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


~ B R A I N Y - Z I N E ~

" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #12   Issue #18

ISSN: 0219-7642    Feb 23, 2014

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Abnormally gifted children are very difficult to find, and in fact, they are far few and scattered in our civilization's historical timeline. We can easily recollect few names of greatest achievers in the history of mankind and in the field of music, academics and sports. For example, Akim Chamara is a great example of a case where a child prodigy started playing violin when he was just two years of age. Tutored and chiselled by another child prodigy, Andrew Rieu. Akim Charama started performing in front of highly knowledgeable crowd of few thousands of music enthusiasts.

Akim Chamara is not alone who is standing in the world of exceptional performers. There are many others too in the field of sports, literature, arts, painting and craft. All of them were born with prodigal talent and skill. Not all children are extremely gifted. Some of them are extremely talented and skilled while others are just good and average.

Whatever the case, one issue assumes lot of importance here. These delicately spread examples of gifted children cases, might provide parents enough motivation and internal drive to help their children achieve excellence in life. It is entirely up to parents' dedication and efforts to help their children perform to the best of their abilities. Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result." - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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Feature Articles

Focus and Concentration in Children - Two Important Cognitive Skills for Lifelong Success
Two of the most important cognitive skills, focus and concentration are the foundation stones for future success that is overtly linked to better classtroom performance.

Focus and Concentration in Children - Various Techniques to Motivate Children to Learn in an Effective Way
It is possible to boost focus and concentration in children by using a series of techniques and methods. Like any other life skills, focus and concentration could be boosted and made internal and lifelong.

Brainy Products

Focusing and Calming Games for Children: Mindfulness Strategies and Activities to Help Children to Relax, Concentrate and Take Control
By Deborah M. Plummer

Focus, mindfulness, relaxation and concentration are key elements of achieving emotional well-being, and are also important for a child's development of skills and abilities. "Focussing and Calming Activities for Children" helps children to build social, emotional and spiritual well-being. Part One covers the theoretical and practical background. It illustrates how the capacity to calm oneself, focus attention and concentrate can help a child build specific skills and abilities and regulate themselves, and demonstrates the importance of play and imagination. It also sets out how to structure the emotional environment.

Part Two is made up of games and activities that teach children how to develop these mindfulness and calming skills. The activities are suitable for use with groups and individual children aged 5-12, and can be adapted for children with specific attention and concentration difficulties and for older children. This is an ideal resource for teachers, counsellors, social workers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, youth workers, parents, and carers.


Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
By Ellen Galinsky

Galinsky (Six Stages of Parenthood; Ask the Children) has spent her career observing and analyzing how children learn. Collaborating with top researchers in the science of childhood brain development for the past decade, she identifies seven life skills that help children reach their full potential and unleash their passion to learn. The skills are presented in a readable and accessible volume enlivened by parents' narratives about what works and what doesn't, hints and tips, and over a hundred suggestions (games and family activities) for involving kids in the pursuit of learning.

Each of seven chapters focuses on one skill, most of them involved with the executive (or management) function of the brain, such as focus and self-control, communicating, and critical thinking. Galinsky urges parents to instil in their children a grasp of different kinds of knowledge to best tap inborn sense and foster self-motivation.


Latest Brainy News

How a Pregnant Mother's Diet Could Change a Child's Brain
The Atlantic Feb 18, 2014

Scientists have pursued every possible avenue to try and figure out why we keep getting fatter. They've explored our genes, our brains, our hormones and our gut bacteria, not to mention our fatty, sugary diets and sedentary lifestyles.

Music training raises a child's IQ
Irish Examiner Feb 16, 2014

It's an intuitive love, with more than a thousand research studies demonstrating how music can boost a child's intelligence, emotional and social development and self-esteem.

Long sentences better for babies' development than baby talk
Health 24 Feb 14, 2014

The sooner parents start explaining the world to their baby, the better. That does not mean flash cards for tots, or merely pointing out objects: "Here's an orange. That's a bowl."

Not just baby talk: chatting spurs brain development
Sowetan Live Feb 17, 2014

Baby talk is more than just bonding: chatting with your infant spurs important brain development that sets the stage for lifelong learning, researchers said Thursday.

Doctor: Start reading to children early
Columbia Daily Herald Feb 16, 2014

With new studies showing a connection between low literacy levels and high risks for poverty, one local organization is hoping to raise both money and awareness.

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