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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 #8   Issue #15

ISSN: 0219-7642    Feb 21, 2010

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Memory and learning show a marked degree of correlation that is often direct and mutual. Learning process can quicken when the brain cells store large amount of information and later retrieve them for productive purposes. However, not all children have equal degree of memory power. Some children can have extraordinary abilities to recall and retrieve stored information. On the other hand, many other children show a poor ability to recall and retrieve information. The reasons for poor memory could be numerous.

Poor memory power could be due to genetic and hereditary factors. It could also be due to very poor nutrition especially in the fist six or seven years. Poor study methods and teaching could be the other reasons for poor memory power. Whatever the case, parents will need to help their children develop memory power by using standard techniques designed exclusively for this purpose. It is possible for you to boost memory and learning in your children. Please take your time to study some of the simplest methods of enhancing memory and learning. Have a nice day.

Thought for today:
"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." - George Washington Carver

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Andrew Loh
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Boosting Memory and Learning in Your Child - Fundamentals
Memory is a process of retaining information in your brain and later recall and retrieve them for a number of purposes. Memory is a basic brain function that depends on many factors. Better memory in children will help them perform better in both classroom and life.

Boosting Memory and Learning in Your Child - Basic Methods
Boosting memory and subsequent learning is possible by using a number of easy methods. Parents can use these methods to enhance and boost memory in their children at least by some degree. Some of these methods look to improve the nutritional standard in your children, while others relate to brainy techniques and solutions.


Q1: I am trying (like many parents) to get a gauge of my son's learning potential-level so I can provide the best for him. I am looking for concrete examples of normal vs. advanced reasoning for a 20-24 month old....

A: It appears quite obvious that your son's development is rather advanced, something gifted children usually master by two years of age. For a 24 month old child, the average development would see the child being able to feed oneself with a spoon, drink from a straw, recognize parts of the face and points them out when asked, take things apart, ability to build tower ... etc. A gifted child would show about 30% advanced development of some skills and abilities by weeks, months or even years.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Developmental Milestones of a Gifted Toddler here.

Q2: My daughter is five years old now. She was a very alert baby. We had difficult time making her sleep since she would wake up and cry for attention when the phone rings, or even when we talked quietly in the house. She was a very active toddler. We had a hard time when we first put her into a preschool classroom. She was not able to sit still during circle/story time and was not able to stay in one spot during snack time...

A: Is a rough guide, at about 3 plus, your daughter should have a vocabulary of around 500 words leading towards 1,200 words or more by age 4. By 5 years of age, she should be able to, identify some letters of the alphabet, use six words in a sentence, use “and,” “but,” and “then” to make longer sentence. Having said that, preschoolers range widely in the number of words that they use and this guide is just an average development of most kids within the mentioned age range. On the other hand, gifted children tend to talk earlier, have larger vocabularies, and use longer sentences in comparison to their non-gifted peers.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Speech Delays, Social Concerns and Giftedness here.

Q3: I have a foster child who has been with me for 5 years since age 6. He came from an abusive and neglected background. At age 6 he battled to talk properly, couldn't hold a pen to write or draw, couldn't even open a simple sweet wrapper. I was originally told by the social worker that he is retarded...

A: I am so sorry to hear the issues you are going through. I think you may need some constant help professionally in bringing up this precious child. It is hard to advise without seeing and talking to him in person so I will try to guide you a little. What you need to be aware of is that most gifted children tend to be emotionally quite sensitive; in your case perhaps he is highly sensitive and emotional.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Adopted Gifted Child here.


Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power
By Susan M. Heim and Holly Engel-smothers

Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honours excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others.

A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.


Bright From the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3
By Jill Stamm and Paula Spencer

Dr. Jill Stamm's Bright from the Start gives parents the most leading-edge approach to maximizing their children's intellectual potential - a powerful advantage in today's competitive world. These are critically important tools that will enhance your child's mind and solidify the parent-child bond. In the tradition of the WHAT TO EXPECT books, BRIGHT FROM THE START gives parents of newborns and toddlers essential information on healthy development. What we are learning today from brain research is amazing, and this book makes that research into a parent-friendly tool.

I highly recommend this practical and very important book. Jill Stamm has synthesized an important set of brain science findings and made them accessible to all those interested in offering children the best of cutting-edge knowledge on what helps a child develop.



Teachers can influence brain development
Lethbridge Herald Feb 18, 2010

Teachers can influence brain development in their students and sometimes they may make all the difference in the world to a child. Children require physical protection, limit setting and a stable environment but their primary need is for ongoing, nurturing relationships, said Robbin Gibb, a University of Lethbridge neuroscientist, during her keynote speech Thursday at the Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching conference at the U of L.

Sexy science: How to spot a genius
The Times Feb 17, 2010

What makes a mathematical genius? Is there anything that is architecturally distinct about the brain of those who have extreme talent compared with the average numerate individual? Was Isaac Newton's brain hardwired for mathematics, or was he just in the right place at the right time when he discovered the calculus? Why did Carl Friedrich Gauss excel at so many different areas of maths, finding patterns in the primes and creating new?

Is your child on par?
Calgary Herald Feb 18, 2010

The three-year-old brain may not be as much of a mystery as a toddler's parents might think it is. In fact, research has shown that the more parents understand their child's developmental milestones, the more sensitive and skilful they become in raising their children. So, rather than worrying about whether toddlers are on par with their peers, and ready to conquer the preschool environment, why not find out where they should be at for their age?

Nutrition: The recipe for preschool success
Calgary Herald Feb 18, 2009

For busy parents, it can be an accomplishment just getting their children out of the house on time -- forget about planning healthy snacks. But a healthy diet is crucial to ensuring little bodies develop and grow and that pint-sized scholars are working to their maximum potential, says Barb Thomas, Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Love2Eat Nutritional Consulting.

Babies and books
Daily Tidings Feb 12, 2010

Ashland librarians are fond of saying it is never too early to encourage a love of books in children. When they say "never too early," they really mean it. In addition to the library's many story times for kids and Babies in the Library programs, all designed to encourage literacy and the joys of reading, the library now has teamed with Ashland Community Hospital to get babies hooked on reading fresh out of the womb.

Young Einstein
MB Feb 05, 2010

Reading at 3 years old. Playing a musical instrument at an early age. Getting one perfect score after another in school. We think we know what giftedness in children means, but really, we don't. According to educator and gifted and talented specialist Mary Ellen Ryan, who was recently in the country to facilitate the 12th Annual Convention-Workshop for the Philippine Association for the Gifted, nobody really has one definition of giftedness.

Positive discipline helps children learn to control their impulses
Vancouver Sun Feb 08, 2010

All too often the word discipline goes hand in hand with the concept of punishment."So the idea of positive discipline might seem odd to some people," says clinical psychologist Joan Durrant. But in her lexicon discipline means teaching, and it's based on building blocks that help children succeed.


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