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


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Volume #3   Issue #12

ISSN: 0219-7642    March 18, 2005

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Recently, I have been working on two community services. Deep down in my heart I know I always wanted to give something back to the community. I used to think that I can only give my times or money when I have achieved financial freedom or when I'm retired. Then, I'll have all the times and money to do community service.

But, after reading The Power of Giving by John Harricharan, I was touched by his spirit of Giving. John chose to give even when he had so little to give. His story encouraged me to just go ahead to give whenever it is deemed appropriate. I don't have to wait until I have enough to give. I hope John's story inspires you too! Have a great weekend.

"If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart."
- Arab Proverb

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Rewards and Praise: The Poisoned Carrot
By Robin Grille


Q: Does a child who walks as early as ten months, generally more intelligent than a child who walks at twelve months? Does a one year child who is able to say four single words, early in his/her language development? Is there any correlation between physical development and language development in intelligences? Please advise.

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on bodily-kinesthetic skills here

Q: My daughter turned 5 this past November and is enrolled in a full-day kindergarten program. She is doing well; e.g., she is able to read Hop on Pop almost entirely on her own and understands simple addition. My town imposes a cut-off date for entry into the 1st grade that she does not meet (must be 6 by Oct.1) but I do not want to hold her back. I've been looking into some private schools and some use standardized tests such as terra nova test to determine if she can enter their school. My questions are:

      1. Is such testing appropriate at this age?
      2. What are your feelings about pushing her ahead?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on terra nova test here



Recommended age: 3 - 6 years

Encourage the creativity even at the youngest age. The Aqua Doodle is a child's version of Magna Doodle only the children draw with water. The image magically appears and after approximately 20 seconds the area dries and color disappears. Parents fill the pen holders with water and wet the stamp pad. The child draws comes with storage pouch, magic pen, and drawing mat. Big enough for 2 to play on.




Whole brain learning is a new frontier for science
Santa Cruz Style March 7, 2005

What is whole brain learning? Whole brain learning affects each and every one of us throughout every stage of life. Brain science helps determine what experiences and substances are most likely to contribute to having a healthy brain.

Television: how much is too much?
IOL March 17, 2005

No matter the content of television, however educational, too much screen time is affecting children, say teachers, and it's cause for concern.

Primary school teachers say they are noticing marked changes in the behavior of young children, which include lack of concentration, poor language skills and low muscle tone.

Group links mercury to learning disabilities March 15, 2005

About 12 percent to 15 percent of all children and adults have learning and other developmental disabilities, some of which are caused by mercury exposure. Exactly how many are affected is uncertain.

Heavy metals link to chronic illnesses
News Straits Times March 15, 2005

Autism, hyperactivity, chronic allergies, asthma and epilepsy, among others, have been linked to toxic levels of heavy metals such as mercury and lead in the blood.

Smoking During Pregnancy May Lower Child's IQ March 7, 2005

The study said that, regardless of factors such as social status, women who smoked 20 or more cigarettes daily late in their pregnancy were likely to have sons who tested more poorly on standardized IQ tests at age 18 or 19. The more women smoked, the more profound the effect on intelligence, the researchers found.


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