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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Choices, Benefits Come With Raising Bilingual Kids

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“New parents face enough decisions to make as it is, but for bilingual parents, there are even more. Which language should their child learn as a primary means of communication? The oldest mainstream view on language learning was that learning a second language was unhealthy for the human brain. Since then, researchers at York University in Toronto have come out saying that becoming bilingual will actually strengthen the brain and improve focus.” (more)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Want to make your brain work a little faster…? Learn a second language!

The Raw Food World – Heather Suhr

“(TRFW News) Learning a foreign language is not the easiest thing to accomplish, however, there are many benefits to gain when you do. Learning a second language can be rewarding because you learn more about the other culture and opens doors to many valuable experiences.” (more)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Here’s How Study Breaks Boost Learning

The Huffington Post – Carolyn Gregoire

“Students in school are rarely given opportunities to rest and reflect on the knowledge they’ve acquired, but a new study suggests that giving the mind a little targeted downtime could be a highly effective way to boost learning.” (more)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

NPR Ed – MAANVI SINGH

“…when kids are curious, they’re much more likely to stay engaged. But why? What, exactly, is curiosity and how does it work? A study published in the October issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that the brain’s chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information.” (more)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Do you know the 5 Rs of early education?

Philly.com – Anna Nguyen

“In June, the AAP issued a new recommendations on early literacy that emphasized “reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships”…And now the AAP has more information for parents…” (more)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Johnson: bilingual brains

The Economist – R.L.G.

“The researchers in this line of inquiry tend to share a common hypothesis: that being bilingual is a kind of constant inhibitory mental exercise. With two languages in the mind, nearly everything has two labels (words) and nearly everything can be expressed in two different kinds of sentences (grammar). Every time a thing is named, an alternative must be suppressed.” (more)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language

The Atlantic – Cody C. Delistraty

“…the benefits of speaking multiple languages extend past just having access to different words, concepts, metaphors, and frames. Multilingualism has a whole slew of incredible side effects: Multi-linguals tend to score better on standardized tests, especially in math, reading, and vocabulary; they are better at remembering lists or sequences…” (more)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Do you know the effects of technology on your child’s brain?

Calgary Herald – Julie Freedman Smith & Gail Bell

“Pediatricians should continue to urge parents to avoid TV- and video-viewing for children younger than 2 years. Increasing amounts of research have shown that infants and toddlers have a critical need for direct interactions with parents and other regular caregivers for healthy brain growth.” (more)

How myths about the brain are hampering teaching

Phys.org – Staff Writer

“Myths about the brain are common among teachers worldwide and are hampering teaching, according to new research…Teachers in the UK, Holland, Turkey, Greece and China were presented with seven so-called ‘neuromyths’ and asked whether they believe them to be true…The new research from the University of Bristol, published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, calls for better communication between neuroscientists and educators.” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep.

The New York Times – Benedict Carey

“There is research suggesting that different kinds of sleep can aid different kinds of learning, and by teaching “sleep study skills,” we can let our teenagers enjoy the sense that they’re gaming the system…for any young student who wants to do better — in school, in sports, in music or even in the social whirl (yes, that’s learning too) — knowing the science of sleep will help them respect slumber for what it is: learning consolidation.” (more)