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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
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Volume #5   Issue #1

ISSN: 0219-7642    Sep 3, 2006

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I want to do something different in this issue. I'm not going to feature any articles on parenting; instead I'm featuring articles that hopefully will touch your heart and soul. Have you ever felt an inner thirst for something? Maybe you don't have a name for it, but you 'just' know that something is missing in your life, or that there has to be something more than what you are experiencing now. Perhaps you feel that your thirst is for happiness, or love, or inner peace, or fulfillment or joy?

"Within you is the most amazing feeling you can possibly imagine. All that you look for, that you have looked for all your life, has always been right inside of you. When you can look inside, you will find the joy that you have always desired. This is a gift you have." - Maharaji

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Work With Joy
By Ramu Jaladurgam

Deep within each of us is immeasurable joy - joy so profound and exhilarating that mere words are inadequate to describe its awesome nature. It is interesting to note we seldom allow ourselves to experience this level of joy. "Why?" You might ask.

The Sandpiper
By Robert Peterson

Everything that we experience in this life teaches us something. Sometimes tragedy can remind us what matters most in life.


Q1: What are the causes of mentally gifted child?

A: It has been widely agreed that both genetics and environment play a role in determining giftedness, but their relative importance is still being debated. Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on What Makes Giftedness?

Q2: My 11 year old son, a 5th grader, received a Cognitive Skills Index (CSI) score of 137 on the Terra Nova national standardized test taken last October. His total nonverbal score was 98, total verbal score 91. Could he possibly be gifted? He possesses many of the characteristics of a "gifted" child. Should I have him tested? If so, what testing do you recommend?

A: The TerraNova is an achievement test which some schools may use to screen students for the gifted program. From the scores alone, it may be unjust to determine potential giftedness ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on TerraNova Test to Determine Giftedness here.

Q3: Our county here in Florida offers a gifted program starting in 3rd grade. The way to get in is to score a 130 or higher on their IQ test. Our 2nd grade son is very bright. They tested his IQ and he scored a 116. This score will not get him into the gifted program, where we feel he belongs to get the challenge he needs in all areas. My question is whether we should push the administrators to look at achievement in the class over the IQ test scores to get him into this program, or is he just a bright student and not gifted?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on Enrolment in the Gifted Program

Q4: Our now 7 year old son (1st grade) was given certain subtests of the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (basic reading, spelling, and reading comprehension) when he was 5 because he had been reading since he was 3 and we wanted to assess his reading level before he started kindergarten .....However, we sometimes think that he could be challenged more. Should we let him be or should we be looking into private schools and/or outside enrichment programs?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Enrichment programs for the Gifted


Creativity in the Classroom: Schools of Curious Delight
By Alane Jordan Starko

This book incorporates important aspects of creativity into daily activity of classroom life and theory regarding creativity. The current edition has added material on current applications of brain research to creativity.







The brains behind creativity Aug 27, 2006

To nurture creativity in children is to read with your child every day, to emphasize diverse topics of study, to encourage curiosity and to get children interested in music.

The Other IQ: Imagination Quotient Boosts Children's Chance for a Promising Future Aug 23, 2006

As a new school year begins, one of the most important things parents can do to prepare their children for a successful year is help boost their "Other IQ" or Imagination Quotient, says Dr. Robert J. Sternberg, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Tufts University. Dr. Sternberg is lead author of a new study based out of Yale University that reveals that creativity substantially improves a young person's college success.

Childhood Obesity May Result In Lower IQ Scores Aug 31, 2006

Children who are very obese by age four may be more likely to have lower I.Q. scores, a new study shows. The findings are preliminary, but, "It just raises a red flag," Daniel J. Driscoll, MD, PhD, tells WebMD.

Sleep Apnea - Children with untreated Severe OSA have Lower IQ Aug 23, 2006

The children with severe obstructive sleep apnea had an average score of 85 while the children that did not have OSA scored 101. The verbal working memory standardized test showed the children with OSA were 8 compared with those without at 15.

Too smart for their own good Aug 20, 2006

A pair of new books explain that it's not all child's play for gifted children, no matter what age they are.

Gifted kids can talk early or late Aug 30, 2006

This is in regards to the sister-in-law/teacher who says that a toddler who is an early talker is a gifted child. I would like to know what college or schooling she had that she hasn't heard of Albert Einstein. I wonder if anyone warned Albert Einstein's parents that he might not be gifted.


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