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


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Volume #5   Issue #8

ISSN: 0219-7642    Dec 10, 2006

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It's that time of year again as Christmas is fast approaching. It is a season that's devoted to GIVING. A time when we transcend our petty thoughts of self-interest and reach out to others. So, I would like to make a pledge....

Vinodh is an 8 year old with a heart birth defect called Ventricular Septal Defect. Hundreds of kids like Vinodh in India need complex heart operations early in life. The cost of surgery - around Rs.65,000 (US$1,450). Vinodh's parents earn Rs.200 (US$4.50) a month. A cure for their little one seemed out of reach...

Your donation to "Children's Heart Foundation" will make a real difference - you'll save a child's life. How much you want to donate is entirely up to you. Your donation don't have to exceptional. Even small ones will do, for as Mother Teresa said, "It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." I've been sending out BrainyZine free for many years. I don't ask for any monetary gift from you. But, if you feel that you want to buy me a beer for my effort all these years, I ask that you give it to "Children's Heart Foundation". Wishing you a great holiday season!

p/s: As everyone is busy during the end of the year and most readers are probably too busy to read our newsletter. So we have decided to give ourselves a break. There will be no newsletter till Jan 7, 2007. See ya next year and slow down to enjoy your holiday season...

Thought for today:
Definition of status seeking: Buying things you can't afford, that you don't need, to impress people you don't like. " - Anonymous

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Identifying Gifted Students: Who Gets Tested and Why
By David Palmer, Ph.D

In this article, Dr. David Palmer, author of the newly released Parents' Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education: All you need to know to make the right decisions for your child, answers these questions and more.

5 Tips On How Parents Can Take Control Of Their Lives
By Linda Milo

This article pointing parents to five tips that could put more relaxation and ease into each parenting day. "I'm overwhelmed" doesn't have to exist when you know how to make family life livable, workable and enjoyable!


Spinmaster Aqua Doodle Basic Mat
By Spinmaster
Recommended Age: 3 to 10 years

The Aquadoodle isn't a pool or tub toy, but without water it's no fun at all. Just add water, doodle with the "magic" pen and see color magically appear when water touches the mat with no mess. The designs dry and disappear in less than a minute. The 81 by 53-inch drawing mat is large enough for several kids to doodle on at a time, using the included magic marker pens over and over again.

No ink, no paint, and no mess!



SmartVille Alphabet Train Station
By V.Smile
Recommended Age: 12 months+

The Alphabet Train Station packs a slew of activities for preschoolers, usually found in a combination of toys, into one fun-filled set.

This "smart" learning toy fuels your child's imagination with moving, interactive parts. Place the included 28 brainy characters on hot spots throughout the station and watch them talk and teach your child. Wind the hands on the station clock to learn time. Identify letters and their sounds on the light-up display. Move the train across the electronic track to hear the alphabet.



Boost your baby's brain power
News 14 Charlotte Dec 9, 2006

Genes and environment both play an important role in determining your child's intelligence. But science is proving there are other ways you can boost your child's brain power, and they start early.

Developing through play
The Star Dec 7, 2006

Children need to play as much as they need food, shelter and clean air. Children do not need to cram their minds with information. When they play, they learn to be resourceful and seek out the right kind of information for use in their play.

A Nation of Overscheduled Kids? Maybe Not
ABC News Dec 4, 2006

The American Academy of Pediatrics, which published one of the studies, warns that children today need more downtime, more time for free play...The study finds that kids engaged in organized activities perform better academically than their peers who do not. Busy kids are more likely to get straight As, graduate from high school, go to college, and less likely to use drugs. In short, contrary to popular belief, participation in organized activities is associated with positive outcomes.

The power of music: Improving a child's brain power a note at a time
The Acorn Nov 30, 2006

Researchers have found the first evidence that young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training. After one year of music lessons, the musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, math and IQ.

Gifted Children and Homeschooling
Home Educator Dec 7, 2006

If parents have a gifted child, should they look at homeschooling as an option? Not every parent should consider homeschooling for a gifted child and not every gifted child should be homeschooled. That said, homeschooling is an excellent alternative for many gifted children at some point in their development.


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