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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 #9   Issue #11

ISSN: 0219-7642    Nov 28, 2010

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Today is the age of information. With the advent of WWW, everyone has an access to high quality information on parenting. Parents could easily find some of the best resources on parenting, child brain development and other related topics. Parents can enrich their minds and knowledge with some of the most precious information on desired topics and subjects.

Here are some of the best free resources on school success, motivation, learning, integrated learning and other useful topics. An informed parent is the most knowledgeable parent who can work hard to ensure success in their children's life. All the best.

p/s: Just share with you some good news. My eldest son scored 3A* and 1A in his PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination). I'm a very proud father today ;-)

Thought for today:
"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." - William Arthur Ward

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Helping Children Succeed in School - What Works Best?
Ensuring school success for your children is a complex issue that needs your hard work and dedication. However, it becomes easier when you give enough attention to their studies.

Helping Children Succeed in School - 20 Practical Tips
School and classroom success comes to your children when they learn and master the basics of success formulae. Here are twenty practical tips that can help your children attain greater success levels in their academic life.


Q1: My sister's daughter now age of three years 5 months. She can calculate various type of digit. Divided, subtract, plus, minus. Last one month we are watching this things. Now she can add three line or four line four digit number. She just do it direct write the number on the answer giving place. She can also add side by side giving digit. There is many more to explain of her every day activities. We also watching that she show her interest to solve the math. We need a perfect guidance to flourish her talent. Please give us a way.

A: Your niece is definitely mathematically gifted and is showing intense passion for the subject. It is amazing how a five year old is able to show such high ability in Math. I am glad you noticed this and are looking for ways to nurture her ability. Mathematically gifted children tend to perform better on spatial, nonverbal reasoning, speed, memory, and mechanical comprehension tests. ...Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Mathematically Gifted Children here.

Q2: I was wondering if my 19 month old is gifted. Her doctor has suggested I get her evaluated. By the time she was 12 months old she knew all her letters sounds. Now at 19 months she knows all her letters (capital and lower case), shapes; square, circle, star, diamond, triangle, square, rectangle, octagon, pentagon and heart. She can count into her twenties...pick up objects and count them. She recognizes numbers into the thirties. She knows all basic colors; red, pink, orange, blue, purple, yellow, black, white, grey and even navy blue. I can't tell you how many words she knows cause she repeats everything and speaks in sentences.....

A: Based on the developmental milestone of a child, your daughter would fit in the gifted range with her advanced development. Though, at this stage, rather than determining how gifted she may be, it is of utmost importance that she be given the right nurturing to help her develop further...Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Helping a Potentially Gifted Toddler Learn here.

Q3: How do gifted children learn? Are their brains programmed differently? Do they have more neurons or make more connections then normal children?

A: It is indeed true that gifted children learn and think differently. They are also diverse in their academic needs, which is why they need a differentiated and intellectually demanding curriculum. The brain development of these gifted children is found to be significantly more developed than the average child. They also tend have higher amount of grey matter in certain regions that are found to be associated with intelligence... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Brains of Gifted Children here.


Peak Performance for Smart Kids: Strategies and Tips for Ensuring School Success
By Maureen Neihart, Psy. D

Peak Performance for Smart Kids provides success strategies, activities, tools, real-life examples, and checklists for parents to employ to help their kids achieve to their highest potential. Even the most talented child will not succeed if he or she has not developed the mental, psychological, and emotional skills to face the heavy demands of high performance.

By working with parents to complete the activities included in this book, high-ability kids will learn to manage stress and anxiety, set and achieve goals, use mental rehearsal to improve performance, manage their moods and emotions, practice optimistic thinking, and resolve their frustrations of needing to belong while needing to achieve.


Motivated Minds: Raising Children to Love Learning
By Deborah Stipek, Ph.D and Kathy Seal

How do parents instill a lifelong love of learning in their children? Stipek, dean of the School of Education at Stanford, and Seal, a journalist and author, answer this question with well-documented studies, including research from UCLA's Corrine A. Seeds University Elementary School, a laboratory school for educational improvement, where Stipek has served as director for 10 years and Seal as co-president of the parent-teachers association for two years.

Believing that "play is children's work" because it engages their interest in the world around them, Stipek and Seal encourage parents to develop their children's natural drive to learn by focusing on what they believe are the three primary components of success: competence, autonomy and relatedness (the unconditional acceptance, connection and support parents provide their children).



Hard work is key to success in school -- or any field
M Live Nov 23, 2010

Plenty of research shows that academic success correlates with time spent on activities that directly or indirectly hone academic skills. A child who reads a lot, is diligent about homework and is involved in extracurricular activities that promote problem-solving skills is going to be a much stronger student than the child who spends all his time watching television.

25 tips: The best of the best for your baby
ABC Local Nov 23, 2010

So if you could boil down how to raise a smart, happy, moral baby from ages birth to 5 years old... the ideas could be shortened into a checklist of sorts, a top 25 BEST OF THE BEST FOR YOUR BABY.

Brain Training: Enhance Your Childs Intellect at an Early Age
Ventulas Nov 22, 2010

It is just pure that, as a guardian, you would need your child to grow up very smart and intelligent. And in order to do so, you will need to start your child's brain training at a really young age.

Kid Tips: The younger the better for learning a second language
Mercury News Nov 24, 2010

The human brain of a young child is precisely programmed to learn a language -- or two, or three. It gets more challenging to learn a second language after age 8 or 10, and downright taxing to attempt it in adulthood.

The Parent Connection: The playground and the 3 R's
Malden News Nov 19, 2010

Your local playground represents a wonderful opportunity to develop some fundamental skills that are foundations for the 3 R's, reading, writing and arithmetic. Yes, it is true!

'Mini-Mozart' who has passed highest exam in violin and piano becomes Britain's youngest SEVEN
Mail Online Nov 24, 2010

A child prodigy has become Britain's youngest composer after achieving Grade 8 in violin and piano - aged just seven.


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