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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 #7   Issue #6

ISSN: 0219-7642    Oct 26, 2008

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Every child in this world has the required power to get unlimited success, both in the school and in life. To achieve this success, every parent and class teacher can help and assist their children. However, the bottom line is, how we can help our children succeed in schools and classrooms? Most of us already know how painful and anxious it can be for a child to go to class, study his or her lessons, prepare for tests and write them to score better marks and good grades. "Test anxiety" and "Fear of failure" are two of most dreaded words for both parents and children.

Parents are children's first and best teachers! That is what the popular saying tells us! But, what happens once children leave the coziness of their homes and affectionate arms of their parents to a school to face classrooms and teachers? Parents are children's lifetime teachers! But, children tend to treat their teachers as their second parents, once they adjust to the rigors of lessons and classroom routines. Parents and teachers can always show the real values of education with their actions and intentions.

However, how do we ensure that our children reach qualified success in their classroom? Available research shows us that when both parents and teachers are actively involved in children's school classrooms and lessons, they have better chances of succeeding in the school and perform better to score good grades. However, there is a tricky question here- what exactly is active involvement? Is it helping the child to read and write in a fluid manner? Is it helping our children with their homework? Or, does it involve helping them in their art and craft work?

Simply speaking, both parents and teachers may need to encourage and nurture children by convincing them about the value of better classroom performance and how it can help them in their personal and professional life. Understanding the basic needs and requirements of our children seems to be the first real step in making them ready for better and meaningful classroom performance. All the best!

Thought for today:
" The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it" - John Ciardi

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Andrew Loh
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Helping Your Children Succeed in the Classroom
Classroom performance is very critical for your child's future success. Better classroom performance starts right in your home and in your presence. You are your child's first real teacher! Here are some tips that will help you how you can assist your child perform better in the classroom.

Improving Classroom Performance of Your Child - Some Practical Tips
Better classroom performance is a series of steps and instructions that start very early in your child's age. As a parent, you can do a lot of things to help your child succeed in the classroom. Here are some practical and useful tips that will help your child compete with his or her peers in the classroom to show better performance.


Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging Ages 4-9
By Joan Franklin Smutny, Sally Yahnke, Walker, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth and Marjorie Lisovskis

This book inspires teachers to keep a sharp lookout for bright young students--including those who may not appear "high-ability" at first glance! Students will be happier and more productive both at school and at home if teachers and parents used approaches to learning described in this book. It would make a wonderful gift from parents to a teacher at a parent-teacher conference! The authors also stress on the importance of value based education and curriculum based teaching based on the abilities and intelligence of children.


Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers
By Carol Ann Strip and Gretchen Hirsch

This user-friendly guidebook educates parents and teachers about important gifted issues such as working together, evaluating classroom programs, forming parent support groups, choosing appropriate curriculum, meeting social and emotional needs, surviving the ups and downs, and much more!

The information and useful advice provided make this book an ideal resource both for those just starting out in the gifted field as well as those who are seasoned veterans. Features Include: Gifted minority and gifted disabled issues, strategies for parenting and teaching gifted children, social and emotional concerns specific to gifted children, a question and answer section for further understanding and an in-depth reference appendix for additional support.



Women lack baby brain food: study
News.Com.Au Oct 16, 2008

TWO out of three women of child-bearing age are not getting enough of the vital mineral iodine needed for a baby's healthy brain development, Australian research shows.

Iodine May Be the Critical Mineral for Weight Loss, Energy and Beauty
Natural News Oct 21, 2008

Iodine is essential for proper brain development and cognitive ability. There have been many studies showing the importance of iodine during gestation when cognitive potential is formed. A mother with adequate iodine levels will be more likely to produce a child with superior brain development.

Which Toys Are Best for Babies 0-2 Years Old
PRNewswire Oct 20, 2008, one of China's leading B2B search platforms with more than 30 B2B industry websites to its name, reports that an internal study has shown that given the different stages of children's mental development, the best toys will be those that suit their child's physical and psychological characteristics.

Nursery Rhymes: 7 Reasons Why They Are Critical to Early Childhood Development
Fitness Formula Oct 15, 2008

You might be asking yourself if nursery rhymes are outdated and worn thin, since they've been around for ages. After all, everyone has heard them all before. There must be newer, more updated children's materials available today. Of course there are new materials, but maybe the real question to be asking is if the new stuff gives the same value. Nursery rhymes, such as those found here, have stood the test of time because they deliver.

Stop feeding babies with cow's milk
Philippine Daily Inquirer Sep 16, 2008

The crisis involving tainted Chinese baby formula is not the only reason for us to stop feeding cow's milk to babies. (“2 Chinese drinks positive for melamine,” Philippine Daily Inquirer, 10/3/08) Cow's milk is the No. 1 cause of allergies in children, and research links dairy consumption to colic, chronic ear infections, type 1 or juvenile-onset diabetes, acne, obesity, flatulence, constipation and more.

Reasons we should read to our children
The Jamaica Gleaner Oct 12, 2008

When was the last time you read to your child? Is reading an important activity in your home? What kind of memories do you want your child to have of moments spent with you? Many of us were raised with parents and loved ones reading to us as a leisure activity. This simple activity has had tremendous impact on our intelligence, listening skills and school grades, not to mention wonderful memories which we still hold dear to our hearts.


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