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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 #3   Issue #09

ISSN: 0219-7642    Feb 04, 2005

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Hi Everyone,

My eldest son is in Primary 1 (or Grade 1 in some countries) for about a month now. I just attended his school's parent-meet-teacher session last week. I was very glad to confirm that his school emphasized a less exam, a less homework and a hands-on learning environment. Basically, it is an educational system that just letting a child to learn and enjoy his time in school. That's pretty much my requirements when choosing a school for my son - no brand name school and a principal that only cares about student's exam result. However, no educational system will be perfect without the supplementary effort from the parents. We play an important role in shaping our children's education too. So, make sure we do our part as a good and inspired teacher at home. See you in next issue of BrainyZine. Have a nice day!

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Seeing The Souls of Your Children
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Q: Is there any kind of organization which patronage the gifted children. any kind of development programs especially for them? If yes, could you be so kind to inform their addresses. Thank you.

A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on Associations for Gifted Children here!

Q: I have a little girl who has just turned 4. She has been reading short sentences fluently for the past 8 months even though she couldn't speak much English until she was 2 and a half .She has somehow learned how to write all the number up to 1000 and she can add up numbers in her head. She has just surprised us by writing whole sentences quite accurately. She has a fantastic memory. Her teacher tells me that she is miles ahead of everybody else but I don't think she knows what to do about it. What should I do? How can I help her without putting her off? Is she too young to be tested? Is perhaps her ability not that rare? Please help.

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on how to raise a gifted Child here




Story Block Book: Tad's Counting Farm
By LeapFrog
Recommended Age: 6 months - 2 years

This truly interactive first book combines block play with music and animal sounds that encourage exploration and discover! Baby can join in the reading fun while developing motor skills and learning about cause and effect.






LeapPad Plus Writing and Microphone
By LeapFrog
Recommended Age: 4 - 8 years

This System teaches fundamental reading skills, plus writing and math! Use the dual-function, interactive Magic Pencil to switch from writing mode to non-writing mode, and you can sound out letters and words, read stories AND write!





Dr. Anjan Chatterjee Confronts Brain Boosters
IndoLink Jan 31, 2005

Consider the use of brain boosting drugs, otherwise known as neurotherapeutics or Cosmetic Neurology in current parlance. "That is coming, and we need to know it's coming," says Chatterjee, referring to what many consider the next frontier in specialty medicine where doctors not only try to protect ailing brains, but also may extend their efforts to normal brains. Chatterjee sees it as medicine that "makes bodies and brains function better by modulating motor, cognitive, and affective systems".

It's 'B' kind to fetal-development week
The Washington Times Jan 24, 2005

Folic acid is a B-vitamin necessary for proper cell growth, and it particularly helps an unborn child's neutral tube - the part that becomes the brain and spinal cord - develop properly. These birth defects happen in the earliest days of pregnancy - around day 11 -  long before a woman finds out that she is expecting. "That is why we recommend that all women of childbearing years take folic acid daily, whether they intend to become pregnant or not," Mr. Cordero said.

Building Your Baby's Brain
Modern Mom Feb 3, 2005

Although well meaning parents are buying brain-building toys, videos and computer programs in record numbers, parents need to first think about building the brain from the inside. "Important brain growth occurs during pregnancy and the first few years of life".

Caesareans may increase babies' allergy risk
The Guardian Oct 21, 2004

Researchers had found that children who born by caesarean were twice as likely to be sensitive to cows' milk and other allergens as those born naturally.

Too much TV could be harmful to babies
The Register-Guard Jan 24, 2005

New parents are getting mixed messages about what's best for baby's rapidly developing brain. On the one hand, marketers of a burgeoning set of videos and DVDs aimed at the drooling set suggest their products can help Junior learn colors, shapes - even provide a foundation for foreign language - at a very young age.

On the other hand, pediatricians, buttressed by new research that links early television exposure with attention problems later in childhood, advise parents not to let babies watch any television for at least the first year of life, and preferably not until they're age 2.

Reading fundamental to learning
The Leaf Chronicle Feb 1, 2005

"Research has shown that reading to children is the most important thing an adult can do to prepare a child for future academic success," the University of Tennessee Extension Service Web site states.

"It's all about brain development," says Jean Nichols, children's services supervisor at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library.

Preschool, is it for your family?
Charlotte Observer Jan 24, 2005

Experts estimate that at least 75 percent of all children will have some sort of preschool experience, including day care, before they start kindergarten.

But is it all worth it? Is preschool even necessary? Does it provide a jumpstart to kindergarten?


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