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Friday, April 18, 2014

Challenging A Child’s Mind

The Connection – Marilyn Campbell

“”Reading is an extremely complex mental activity that engages a child’s — or adult’s — brain much more intensively than television or video games,” said Karapetkova, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Literature at Marymount University in Arlington. “When you read, you employ higher-order cognitive skills…You learn to empathize with others, and so you are able to grow emotionally as well…Critical thinking, imagination, and empathy are all qualities that are essential to our nature as human beings, and essential to our success in the world.”"(more)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The bilingual brain is more nimble and efficient

The Irish Times – William Reville

“…research is increasingly showing that, if you know two or more languages, your brain is better than those who know just one language. Multilingual people are better at reasoning, multitasking, reconciling conflicting ideas. They work faster, with less effort, and retain their cognitive faculties better as they age.”(more)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills

Harvard Health Publications – Heidi Godman

“In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.”(more)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why breastfed babies are so smart: It’s the care, time spent reading

Wicked Local – Lois M. Collins

“Breastfeeding helps babies in lots of ways, but it may not be the key to getting little guys on track to succeed in school. A BYU study shows cognitive development is revved up by reading to children and paying attention to their emotional cues.”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Language is a ‘biological instinct’: Babies don’t learn to develop speech – they’re BORN with the ability

The Daily Mail – Sarah Griffiths

“New research says that babies are born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language, which sheds light on the whether nature or nurture is responsible for speech in humans.”(more)

The Scientific Reasons Why Students Need to Read Fiction

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Does reading fiction have any impact on students brains? Neuroscience has an unexpected answer to this. A recent neuro-scientific research posted in New York Times reveals that reading stories with detailed descriptions and complicated plots written in an evocative and emotional language full of metaphors and other figures of speech does stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.”(more)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

NPR – Jon Hamilton

“Scientists have known about childhood amnesia for more than a century. But it’s only in the past decade that they have begun to figure out when childhood memories start to fade, which early memories are most likely to survive, and how we create a complete autobiography without direct memories of our earliest years.”(more)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The power of preschool

Peta Luma 360 – Allison Jarrell

“Preschool students are 29 percent more likely to graduate high school, and a child educated in his first five years is 70 percent less likely to be arrested for a violent crime before the age of 18.”(more)

Community Voices: Early years crucial for brain building

Swansea – Jo-Anne Sbrega

“For the past 40 years, I have been an educator and advocate of young children in many different states and capacities. As early childhood educators, we have long known the importance of quality education for the youngest of our children. We now have the science to prove how the first five years of life are the most important for brain building development.”(more)

Friday, April 4, 2014

When little voices take to a big stage

BBC News – Hannah Richardson

“Started 13 years ago, the festival aims to give children the chance not only to sing and play together in a school, but across Lambeth, says Lambeth council’s education improvement adviser Judith Hare…”There is a lot of research to show that if you play a musical instrument – the connections in the brain are stronger. People with a music background tend to achieve more academically.”"(more)