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Monday, July 28, 2014

Investing in early learning

The Buffalo News – Tiffany Lankes

“The parts of the brain that affect how children learn are already developed well before they enter kindergarten.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

How Family Game Night Makes Kids Into Better Students

The Atlantic – Jessica Lahey

“Matching up cards and planning the next chess move can help develop a child’s executive function—a set of skills that may be more important for success than IQ points.” (more)

Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

NPR – ANYA KAMENETZ

“Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself…new research in the journal Developmental Science suggests a famous phenomenon known as the “fourth-grade shift” isn’t so clear-cut.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The amazing benefits of learning a new language

A Healthier Michigan – Staff Writer

“It’s been proven that speaking multiple languages growing up can have an impact on your life that goes way beyond being able to order food in foreign countries. For instance, those who speak two languages every day throughout their lives can delay the onset of dementia by up to four years.” (more)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Study: Babies’ brains practice language use

The Yakima Herald – Meeri Kim

“Researchers at the University of Washington are a step closer to unraveling the mystery of how babies learn how to speak. They had a group of 7- and 11-month old infants listen to a series of syllables while sitting in a brain scanner. Not only did the auditory areas of their brains light up as expected but so did a region crucial to forming higher-level speech, called Broca’s area.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Being bilingual: Parents see benefit in early language learning

Needham Wicked Local – Jonathan Dame

“…research produced in the last five to 10 years had shown bilingual upbringings to be beneficial for cognitive development. Bilingualism from a young age can boost executive function – skills like planning and self-control – and strengthen linguistic abilities such as understanding metaphors and synonyms…” (more)

‘Good mothering’ hardwires infant brain

ANI News – Staff Writer

” A study has revealed that the mother’s presence, social interactions and her nurturing role directly moulds the early neural activity and growth of the infant’s brain.” (more)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two Great Classroom Posters on the Six Thinking Hats

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“For De Bono intelligence is the potential of the human brain and thinking is the skill to tap into this potential. In order for kids and students to better benefit from the potential of their brains, they need to be taught the skill of thinking. To this end, De Bono puts forward this uniquely positive approach to unscramble the thinking process:” (more)

Hand-Wringing Over Handwriting

Pacific Standard – Ted Scheinman

“The benefits of writing by hand, and doing so from a young age, are fundamental: improved and sustained development in social skills, hand-eye coordination, long-term memory.” (more)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Infants Begin Learning Speech Mechanics Long Before Their First Word; Speaking To Them Early Is Key To Language Development

Medical Daily – Anthony Rivas

“Babies are wonderful beings. Sure, they scream and cry uncontrollably, dribble everywhere, and you’re cleaning up after them constantly. But put all that to the side, and what you’re left with is a lovable little thing that always seems to be learning something new — it’s rather impressive, actually.” (more)