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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 #11   Issue #20

ISSN: 0219-7642    March 17, 2013

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Sometime back, the Newsweek magazine published a thought-provoking article that related to preschool children asking a minimum of hundred questions per day to their parents. More often, parents never respond to these tricky questions that center around “why”, “how” and “what” aspects of the question.

The magazine (Newsweek) also reported that such questions might never stop during early childhood, while children might stop asking any more questions altogether as they enter their middle school. Incidentally, this is the time when children's internal motivation and active engagement with learning actually crash! The Newsweek concluded that children might lose their interest, because they stopped asking delicate questions to their parents.

In other words, when curiosity disappears from children' life, creativity will automatically cease to exist too! Curiosity always leads to higher levels of thinking and problem solving abilities that in turn help children to develop different types of creativity. Creativity may never come automatically to our children. Opportunities to ask questions, evaluating them and developing a power to imagine are the three important ingredients to develop creativity. In other words, creativity is the stepping-stone to academic and professional success. All the best.

Thought for today:
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney

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Nurturing Creativity in Children - Understanding Basics and Comprehending Fundamentals
To be creative, children should see things in fresh ways and from a very different perspective. In addition, they may also need to synthesize new options and opportunities so that they learn something new and fresh. Read more here!

Unlocking the Power of Creativity in Children - Learning Simple Techniques
It is possible to nurture the art of creative thinking in children. Creativity is a skill that children must cultivate with consistent practice and determination. Here are some simple ideas and suggestions to teach children how they can be creative.

Ask an Expert

Q1: I have 8 year old triplets born 06/09/2004. They are in 3rd grade. My one son Joey has always been an advanced learner. He was reading in preschool and has been doing Math in his head as long as I can remember. He has an exceptional ability to remember facts. While in second grade the school administered the CogAt test......This son of mine confuses me with his intelligence. I am not sure what avenues to pursue with him. He was moved up to 4th grade math 5 weeks into this school year and is excelling in the class. The school has no gifted and talented program until 5th grade.

A: From his scores alone, it is clear that Joey is in the highly gifted range. Briefly, The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a test administered to K-12 students to assess their abilities in three areas; verbal reasoning, nonverbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning. This test is most commonly used by schools to determine placement for gifted and talented programs. CogAT scores are reported in terms of percentiles and stanines rather than IQ, which compares students to their peers...... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - Highly Gifted Child here.

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This delightful and useful book is a joyous antidote to the canned electronic amusements, which stifle our kids' creative juices. Parents and teachers who explore its wealth of ideas will benefit themselves, their children, and the potential of our society


Latest Brainy News

The Genius of Raising Brilliant Kids: A Conversation With Jack Andraka's Parents
Forbes Feb 02, 2013

He is the son of an engineer and anesthetist who has vaulted his way onto the main stage of science and innovation. Jack's work on developing a rapid, highly sensitive and inexpensive test for cancer has made headlines around the world.

Gifted children need teachers who set intellectual challenges
Deccan Herald Feb 21, 2013

Gifted Education (GE) is the umbrella term for enriching, diversifying, and modifying curriculum to meet the needs of gifted children: the need for stimulation and challenge. Because of their advanced cognitive development and (usually) rapid pace of work, gifted children in a typical Indian classroom spend lots of time unoccupied and bored.

Arts & Crafts: Building blocks for self-expression
Boulder Weekly Mar 13, 2013

For kids, art is more than just finger painting and doodling. It is their best chance to learn about and express their own emotions, according to some child psychologists.

Reading to kids at early age helps development
Tulsa World Mar 04, 2013

University of Tulsa education professor Diane Beals said reading to young children - those too young to understand what you're saying - is a way for kids to receive warm and responsive interaction from adults, which is important.

12-year-old Indian-origin girl is smarter than Einstein
Niti Central Mar 07, 2013

A 12-year-old Indian-origin girl in UK surprised everyone after she surpassed geniuses like Einstein and Stephen Hawking in terms of IQ level. An IQ test participated by the child prodigy has confirmed that she possesses an incredible 162.

Why IQ is a myth
Timesofindia Mar 10, 2013

Now, why is an IQ score absurd? If you can't compare raw IQ scores, it hardly tells you how important (not statistically significant but another level of significance) or large the variation in real terms is.

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