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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 #2   Issue #20

ISSN: 0219-7642    July 30, 2004

Andrew Loh, Publisher

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Hi Everyone,

My sister has three sons and two of them are in elementary school. She used to tell her sons that they can play as soon as they finish their homework. With the incentive to play, indeed, her children finished their homework very quickly. Realizing her children finished their homework ahead of the scheduled time every time; she decided to give them more homework. Since then, my sister complained to us that her children always take a long time to finish their homework. I have learned from her mistake.

Today, my eldest son always finishes his homework as soon as he gets home on his own initiative. We always keep our promise that he can do whatever he wishes as soon as he completes his homework. I hope you have learned something from this small lesson. Have a great week ahead and take care.

Andrew Loh
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Imagine If...Ingredients for Creating Your Own Stories 
By Karen Halpern
For children Ages 4 - 8

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Newton's Wizard 
By Penny Norman, Ph.D
For children Ages 6 - 12

This project book is hands-on adventures through Newton's laws of motion. Your little scientist will delight in these carefully crafted set that will provide them with a lot of learning and fun. Learn how to perform magic tricks with inertia, float a hover puck on a cushion of air, zoom a jet car, build a spring meter and spin and circle with centripetal forces. Each project in this kit has been developed very carefully by Penny Norman who has a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in Biophysics.


Expert Offers Glimpse Into Children's Brains News July 17, 2004

The recipe to improve student test scores: Exercise, such as jumping jacks, for two minutes, followed by eating fruit or raisins and drinking 6 to 8 ounces of water. Repeat every 35 to 45 minutes to increase blood flow, access long- term storage sites and feed the brain with oxygen and glucose.

Pregnant? Omega-3 Essential for Baby's Brain
WebMDHealth July 16, 2004

Research has suggested that increasing intake of dietary omega-3 fatty acids may have a number of health benefits. And babies whose diets include an abundance of essential fats seem to have an edge in terms of early development. Now new research shows that the same is true for infants born to mothers whose diets contain plenty of this essential fatty acid.

Human intelligence determined by volume and location of gray matter tissue in brain
Science Daily July 20, 2004

Total brain size doesn't make a lot of difference, but bulked-up gray matter in 10 to 24 spots in the brain may indicate a high IQ, according to a study reported in Neuroimaging online.


Abacus Education
Hindu Business Line July 30, 2004

Scientific theories associate the left hemisphere of the brain with numerical and academic abilities, and the right hemisphere with creativity and intelligence. Proponents of abacus education claim that while formal education focuses merely on left-brain development, the abacus brings about "whole brain development". 

Early Risk Factors Linked to Child Aggression
Reuters July 16, 2004

The seeds of a child's aggressive behavior may be planted even before birth, according to a new study -- suggesting, researchers say, that interventions to prevent youth violence should begin as early as pregnancy.

Anxiety During Pregnancy Increases ADHD Risk
WebMDHealth July 16, 2004

While a certain amount of anxiety during pregnancy may be inevitable, there is growing evidence that high levels can affect children long after birth.

Choose day care based on the child
Exeter News July 8, 2004

The best child-care program is one that promotes healthy physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. But with so many options available, the amount of information can be overwhelming. One way to simplify the decision is to consider the type of environment that is best suited to the child.

Parents, experts rethink tech for tots
Associated Press July 27, 2004

There's growing debate over whether children should be exposed to technology so early. Some parents and scholars see no benefit, and a handful even warn of a hindrance to child development...


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