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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 #7   Issue #15

ISSN: 0219-7642    March 8, 2009

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Independent learning is a buzzword these days among teachers and educators. However, almost all parents may wonder what exactly it means to them! Independent learning is an activity that involves developing attitudes about learning that can last lifetime and is also an extended activity of creating of the opportunities and experiences necessary for children to become capable and self-reliant. By creating a subtle mixture of different learning opportunities and chances, parents can help their children try out using new information, develop extended learning skills, use different ideas, and later build useful knowledge out of the experience gained.

To accomplish these tasks, parents may use a number of teaching styles. Independent learning may involve children reading different books, or write thematic stories on their own, and draw patterns and illustrations. They may also like to concentrate on solving difficult mathematics problems or work in a workroom to build a mechanical model. They may even like to perform basic research, arrange culled out information, and later create a small report on a definite topic. Whatever you do, just make sure that you are providing your children a learning environment that supports curiosity and lot of focused activity.

Promoting independent learning in your children could be a difficult task. However, it becomes easy when you learn the basics of independent learning. Several techniques and methods can help you promote independent learning in your children. Ensure that you are using them one by one, by taking care not to stuff all of them on your children simultaneously. I hope this help. Have a great week ahead!

Thought for today:
"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." - Eric Hoffer

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Promoting Independent Learning in Children - Learning the Basics
Independent learning is an extended form of learning that involves self motivation and self initiation from your child's side. Children who master independent learning skills could become very smart, practical and intelligent, when compared to children who do not practice independent learning.

Promoting Independent Learning in Children - Tips and Suggestions
A novel concept, independent learning is an activity that requires active intervention and participation from parents. Parents will need to provide a number of inputs and ideas to their children so that the basic concepts are imparted to the children in an easy manner.


Promoting Independent Learning in the Primary Classroom
By Jill Williams

From birth, human beings are striving to make sense of the world. They learn through interaction, modeling first hand experience and independent action. Most children arrive at school with the notion that being independent and having the desire to take responsibility has been seen, in their homes, as a good thing. What often happens is that responsibility may be denied them in school and that any further bid for independence is viewed as negative behavior.

Independence in the classroom should be seen as beneficial for learners and also for teachers. The argument presented by the author is that a climate in which decision-making is valued, where children are enabled to solve problems and where children and adults respect each others point of view will be a climate in which independence flourishes


Learning for Themselves: Pathways for thinking and independent learning in the primary classroom
By Kath Murdoch

In a world of rapidly changing knowledge that requires new and transferable skills, classrooms are increasingly being viewed as places where pupils learn how to learn. In order to help pupils develop new skills, teachers must encourage them to work independently and manage themselves as learners. "Learning for Themselves" offers teachers a repertoire of effective strategies and frameworks to nurture independent learning.

The chapters are organized into four broad areas: learning preferences, thinking, inquiry, and personal challenges. Each section includes learning tasks covering commonly addressed topics in primary school curriculums, with each task designed to be adapted by students and teachers to suit particular interests and a range of teaching and learning goals.



TV tots
Baltimore Sun Mar 02, 2009

Baby experts have been saying TV is bad for little brains for at least a decade. Many parents believe it is good. A study slated for release today in the journal Pediatrics says they both are wrong.

Can Babies Learn in Utero?
Gant Daily Mar 01, 2009

From the moment of birth, an infant begins rapidly absorbing information, piecing together the framework of his or her future self. But what happens during all that time the bun's still in the oven? Does learning begin in utero?

Parents who allow children to stay up late 'creating a generation of insomniacs'
The Telegraph Mar 01, 2009

According to scientists, the effect of late nights on a child's body clock is greater than the effect on an adult's, and bad habits will prove harder to reverse. Dr Jun Kohyama, a pediatrician at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, found that more than half of one-year-olds now go to bed after 10pm.

Children with hypertension have trouble with thinking, memory
Eureka Alert Feb 24, 2009

Children with high blood pressure are not as good at complicated, goal-directed tasks, have more working memory problems and are not as adept at planning as their peers without hypertension, according to recent research. If they are both hypertensive and obese, they are more likely to have anxiety and depression.

Value of play - play is vital to growing kids
The Examiner Feb 24, 2009

Play is the way children learn - it opens the eyes and ears to new experiences and it lights up the brain with neural activity. Play is the language of childhood - it follows the unique logic of imagination that allows children to prepare for real world situations and challenges. Play is what makes us human - it transcends the ordinary using laughter, optimism and flexibility.

Gifted Children Shape Personalities According to Social Stigma
News Wise Mar 2, 2009

Gifted youths already know what they want to be when they grow up, but when they are asked why they made their choices, they are not able to explain. Society identifies the gifted child with high intelligence and is often hasty to identify this intelligence with specific subjects, especially exact or prestigious sciences. The maturing children are quick to adopt this identity, renouncing the process of building self-identity.


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