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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 #10   Issue #12

ISSN: 0219-7642    November 27, 2011

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Is the life as a parent inspiring? Is the time that we spend as parents, thrilling and exciting? At times, it can be extremely frustrating for a parent to deal with children. Parenthood is a path traversed on both pricking thorns and silky-smooth petals! Some people say children are the mirror images of their parents. Children also follow by examples. What you do now will have a lasting effect on what your children do in the future.

It is best to remember Robert Fulghum's famous quote “Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” Leading by example is a perfect reminder for parents to lead their children to greatness. All of us have some weaknesses and deficiencies in the way we talk, behave and act with people around us. However, a little bit of care and caution may go a long way in parenting our children in a way that is cherished and liked by us. Children are like uncut and raw diamonds. In fact, parents are the diamond polishers who can cut and make it shine like a bright star.

One of the most important aspects of parenting children is to find out the ways in which they learn and master little things in life. This edition of newsletter helps you find out your children' learning style and suggests ways to help them become successful in whatever they do and perform. Have a great day.

Thought for today:
"The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day" - O. A. Battista

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Feature Articles

Show me the way I learn - Dunn's Powerful Learning Theory
Children are different learners. They have their own style of learning. One of the popular ways of using a child learning theory is "Show me the way I learn" Click here to learn more

Parents' Tips to Use Dunn Theory of Learning
Why some children find it very difficult to learn their lessons? Are they using the right learning style to fine-tune the learning process? What are the benefits of deploying the right kind of learning style? Read this article to learn more.

Ask an Expert

Q1: My daughter is eight years old and she was given the raven test at her school when she was seven. She scored 99 percentile. What is the highest score possible on this test? Is this test appropriate for determining the intelligence of children? She has made honor roll every semester she has been in school with perfect grades!

A: That is a score in the highest range in terms of percentile; which means that she scored better than 99 percent of her peers on the same test. To gauge intelligence, this is sufficient especially when the score is high - there is little concern about strengths and weaknesses. However, please note that different tests focus on different skills.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on The Raven's Test here.

Q2: My daughter is in the 3rd grade. She was tested last year with the WISC and scored 120 on her composite IQ. She needed to score 124 in order to be accepted into a gifted program at her school. She was retested this year with the Stanford-Binet and her scores were as follows:

  • Verbal Reasoning - 92

  • Abstract Reasoning - 126

  • Quantitative - 104

  • Short Term Memory - 117

  • Composite - 111

She once again did not get accepted into the program. I was wondering what your thoughts are on her scores....

A: I am sorry that she did not get in just by a few points. There is no breakdown of the WISC scores so it is hard to tell if the scores are scattered. Unfortunately I am less familiar with the SB-V (I believe your daughter was given the latest version). This test measures mathematical and visual-spatial abilities better than abstract verbal reasoning abilities. It has been determined that when this test is administered for selection of into a gifted programme, the cut-off score for admission should be lowered to an IQ of 120 .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Acceptance into the Gifted Programme here.

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This book is destined to become the classic guide for parents of gifted children. The key topics covered are essential ones, and this book provides much wisdom and new information. It is an invaluable guide for parents, grandparents, and others who love a gifted child. At 400 pages, it is not as long as the manual for a home computer, but much more important and far more interesting.


Latest Brainy News

The Power of Play
E Missourian Nov 16, 2011

What's the secret to your child's success in school and later in life? Learning to read at 18 months? Mastering facts, like the alphabet or simple addition, at a surprisingly young age?

How to Raise a Secure Child in Anxious Times: Monkey See, Monkey Do
Huffington Post Nov 22, 2011

The easiest example of this that people can relate to is learning how to speak. Kids just pick it up. You don't have to teach them vocabulary or grammar; They just absorb by imitation, the language they are exposed to.

Breast-Feeding May Boost Children's IQ
Live Science Nov 17, 2011

Children breast-fed longer than six months scored a 3.8-point IQ margin over those who were bottle-fed, according to a seven-year study by researchers at Jagiellonian University Medical College in Poland.

High fish intake during pregnancy leads to better verbal intelligence, motor skills in children
Medical Net Nov 18, 2011

The statement that 'fish is good for the brain' is increasingly backed-up by scientific evidence but what the actual outcomes are in terms of mental performance or 'brain power' is still being discovered.

Meet the second youngest Grandmaster
Yahoo News Nov 15, 2011

Call him a genius. At an age when most kids are busy in learning the basics of their preferred discipline, Parimarjan Negi, 18, became a master of the brain-game - Chess, nearly six years back.

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