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


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Volume #5   Issue #24

ISSN: 0219-7642    Aug 05, 2007

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Have you looked at the vast array of educational toys, games and software available before and felt as if you were looking at something written in a foreign language that you would never understand? You are not alone and I am here to help you. With all of the educational toys on the market, and thousands more emerging each year how can you possibly make an informed decision about what educational products are really worth the money. Remember, sneaking in learning is a great way to help your child grow and increase their brain power without forcing them to learn.

The right educational toys can have a huge effect on your child's abilities. A concept that may have been difficult to grasp is suddenly mastered within a few short weeks and things just start to "click" for your child like never before. This is an experience that is phenomenal and really helps improve your child's skills as well as self-confidence. We will explore educational toys in this issue, I show you some great ways to combine learning and games. Have a great week ahead!

Thought for today:
The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire. " - Brian Tracy

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The Importance Of Play: Educational Toys Make A Difference
By Nicole Munoz

Playtime is one of the most vital parts of childhood development. Research has proven that all areas of development are enhanced through a child's play activities. Healthy growth and development is stimulated through play as early as birth and on into the school age years. Children play in a variety of ways with a number of different toys. Each activity has a different affect on development.

Guide To Choosing Educational Toys For Children
By Pamela Fallon

How do you ensure that the educational toy you buy will be right for your child? As with everything there are no guarantees with children. There are a couple of things to consider when selecting children's educational toys that can improve the chances that your choice will be well received.


Smart Play Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High PQ
By Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D

We've all heard of IQ but do you know your child's PQ or Play Quotient? A child's ability to play does more than provide for fund and diversion; it is critical for his or her emotion and intellectual growth, an teaches everything from social skills to analytical thinking. For the developing mind of a child, learning to play is paramount--but is your child getting the most out of playtime? Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., more affectionately known as Dr. Toy has dedicated a lifetime to the importance of play and gives you specific advice on which toys to buy and what kind of games to play to emplower your child's overall development.

You'll learn: How to become your child's play Tutor How play can strengthen maturity levels and confidence The pros, cons, and facts of gender specific toys Guideance for the gifted and special-needs child Plus practical advice on Evaluatin a toy's safety, learn which toy manufacturers Dr. Toy recommends Craft supplies you should always have on hand Dr Toy's 100 Best Children's Products And many more invaluable ways to make playtime a growing experience!


LeapFrog My First LeapPad Educational Book: Dora The Explorer To the Rescue
By Leap Frog

  • Packed with engaging activities, games, stories and facts that make reading and learning more enjoyable

  • Touch the magic pen to this book to hear words and stories read out loud, learn letter sounds, hear colorful characters come alive and play fun learning games

  • Team up with Dora and Boots as they reunite a lost little bird with her mother

  • Teaches story and character comprehension, English and Spanish vocabulary, problem solving, cooperation, shapes and colors

  • For use only with the separately sold My First LeapPad learning system; not compatible with LeapPad or LeapPad Pro learning systems



Professor pans 'learning style' teaching method
Telegraph July 30, 2007

The approach, first introduced in the United States following research on brain development, is being adopted by an increasing number of schools, colleges and local authorities and forms a key part of the Government's drive for "personalised learning". In effect, it dismisses so-called "chalk and talk" teaching as inadequate.

At child development center, play is work and work is fun
VenturaCountyStar July 28, 2007

"You have to use play as the medium for children to learn, because that's what they do," said Robin Millar, the center's administrative director. "Those are their tools.".

Smart parenting
sunstar July 28, 2007

"As a psychologist-educator, I am often faced with the problem of student mediocrity and underachievement. I try my best to motivate them by using creative and innovative teaching styles, but learning is not the sole responsibility of the teacher. The family environment is even more crucial, especially in forming good habits early on", shares Queena in the book's preface.

Sleep Is The Right Ingredient For Academic Success
ScienceDaily Aug 2, 2007

"A student's performance in the classroom is dictated by the amount of sleep he or she gets the night before," says Dr. Kohler. "A child or teen who regularly gets enough sleep will have improved academic performance, a positive attitude towards their education, and be able to better interact socially with their peers and teachers. Students can also remember better what they learned if they get a good night's sleep after learning the task.".

Eat right during pregnancy for a better baby
Nashua Telegraph Aug 1, 2007

Choline is a nutrient needed in larger amounts during pregnancy for normal brain function and memory. Studies report offspring with “supercharged” brains and superior memory when moms consumed more of this nutrient in pregnancy. Infants exposed to adequate levels of omega-3 while in the womb showed advanced attention spans and greater visual acuity than non-exposed children.

Are Vaccinations Safe for Your Kids?
CBN News Aug 1, 2007

4,500 families are suing the government because they believe vaccines caused their child's autism. Since the 1980s, critics have questioned the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Government health officials and most doctors insist the benefits are large and the problems exaggerated.

Thumbs up for breast milk
ChannelNewsAsia July 31, 2007

Here's a good reason why junior should be breastfed: A Harvard School of Public Health's Nurses Study has found that a mother's milk is beneficial for her baby's weight, as breastfed infants are less likely to grow into obese children.


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