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Volume #7   Issue #10

ISSN: 0219-7642    Dec 21, 2008

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A brand New Year is here with us! With the advent of the New Year, 2009, we are getting ready to say goodbye to the old one, and embrace the New Year with lot of hopes and aspirations. It is the time for a new beginning and fresh start in life. Each one of us had our share of happiness and disappointments. A very meaningful old verb says - "Never cry because it is already over, just smile because it has already happened".

This will be the last newsletter for the year 2008 and I hope that you have enjoyed reading all the previous issues of the newsletters of this year. I have been sending out this free newsletter for years without asking any monetary gift from you. As Christmas, a season of GIVING, is approaching.... I'm pledging that you make a donation to "Children's Heart Foundation" (a's adopted charity) especially at this trying time. I'm a true believer of "The more you give, the more you'll receive". If you appreciate my effort all these years, I ask that you give it to "Children's Heart Foundation", you can make a donation here! Any amount will be fine.

To mark the arrival of New Year and to take a break for the New Year celebrations, there will be no newsletter for the next fortnight. I will be back with a brand new issue of newsletter in the second fortnight of January 2009. Merry Christmas to you and I hope you have a good and a brilliant 2009! Happy Holidays!

Thought for today:
"Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting." - Unknown

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The Power of Imagination and Creative Play - Learning the fundamentals
The power of imagination and creativity helps your children in a number of ways. Parents will need to find out meaningful ways on how they can make their children imaginative and creative. Here are some useful tips and suggestions.

Raising Imaginative and Creative Child - Some Ideas and Tips
Children who possess the qualities of imagination and creativity can reach tremendous success in their professional and personal life. Raising imaginative and creative children is not an easy task! Here are some practical tips and suggestions for parents to make their children develop imagination and creativity.


Q1: We just recently received our son's Stanford 10 test results. He is in the 5th grade. In the following subjects these were his scores. All other subjects were similar in scores. He even had phs for grade equivalent on several. Would he be considered gifted? Thanks!

A: The Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, Fifth Edition (SB5) which is a standardized measurement of intelligence provides a comprehensive coverage of five factors of cognitive ability that is; Fluid Reasoning, Knowledge, Quantitative Reasoning, Visual-Spatial Processing, and Working Memory.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Stanford-Binet 5 Score Interpretation here.

Q1: My 9 year old ADHD son scored 97.5% for Perceptual Reasoning and 95.5 % Visual Perception, IQ 120. Although I went to Harvard, all the web info is so jargon laden that I have no real idea of what they are talking. In layman's English, what are the general definitions that are not so mushy that they are bereft of meaning to simple folk ? I can not brag to my elite friends if I can't define the terms myself.

A: Based on the FSIQ, your son should be in the bright category (please read the answer on “Stanford-Binet 5 Score Interpretation”). This test consists of 10 core subtests with five additional subtests. All of these are summed up to four indexes which makes the full scale IQ (FSIQ) which ranges from 40 (lowest) to 160 (maximum score)... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Technical terms in the WISC-IV here.


Supporting Creativity & Imagination In The Early Years (Supporting Early Learning)
By Bernadette Duffy

This book draws on the author's experience of promoting young children's creativity and imagination in a variety of settings over the last twenty years. The settings include home, centre based care, and this book draws on the practical experience of adults living and working with children in these settings.

The aim of the book is to use real life examples of young children's development and their growing competence to show the richness of their creativity and imagination. Children's development across a wide range of creative and imaginative experiences is outlined and ways of planning and assessing children's progress are discussed. Insights from research are used to inform practice.


Kids Play: Igniting Children's Creativity
By Michele Cassou

Teach children to use intuition and spontaneity to fuel their creativity and gain confidence in them. A must read for art teachers and parents. In Kids Play, Michele Cassou brings her unique method of creative instruction to children and shows parents how they can inspire their children to discover the world of art.

Too often a child's creativity is stunted because he or she feels the need to produce something specific that will meet with the expectations of teachers and parents. Cassou explains that it is the creative process, which should be encouraged in children, and criticism, evaluation, or even praise of the result can actually be damaging.



The importance of play
The National Dec 17, 2008

During the recent holiday break I found myself observing many families with children enjoying the Eid al Adha celebrations in the public parks, in the shopping malls and on the beaches. Watching the children either engage in solitary pursuits or join in games with their siblings or friends led me to wonder why exactly children play and what purpose does it serve?

The Developing Brain: Nurture and Nature
Scoop Dec 5, 2008

Sound and general atmosphere are closely linked. The effects of sound on the attentive, receptive brain are striking. Sound is the first and best teacher of meditation, since unlike sight, one does not control what one hears. Listening without labeling quiets the mind, and opens new dimensions of perception. If that is true for the minds and brains of adults, how much more true is it for the minds and brains of young, developing children?

How to Enhance Your Brain and Memory
IQ Mind Brain Library Nov 28, 2008

Think back to when you were a child and loved to play games. Your parents may have purchased a game for you to help develop your memory. All the cards were laid face down, and then you flipped a card over. Then you flipped a second card over. If it matched the first, the two cards were removed. The trick was to remember where certain cards were; hence the term memory game. As a child, you thought you were just playing a fun game, when in reality; you were learning to hone your memory.

Chopsticks contribute to the intellectual development of the baby
Love-Health Nov 29, 2008

The United States, a family doctor recently put to use chopsticks as a child must learn the skills of one of 21, while Japan took a long time ago on August 4 as a section of chopsticks. This shows that China's traditional food culture as a representative of chopsticks, are popular abroad.

Help your child get ready for life
News Observer Dec 15, 2008

Last week's class dealt with such basics as having a more active relationship with your spouse than you have with your children, saying "No" more than "Yes," and the much-overlooked fact that the discipline of a child is accomplished through the conveyance of proper leadership, not reward or punishment. Having built a strong foundation, we will now move into a set of specifics that are equally essential to raising a child who will be well-equipped to deal successfully with the realities of independence. After all, the purpose of raising a child is to get him or her out of your life and into a life of his/her own.


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