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Volume #5   Issue #23

ISSN: 0219-7642    July 22, 2007

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For all the Harry Potter fans out there, the last installment of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series, called “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was released on July 21 with much ‘fanfare' such as the full book was leaked online on a Bittorrent file-sharing site or an online US publisher was sued over shipping the books to customers before the 12.01am July 21 sales date. On top of this things, a Roman Catholic priest and exorcist coordinator of the Archdiocese of Mexico City made the comments that the popular Harry Potter book and film series could allow the devil to enter children's minds and does 'a lot of damage' ....;-).

I don't know about you, I just don't have the time to read such a thick book. Most probably I will catch the movie. Will I bring my kids to the movie? Well, I don't live in Mexico City, I guess the devil can't do any harm to my kids ...;-). Take care!

Thought for today:
No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future. " - Anonymous

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Kids Learn A Lot of Skills From The World Of Play
By Ken Mathie

For children, play is their work. It is naturally enjoyable, of course, but more than that, it is their way of learning about the world. It helps them naturally engage in things that interest them. Play gives very young children the means to experience the world through their own eyes, which is vital for their development. Read more here!

Learning and Play - Maximize the Value of Your Childs Playtime
By Paul Fox

Playtime is an essential part of growing up. Through play children hasten their own development while they learn about the world around them.



Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
By Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D

This book shows why and how to step away from the cult of achievement and toward a more nurturing home life full of imaginative play and love of learning. Play is Back!





Montessori Play And Learn: A Parent's Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six
By Lesley Britton

We all want the best possible starts in life for our children, and one of the best possible starts in life, educationally, is the "method" pioneered by Maria Montessori and taught successfully today throughout the world.

Now, Lesley Britton, the leading Montessori practitioner in England for more than twenty years, will show parents how to bring Montessori home. If you would like to facilitate the development of your child's unique personality, make it possible for him to develop to his full intellectual capacity, and help him become socially and emotionally well adjusted, then this is the book for you.



Is your child normal?
Yorkshire Post July 11, 2007

Is your child developing normally? Every kid is different, of course, but research shows that there are things you could and should be doing to appropriately stimulate and engage your toddler. There is increasing evidence that experience-based brain development in the early years of life sets neurological and biological pathways that affect lifelong health, learning and behaviour.

Figuring out what's normal?
LA Times July 16, 2007

The National Institutes of Health Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of Normal Brain Development, an encyclopedic and unprecedented project, will track the growth and structural changes of healthy children's brains as they develop from birth to late adolescence - providing developmental researchers and pediatricians with a benchmark, finally, of what is "normal.".

Researchers explore links between short-term memory, IQ
CBC News July 12, 2007

Psychologists at the University of Oregon researched short-term memory capacity and a possible underlying link to general intelligence. They found individual short-term memory capacity varied from person to person, but that capacity was a strong indicator of IQ and scholastic aptitude. They also found people with high IQs could think about more things simultaneously.

Why are children today so unhappy?
DailyMail July 18, 2007

According to figures released last month, one in ten now suffers from a clinically-recognised mental health problem, and earlier this year a UNICEF report on "childhood well-being" found that out of 21 nations across the developed world, British children are the unhappiest. A damning survey by the National Consumer Council, reported in the Mail, revealed that children who watch too much television and spend hours on the internet are "greedy and unhappy".

New fear over MMR link with rising autism
Telegraph UK July 10, 2007

Two of the seven experts who contributed towards the study, Dr Fiona Scott and Dr Carol Stott, are reported to have said in private that they thought the high figure could be linked to the use of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. However, last night Dr Scott denied this was the case.

Fish oil's effect on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder studied
Chronicle Journal July 10, 2007

Dr. Ed Rawana, director for the Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs, said a new Omega-3 fatty acid supplement has shown dramatic results in children with ADHD.  Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. But this is not an ordinary Omega-3 supplement that can be purchased over the counter. Dubbed Eye Q, the mixture of fish and plant-derived lipids will be measured for its effectiveness at reducing attention difficulties.

Maternal fish consumption aids infants in problem-solving
physorg July 18, 2007

Pregnant and nursing women should consume fish or take supplements with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, as a new study found that just a moderate amount of DHA significantly improves fetal and infant development of problem-solving abilities, according to Carol Lammi-Keefe, who is now an LSU professor.

Flu while pregnant can harm fetus
The Australian July 16, 2007

Women who catch the flu during pregnancy are up to seven times more likely to have a child with schizophrenia - and scientists believe they have finally figured out why. A rogue protein, interleukin 6 - produced when a pregnant woman is fighting a viral infection - may help trigger mental illnesses such as autism and schizophrenia in the child, US neuroscientist Paul Patterson said yesterday.


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