented in a classroom-friendly format - including teacher reproducible and worksheets - this reference can be used in the classroom immediately and every day.



Leaving baby to cry could damage brain development, parenting guru claims
The Guardian Apr 21, 2010

Leaving a distressed baby to cry on a regular basis could be damaging to the developing brain, according to parenting guru Penelope Leach, whose new book will be seen as a head-on confrontation with the tough-love approach of baby experts such as Gina Ford, who say parents should "train" their infants by allowing them to cry themselves to sleep.

You can help stimulate the brain development of your baby
SDHW Apr 09, 2010

The following issues are important to our current understanding of brain development of the child: No two brains are the same children, and there is no such thing as a set of correct answers to Improve child intelligence. Pay attention to child's interests and motivation and help him to act on objects.

Why Music is so important to Students
Education Tid Bits Apr 26, 2010

In the latest events in student reforms, there are some cut backs in the budgets that may lead to either unemployed teachers, less subjects and maybe even less school days. But before the music class will be eyed as an “endangered subject”, they might want to take a look on the advantage of music to learning in general.

Spanking Can Be Bad for 3-Year-Old Children
Huffington Post Apr 17, 2010

Have you ever noticed a funny feeling in your body the split-second before doing something that you later regret? Maybe the funny feeling is a tightening in your chest, or a flush of heat rushing to your face, or a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.

Parenting, not TV watching, affects children's learning
Montreal Gazette Apr 27, 2010

Sorry, moms. Turns out, TV might not rot your brain, after all. Although the negative link between a child's hours of television-viewing and performance on cognitive tests is well known, a new study finds no evidence that one actually causes the other.

Supporting gifted and talented children
ABC Apr 27, 2010

Gifted and talented children are more likely to be seen as 'the lucky ones', but according to the Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, Professor Matt Sanders, these children can sometimes need some special help and direction as well.

5-year-old prodigy raises question: How young is too young for fame?
Bupipe Dream Apr 27, 2010

The video sensation of little 5-year-old Ariel Antigua has everyone stunned and amazed. This petite version of what every major league baseball team wants poses a question: How young is too young? Antigua looks like any other 5-year-old boy from New Jersey. However, put him on a baseball field and he is no longer like any other boy his age. This kid can hit pitches that are going roughly 86 to 88 mph - and they are not just flimsy hits.


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