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


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Volume #6   Issue #4

ISSN: 0219-7642    Oct 7, 2007

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I believe if you're looking at almost any store at the place you stay, you probably can find isles of toys designed to help make your child "smarter" or "brainer" but how do you really determine which toys are worth the money, and which are just out to make you think they are helping your child? Not all educational or development toys are created equal. There are some that are obviously much better than others, while there are some that are just plain awful and break easily, aside from teaching your child very little.

Learning how to tell the difference between a good development toy and a bad development toy is often the first step towards making sure your child learns the skills necessary to be successful in life. Whether your child is only a few months old, or almost ready for college, there are plenty of age appropriate development toys that are great choices. Your task is now to learn the difference between those great "treasures" and the wastes of space and money. I have compiled a list of brain building and development toys which you might want to take a look. Have a great week ahead!

Thought for today:
If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad " - Denis Waitley

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The Most Appropriate Educational Toys for Your Children
By Adwina D. Jackson

Children learn about the world through toys. Different toys fulfill different developmental and educational purposes, and understanding this variety and the needs of your child will help you in selecting the most appropriate toys for your child.

Educational Toys For Girls And Boys - Is There A Difference?
By Karen Singleton

Do boys and girls play differently? Should you be choosing different toys for them? And should an interest in certain toys be discouraged? Read more here!


Q1: How many IQ tests (WISC) are needed to estimate a "true" IQ. I have always heard three but can't find it in writing.

A: Neither can I! However, three tests would probably yield the best estimate, though still unlikely to be totally accurate. In fact, an estimate of a true IQ may not be revealed unless comparison is done between people of the same age, sex and relevant background. IQ tests are at best baseline estimates of one's true IQ. Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on True IQ here.

Q2: My son Shreyas is 2 years and 8 months old . He has got an amazing memory power and grasping skills. When he was only 2 years, he showed a great interest in computers and was able to do so many things in the computer. Like, with the links in the internet explorer (that i have created for him) he navigates on his own to various websites like Thomas, sesame street.... We are really thrilled about this and want to really help him to carry on this. Would be grateful, if you can advice us on how to take this further.

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Enrichment Activities for Gifted Toddler here.



Children's Science Kit "Make Your Own Clock"

  • Developed by Middlesex University in the United Kingdom!

  • Make your own mud clock: this clock really works without any batteries!

  • No Batteries? No problem! Think like a scientist and use this kit to power a digital clock with nature.

  • Contains digital clock with leads, flower pots, copper and zinc strips, screw driver, wire, connecting blocks, and detailed instructions.

  • Great gift idea, presented in gift box.




Micro Chem XM5000

This super safe chemistry set includes over 1500 experiments and procedures! It includes 20 microchemical vials, safety goggles, test tubes, measuring cups, galvanometer, laboratory balance, pipettes, microplate, and is contained in a standing storage chest. Perform over 1500 experiments in the gaseous phases of matter, chemical models, solutions, acid and bases, electro-chemistry, organic chemistry and much more.

The revolutionary concept uses the latest in MicroChemistry Technology, and the experiments are approved by the Smithsonian Institution Scientists. Warning: To be used solely under the supervision of adults. Contains some chemicals which can be harmful if misused. Keep out of the reach of small children.



Food for thought Oct 6, 2007

Every parent wants the best for their child, and feeding them the optimum nutrition that contains brain-building foods can improve and expand their mind, helping them reach their full potential. Food plays a major part in our overall health, but latest research has found that introducing certain brain-boosting foods into a child’s diet right from conception could affect his/her brain development, memory, concentration and IQ.

Head Size and IQ: Is There a Link?
Discovery Channel September 24, 2007

Big-headed people could be brainier too, according to a new analysis of a 1939 study comparing head size and intelligence in a group of male prisoners.

Breast milk boosts preemies' IQ scores Oct 1, 2007

Even the tiniest premature babies should get breast milk while they are in a hospital's intensive care unit because it appears to boost their mental development, a study says today. A second study on breast feeding found that it does not raise the risk that children will develop tooth decay later in life, as some earlier research had suggested.

Eat fish while pregnant, U.S. experts recommend
Reuters Oct 4, 2007

Pregnant and breast-feeding women should eat at least 12 ounces (340 grams) of fish and other seafood a week because the benefits for infant brain development outweigh any worries about mercury contamination, a group of U.S. experts said on Thursday.

Talk Enough? Interaction Crucial to Child's Development
Los Angeles ABC September 28, 2007

All kinds of videos and computer programs promise to help prepare your toddler for school. But educators say the best preparation is talk from a parent or caregiver. But how much talk do you need?

Bilingual Babies Language Learning Mechanism Differs From Monolingual Tots
New Kerala September 29, 2007

Babies brought up in bilingual homes learn languages by devoting their attention to the general associations between words and objects for a longer period, whereas infants infants raised by monolingual families learn new words by focusing on detailed sound information, researchers have found.


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