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


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Volume #8   Issue #23

ISSN: 0219-7642    June 13, 2010

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Active children are a source of joy to their parents. Active children are bundles of unlimited energy and strength. At the same time, they are agile and energetic with an open mind to learn everything that happens around them. Active children can learn quickly and perform extremely well in their classroom. In nutshell, active children in a home can enliven the entire ambience of the house with their wit and smartness.

Unfortunately, several intrinsic and extrinsic reasons may push a child to become passive and withdrawn. Passivity in a child is a natural thing that occurs either by birth or by chance. Inactive and passive parenting can push an active child into a passive one. Passive parenting could also make a child passive, because the child will expect the parents to do everything for him or her. Psychology experts believe that passivity in children could be a psychological phenomenon and they also believe that it is possible to reverse this trait by applying thoughtful parenting methods that are active in nature.

Passivity in your child is not a crime; rather, it is a repairable deficiency that could be controlled or corrected with smart and positive parenting methods. It is possible to convert a passive child into a positive and active one. What parents need is an open mind and an inclination to apply the basic methods of positive parenting. Parents may need to teach their children how to be independent and self motivated to do things on their own. Have a nice day.

Thought for today:
"If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders." - Abigail Van Buren

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Transforming a Passive Child into Active Child - Characteristics of a Passive Child
Passivity in children could relate to some unknown emotional causes. Passive children are dull, withdrawn and deficient in self motivation. Passive children also exhibit several visible symptoms.

Transforming a Passive Child into Active Child - Methods to Raise an Active Child
It is possible to transform a passive child into an active one by using thoughtful parenting methods and techniques. Here are some useful methods and techniques that could help parents achieve their goals.


Q1: Is the RAIS an appropriate test to use when assessing for giftedness? If so, what cut-off score would constitute giftedness, or superior IQ, for a child with DOB, 12-31-98? I was informed that this score is 128. Also, if not, what test(s) are known to be most sensitive in assessing giftedness?...

A: The Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales (RAIS), considered as a newcomer in the world of intelligence testing, appears to be the shortest full-intelligence test compared to other intelligence assessment. It takes only about 35 minutes to administer. In contrast to most existing measures of intelligence, the RIAS eliminates dependence on motor coordination, visual-motor speed, and reading skills. The RAIS is divided into four sections .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on The RAIS and the Woodcock Johnson Tests here.

Q2: My child is 3 years 10 months old. He likes puzzle very much, and he can now make 96 pieces puzzle by himself in 30 minutes without looking at the picture, all by his memory. Sometimes, I feels he has very good memory in remembering what I said long ago, in playing the "IQ concept", and other IQ games. My questions are:

  1. Is it considered gifted?

  2. how can i explore his potential in this way?

  3. Is it good to let a young kid to play such a long, intensive mind game like 96 pieces puzzle?

A: Many gifted children have been known to solve puzzles at rather early stages. So it is one of the gifted traits a child may have, though the absence is not indication of non-giftedness. It is quite hard to tell the ages and pieces of puzzles appropriate for children. A ball park figure for a three year old would be 48 pieces and that is usually a very large floor puzzle or lower at 30 pieces large puzzles with a distinct shape... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Puzzles and Giftedness here.


Living With the Active Alert Child: Groundbreaking Strategies for Parents
By Linda S. Budd

It is a big seller. It examines working with kids with really high energy levels who maybe need extra attention. It also provides hundreds of practical ideas for coping with high-energy children. This book spells out the characteristics of 'active alerts' and teaches readers how to help these children thrive in school and family. The author will teach you how easy it is to over-stimulate intense children parents can bring out the best in them.

Bright, controlling, fearful, and highly energetic, active alert children are frequently misdiagnosed as hyperactive or learning disabled. This book shows parents and teachers how to raise, teach, and enjoy active alerts by offering: a clear description of common characteristics and day-to-day parenting strategies with real case histories.


Educating Young Children: Active Learning Practices for Preschool and Child Care Programs
By Mary Hohmann and David P. Weikart

The updated chapters include information on phonemic awareness and preschool reading, additional references, the latest Perry Preschool research results, recent research relating to brain development, and a complete description of a consistent approach to problem solving. Written for early childhood practitioners and students, this manual presents essential strategies adults can use to make active learning a reality in their programs.

This book describes key components of the adult’s role: planning the physical setting and establishing a consistent daily routine; creating a positive social climate; and using High/Scope’s 58 “key experiences” in child development to understand and support young children.



Importance of Reading Books to Children
E How May 17, 2010

Reading to children has many benefits. Because 75 percent of brain growth occurs during the first three years of life, it is never too early to begin the interactive process of reading aloud to babies and toddlers.

School readiness: Reading to children is important
Jacksonville June 07, 2010

We know from years of research that a successful education begins at home. The time from birth to school is a key time in the development of literacy skills. It is during this time that children develop school readiness.

More Evidence on the Importance of Sleep
Wall Street Journal June 07, 2010

A lack of sleep can easily make a child cranky, irritable or unfocused. But can it make your elementary-school child more likely to be depressed or even delinquent? In the latest in a series of expert warnings about the high cost of sleep deprivation, a new study of 140 elementary-school students suggests that it can.

Does Mozart Boost a Baby's IQ? A Researcher Talks About the Complex Answer
Wall Street Journal May 12, 2010

Listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart might make you feel good, but don't expect his music to make you smarter. Newly published research from the University of Vienna that says that listening to the famous Austrian composer has actually very little effect on one's intelligence has brought the issue back into the public discussion.

Meeting the Needs of Gifted & Talented Children
VPR May 27, 2010

If a child is gifted, the assumption is that he or she will automatically do well in school. But that's not always the case. Teachers and schools don't always recognize high potential students or know how to keep them engaged and challenged. We discuss the challenges educators, parents and gifted children face in the classroom.

Gifted Kids: Are the Best Minds Being Left Behind?
Take Part May 17, 2010

All across America there are public schools that never bother to identify children who possess extraordinary gifts. Like treasure that's buried just beneath the surface, these children's unique talents remain hidden, an untapped national resource gone to waste.


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