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


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Volume #4   Issue #5

ISSN: 0219-7642    Nov 13, 2005

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It's unbelievable! We have come to the 3rd anniversary for BrainyZine! 3 years ago when I started, my aim was to capture the niche market of parents who are interested in making their kids smarter and in the process make some m.oney out of it. I strived to provide content that was fresh and helpful, and sometimes embedded some off-topic motivation messages that I hope has positive impact to everyone. Today, BrainyZine is a unique online newsletter that attracts thousands of parents from more than a hundred countries.

It has been a three long years since I had grown from my very first website of to many other websites and making a living on Internet today. I can't just walk away from and focus on other m.oney making websites. I guess it's like your first love, there's always a place in your heart for them ....8-). I have the similar kind of sentimental feeling with So, the objective of will remain largely unchanged - that is to continue to provide information and resources that make positive impact to parents and ultimately bring greater benefit to the children.

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Do You Want Your Children to Be Like You?
By Margaret Paul, Ph.D


Q1: My son that will be 5 in October was given a cognitive ability test and did not qualified for a gifted program. He scored 69th percentile in verbal, 50th in quantitative and 36th in non-verbal. Now, my question is that he has a lot of the characteristics of a gifted child. How accurate is this test?

A: Find Dr. Sandhu's answer on Cognitive Ability Test

Q2: My son attended 2nd grade reading classes while in Kindergarten and did very well, but I am against his skipping a grade ... mainly because of his size. I can't help but wonder if I am making the wrong decision, especially since he says he hates school. He tells me that they keep making him learn the things he already knows. I worry about all the other "social skills" he may miss. Am I wrong in thinking "mom knows best"? Perhaps this time, I don't know what is best form my son. Please help! Thanks.

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Grade Skipping for the Gifted

Q3: My daughter is 4 years 3 months. Her nursery teacher suspected she is gifted and recommend an IQ test. Her IQ test shows a score of 120, her scores was pull down as she scores only 20 percentile for her 'visual image' testing. Thus, the tester suspected she might have some learning disabilities.

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on High IQ Test Score and Possible Learning Disabilities



Your Baby Can Read, Set 1
* Studio: Infant Learning Co.
* Starring: Dr. Robert Titzer
* Review: 5 Stars

A BrainyZine's subscriber bought the 'Your Baby Can  Read' recommended in the previous issue. She wrote to me that her daughter can now read over 50 words in just 2 months! Another young toddler was able to read after using Dr. Robert's reading system. She was featured in MSN Video and you can watch the 'Reading Toddler' video here (you will have to watch a 30 seconds ads before the actual video comes up, so be patient!) .


Does it work? Omega-3 fatty acid
Telegraph Nov 8, 2005

A decade ago, few of us would have known where to find an omega-3 fatty acid if our lives had depended on it. Today, you could be forgiven for thinking that your very existence depends on your intake of omega-3s. Fatty acids have been credited with improving the heart, brain, skin, foetus, immune system and joints.

Fish oil helps hyperactive kids
Daily Mail Jan 27, 2004

Professor Robert Winston has been giving daily doses of fish oil supplements containing Omega 3 fatty acids to two children, each with different behavioural problems. Three months later, the changes have been significant. One boy's aggressive behaviour almost vanished and the other, once withdrawn and uncommunicative, has become popular and outgoing.

What is good child care?
CBS News Nov 7, 2005

The first found that kids who got high quality care did better on standardized tests. Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of Families and Work Institute tells The Early Show that high quality comes from the relationship your child has with the person who's teaching.

Studies highlight pros and cons of childcare
United Press International Nov 1, 2005

Studies show that children in child-care centers have better reading and math scores but have weaker social skills and more behavioral problems, a report said.

Study adds proof that too much TV, video games detrimental to kids' development Nov 6, 2005

Recent study by the University of Washington Child Health Institute found that television -- even supposedly educational programs such as "Sesame Street" -- can be harmful to the cognitive development of children younger than 2. "Passive learning is more than ineffective -- it's detrimental," she said. "A child needs to get down there in the dirt and see the ants."

IQ affected by habits and lifestyle
Johns Hopkins Newsletter  Nov 4, 2005

Studies have shown people's IQ levels fluctuate during the day depending on their habits and lifestyles. According to, there are six ways students can avoid a mentally sluggish day.

When It Comes to Babies Learning Language, the Eyes Have It
Newswise Nov 9, 2005

Infants begin pulling off an amazing feat sometime in the final three months of their first year of life. They learn an important social interaction by following the gaze of an adult, a step that gives babies a big boost in understanding language.


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