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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 #6   Issue #22

ISSN: 0219-7642    July 06, 2008

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Multiple intelligence is not really a new set of words to most of the parents in the world. Of late, parents read and listen more about this topic in a number of online magazine and newsletters. So, what is multiple intelligence and what is so special about it? Multiple intelligence comes in forms and types; every child is special and unique and each one of them has his or her own talents and intelligence. It is very rare to see a child possessing a range of talents and intelligence. According to the theory of multiple intelligence, a child can have as many as eight different types of intelligence, though it is almost very rare to see any one child possessing all these eight intelligences.

Some children possess extraordinary intelligence and talents that are so special and amazing. Just consider the example of that amazing child prodigy- Sungha Jung, an eleven years old boy from South Korea and an accomplished guitar player! He is an amazing boy with a talent for music (this type of multiple intelligence is also known as music smart).

Like Sungha Jung, there are a number of with brilliant skills and techniques, who can mesmerize an entire group audience with their talent and intelligence. Every child is unique and special! Even your child has his or her hidden talents and intelligences. As a parent, your responsibility and duty is to identify it, nurture it to the fullest possible extent.

Thought for today:
"I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win. If you don't you won't. " - Bruce Jenner

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Understanding Gardner's Multiple Intelligence in Children
The theory of multiple intelligence is a path breaking subject where you can grade children according to different types of intelligences. Multiple intelligence is an interesting study of intelligence and smartness in your child. Your child may display a range of intelligences, abilities and skills that relate and connect to a specific area of activity or performance.

Multiple Intelligences Activities in Children: The Basics
Every child is unique and full of different talents. Each one of them has a separate set of intelligence. By learning more about your child, how he learns things, performs certain tasks and in what manner he projects himself, will provide you an invaluable insight on his overall personality. Multiple intelligence is an important domain where you can study about different types of intelligences in children.


Q1: Please advise me the differences & comparisons between the FCAT & SAT. In your opinion, which is a more academic accurate testing of a child’s immediate grade level & capabilities?

A: Since the SAT is rather common and a lot of information can be obtained by surfing the web, I would concentrate on the FCAT. Having said that, I am not very familiar with the FCAT, so the information provided here would be based on my readings and understanding. The FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) is a new student achievement test that is being developed by the Department of Education in Florida. ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Comparing the FCAT and the SAT here.

Q2: What are your thoughts regarding low IQ scores (as determined by the WISC-IV) and solid average achievement scores (as determined by the WJ-III)?

A: It is very hard to determine what may cause high discrepancies in scores without looking at the subset of scores. Most tests vary in their content, appropriateness with different populations, and usefulness as a basis for educational requests. Therefore, it is important that tests (especially individualized) are conducted by a trained and experienced tester who would be able to document the strengths, relative weaknesses and advise on the suitability of a program to cater for the educational needs of the child... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Low IQ scores Vs High Average Achievement Scores here.

Q3: Hi my name is Audrey I have a little girl she just tuned 3 in 1/24. She can read at a grade k level and loves math or numbers. she started talking at age 1. Aly that is her name. she talks to you with such pashion and logic some times me and my husbend forget she is three how could I tell if she is gifted. Or should I just wate untill she is in school to test her. People always say send her to pr school but she already knows all of that kind of stuff. Sorry for my horable riting I am blind. I am so proud of her?

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Nurture Gifted Children here.


In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences
By Thomas Armstrong

Does your child have a favorite subject, activity or hobby? Children learn in multiple ways and educator Thomas Armstrong has shown hundreds of thousands of parents and teachers how to locate those unique areas in each of our children where learning and creativity seem to flow with special vigor. In this fully updated classic on multiple intelligences, the author sheds new light on the "eight ways to bloom", or the eight kinds of "multiple intelligences". While everyone possesses all eight intelligences, the author delineates how to discover your child's particular areas of strengths among them.

The book shatters the conventional wisdom that brands our students as "underachievers", "unmotivated", or as suffering from "learning disabilities" or "ADH disorders" or other "learning diseases".


Starting with Stories: Engaging Multiple Intelligences through Children's Books
By Pamela Byrne Schiller, Pat Phipps, Kathy Ferrel and Debi Johnson

Featuring one hundred well-loved and easily available children's books, Starting with Stories has more than 1500 activities to actively engage every learning style. This literature based resource book combines quality children books, learning centers and multiple intelligences to give teachers a comprehensive and creative curriculum.

Choose one of the one hundred popular children's book to read together. After reading, enhance learning with ideas for learning centers, literacy experiences, and small group experiences. Connected with children's eight multiple intelligences through these creative and engaging math, art, dramatic play, fine motor, writing, blocks, science and discovery activities.



How to Build a Baby's Brain
News Week June 29, 2008

A baby is born on a head on her shoulders and a mind primed for learning. But, it takes years of experience-looking, listening, feeling playing and interacting with parents- to wire the billions of complex neural circuits that govern language, math, music and emotions. You cannot see what is going on in a baby's brain. You cannot see the electrical activity as her eyes lock into yours and almost instantaneously a neuron in her retina in her eyes makes a connection to one in her brain.

Breastfeeding Boosts Kid's IQ
Blog Spot June 21, 2008

A news study has found that long term, exclusive breastfeeding boosts children's cognitive development. Previous studies have reported that children who were breast fed as infants have higher scores in IQ tests and other measures of cognitive development than those who were fed formula. The research team found that breastfeeding exclusively during the first year of life was associated with an increase in child's intelligence by first grade.

Understanding Brain Development in Children
NPR June 26, 2008

As our audio series on kids continues, Farai Chideya explores childhood mental development and considers what parents should do to nurture positive growth. The guests include Dr.Annapurni Jayam Trouth, Chairperson of the Department of Neurology at Howard University Hospital; Yvette Harris, Associate Professor of Psychology at Miami University and author of the The African American Child: Development and Challenges; and Areva Martin, a civil litigation lawyer and mother of an autistic child.

Breakfast Brain Food is The Best Way to Start Day
NAPSI June 22, 2008

Buying the best new supplies may not be the best way to help your child succeed in school or at play. The best purchase may actually be the groceries stocked in refrigerator, like healthy breakfast foods very high in Omega-3 fatty acids and choline for brain development, as found in England's Best eggs. The foods that the kids consume affect their daily performance and parents can help them jump-start their day by ensuring they eat a highly nutritious and healthy breakfast.

Make Your Kids Smarter
Health Women June 20, 2008

Is intelligence an inherited gift or can it be nurtured and enhanced by the right environment? The answer appears to be both. While intelligence definitely has a genetic component, scientific research is beginning to show that certain approaches boost learning and mental development in young minds. This article summarizes proven strategies for building your child's brainpower. These techniques are very simple to adapt and follow, and they are applicable to all children under the age of six or seven.

Baby Genius
Nine MSN June 24, 2008

One of the simplest joys of parenthood is reading a bedtime story with your child. But why not get the kids to read to you? A new DVD says it doesn't matter how young a child is, with the right technique babies can be reading before even they are crawling. The author says that reading changes a child's life in a very positive way and believes the sooner children start learning to read, the greater the benefits.


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