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About brain – A Child’s brain as they learn new skill

27 Jul

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A Child’s brain as they learn new skill

• Learning new skills is the best way to improve memory, better verbal intelligence and increased language skills.

• Practice makes perfect. The more adept you become at a skill, the less work your brain has to do. Over time, a skill becomes automatic and you don’t need to think about what you’re doing. This is because your brain is actually strengthening itself over time as you learn that skill.

• Learning new skills causes the brain grow larger.

• The learning process makes difference :

1. Let the child learn / discover new skills by himself without guidance or help to grow as better problem solver.

2. In order to learn new skills she/he need to learn to fail. Introduce “F” word in early stage. Let him/she face failure, to master his new skill.

3. Take time to learn new skills. Spend only 15 -30 minutes a day on a project. Instead of sitting down for hours on end to learn a skill, distributed practice is all about shorter, smaller sessions where you’re stimulating the link between the neurons more often throughout time.

4. Learn new skills before sleep. The study found that subjects who went to sleep right after learning something did significantly better in a series of memory tests.

How to spot your child hidden talents

24 Jul

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Your child loves to sort objects
Your child talks nonstop
Your child fiddles with everything
Your child is a daydreamer
Your child loves to solve puzzles
Your kid is a take-charge type
Your child can’t keep still
Your child’s talents are still a mystery to you

If you don’t see any of these signs in your child, stay open to teasing out her hidden talents. Give her exposure to plenty of different activities that may interest her, but don’t overschedule her. Give her enough free time to read, think, and let ideas simmer. Chances are you’ll spot her special gifts over time.

Asking for feedback from other adults in your child’s life can give you fresh insights. Her teacher may point out her fascination with the piano. Or maybe Grandpa comments on her ability to remember all types of plants and flowers.

By noticing the areas where she has natural talent, you can help her be seen, heard, and understood. But your ultimate goal is to love her for who she is while you help her reach her full potential.

Source : http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-spot-your-grade-schoolers-hidden-talents_10315532.bc

Communities to join- to develop critical thinking for children

6 Jul

Communities to join to meet like minded parents. Online communities for informal math education, where you can share your concerns and ask questions.

Some of these communities
1, http://mathfuture.wikispaces.com/
2, http://www.moebiusnoodles.com/
3, http://livingmath.net/
4, http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/

Tips to Develop Critical Thinking Skills in children

5 Jul

Preschool children :
Some of the fun activities for pre-schoolers are various board games, such as Think Fun games, checkers, mancala, blokus, dominoes, etc. They teach logic and strategy, as well as build the number sense. It is extremely important to teach multiple approaches to the problem from the very beginning. Even a very young child can compare and contrast different ways of solving a problem, thus developing an important mind habit for future studies. Verbalization of solutions usually falls behind the ability to actually solve a problem. One of many possible way to develop this ability is to ask a child to solve a similar but different problem and point out the differences. It is also important to model your thinking process (think out loud) and demonstrate how you make mistakes, and how you realize what they are.

School-age children:
While teaching from simple to complex is a time-proven way to teach a skill, it does not work this way to ignite an interest. A complex robot is more intriguing than a simple bolt. Many parents notice that while their bright children are eager to explore new concepts, they are reluctant to learn routine tools, such as multiplication table. In many cases, this is caused by the way the tools are presented. They are given to a child, instead of being discovered by a child. They are also often presented as an isolated piece, lacking in meaning and depth. While it is much easier for a school educator to present the material in such a way to save time, in order to cover the required material, this approach is the main reason for interest dry-up in students.

In many cases, children are greatly motivated by joining a community of like-minded children. A math circle, math club or math contest prep group can help your child to develop intellectually stimulating friendships, acquire sophisticated math debate skills, and inspire him/her to probe more deeply into the field.

Parents often wonder whether to interfere or not if a child is stuck with the problem, and feel a natural inclination to give a child a hand. However, being “stuck” is vital in developing solid problem solving skills. The feeling of being “stuck” activates the contemplating and inventive part of our brain. You may help your child by asking where exactly he/she is stuck; whether there may be alternative ways of solving the problem; whether the problem may be reduced to a simpler one; suggest finding an analogy in another domain; generalizing; estimating; building or drawing; check for hidden assumptions; explain a problem to a younger child; etc. It is important to teach a child how to relax while being stuck and how to develop an alternative way of attack.

It is crucial to create a warm, supportive and playful environment for problem solving. Your child should feel at ease in order to fully dive into a problem, and to associate hard intellectual work with pleasant feelings later on. A respectful and constructive feedback loop by a teacher or parent is essential in early years. –

See more at: http://www.activityrocket.com/blog/2012/09/tips-to-develop-critical-thinking-skills-in-young-children/#sthash.BaTlk7eW.dpuf

How to Develop Critical Thinking Skills in Children

4 Jul

Critical thinking is a skill that children need to be taught. Critical thinks skills allow children to use reasoning and think creatively to solve a problem. While these skills are not obtained overnight, they are developed over time with the help of teachers and parents. By following a specific plan, teachers and parents can help develop these skills in kids.

1, Have children analyze stories after they read them. Have them answer questions about particular character’s motivation and possible history. By doing this, you are asking them to look beyond what is written on the page.

2, Encourage group activities. When children on working together, they are able to watch how each person solves problems. They can also bring up ideas and opinions that another child may have not thought of.

3, Do not ask questions that can simply be answered with “yes” or “no.” Ask questions that require more thought-out answers.

4,Constantly ask your child for their opinion on why something is the way it is. Instead of just answering the question for them, you can help them come to the answer on their own.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_7208688_develop-critical-thinking-skills-children.html#ixzz2Y7V7E5RU

Gifted children testing – why?

28 Jun

Parents sometimes think they should get their child tested without any clear reason for doing it. What are the reasons for testing a child?
1. To provide details about learning needs, including strengths and weaknesses
2. To help identify a child for a gifted program
3. To discover any learning disabilities requiring intervention
4. To help advocate for appropriate educational accommodations

Source : http://giftedkids.about.com/od/testing/p/testing_basics.htm

Parents of gifted children – All you need ask questions to make them think.

22 Jun

Parents of gifted children often want to know what they can do to nurture the abilities and interests of their kids. What gifted children need is challenge, and those challenges do not always need to come from school or from special materials or programs. When the weather gets warm and the plants are beginning to grow and the insects are starting to populate the backyard again, opportunities to stimulate the minds of gifted children abound.

The main thing parents need to remember is that gifted kids love to think. That means that parents don’t need all the answers; they just need the questions. If you understand the different ways our minds think about things, it’s easy to come up with questions. We tend to classify (put items into groups) and compare and contrast, among other things. All you need to do, then, to help stimulate your child is ask him or her to classify things or compare and contrast them. For example, you can go for a nice walk and as you go, ask your child how the different flowers you see can be grouped together (classifying).

Lots of gifted kids tend to classify things around them constantly, so this is an activity they will enjoy. Some kids will group flowers according to their color — yellow flowers, pink flowers, etc. But others might classify according to the height of the flower or according to the type of petal. You don’t need to do the grouping; you just need to ask the question. The same is true of comparing and contrasting. How are the flowers you see the same? How are they different? You don’t need the answers, but if your child is stimulated enough to want more information than you can provide, plan a trip to the library to check out books!

Source : http://giftedkids.about.com/

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