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Friday, January 30, 2015

The Benefits of Play


“One of the most important gifts we can give our kids is time to play, both as a family and on their own. Finding time to play with kids can be a challenge if you are working, managing a household and meeting the many day-to-day challenges of getting things done. But play isn’t optional. It’s essential. Play is considered so important to child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Play — or free, unstructured time in the case of older children and adolescents — is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play as a family weaves the ties of love and connection that bind family members together…Physical skills, emotional regulation, flexible thinking, the ability to get along with others and the confidence to try new things and think outside the box are all keys to being successful in life. So what can parents do to ensure their children develop these important skills?”(more)

Early Education Is Everyone’s Issue

The Huffington Post – Vanessa Cardenas

“Early education opportunities are critical to lifelong success. The first three years of childhood are a period of extraordinarily rapid brain development. Several studies have documented significant cognitive gains for children who attend Pre-K programs. Furthermore, research has shown that students who attended Pre-K and kindergarten are more likely to have higher reading and extrapolation skills by the third grade than students who did not. This is key, considering third grade tests scores are a remarkably accurate indicator of whether or not a child will go to college. Yet, while we know the importance of early education, the reality is that as a nation we are not doing enough to make sure it is available to the ones who need it the most…f we are truly committed to closing the educational achievement gap in K-12 or the income gap down the road, we must start by ensuring that our kids have access to early childhood education.”(more)

7 ways writing by hand can save your brain

Mashable – Yohana Desta

“It’s time to put pen to paper. Our tech-dependent society has put keyboards at the tips of our fingers at all times, from our smartphones to our laptops. But when was the last time you wrote by hand? Science shows that handwriting can benefit our minds in a number of ways. We spoke to Dr. Marc Seifer, a graphologist and handwriting expert who wrote The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis in 2008. He shared with us some of the top ways writing by hand can help our brains, beyond just dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s.”(more)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Why Canada Is Lagging Behind When it Comes to Child Health

The Huffington Post – Nicole Letourneau

“The Harvard Centre on the Developing Child has published at least a dozen reports outlining the extensive evidence on how unmitigated stress changes children’s brain development in ways that don’t prepare them well for today’s knowledge economy. If we wish to fight crime, poverty, disease, or any number of woes our society faces, the research tells that we must go straight for the root of these issues. And that root is found in early childhood and in supporting parents to provide the best environments for children. Children do better, families do better, and countries do better when nations invest in early childhood programs.”(more)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TV for toddlers?

Michigan State University – Carrie Shrier

“Should your infants and toddlers be watching television? What about using tablets and hand-held devices? Research tells us that more than 40 percent of infants under five months of age are watching some form of videos, and by two years of age, more than 90 percent of children are engaging with screen media on a regular basis. Parents are often surprised to hear their pediatricians tell them no, their infants and toddlers should not be watching TV…There is growing evidence that says yes, there really is the potential for lasting negative impacts on infant and toddler brain development when they are exposed to screen media at this young age. Research shows language development, reading skills, short-term memory, sleep and attention span are all impacted by television viewing in these critical early years.”(more)

Fish Consumption on Prenatal Development may Reduce Risk of Brain Damage in Babies

Maine News Online – Tanya Campbell

“Findings of a new study have revealed that one of many benefits of fish consumption is that it prevents brain from mercury damage in children during prenatal development. The research conducted in the Seychelles has yielded results that corroborate with previous findings that nutrients found in fish help in protecting brain from the potential toxic effects of the chemical…The study has helped in understanding that child’s future neurological development may significantly depend on the type of fatty acids a mother consumes during pregnancy.”(more)

Speaking to the world

Olive Press – Jacqueline Fanchini

“Research shows that anyone exposed to a variety of languages at a young age – at home or school – becomes physiologically different to those who are not. The process of multi-language acquisition develops a part of the brain that may remain dormant in single-language students. This is the true value of a bilingual education. Students are encouraged to think differently. Their arguments do not come from a single position but from a range of different perspectives. It is this open-mindedness that can lead to better problem solving and analytical thinking later in a student’s education.”(more)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Want To Change How Kids See The World? Teach Them A Second Language

Good Magazine – Rafi Schwartz

“As a child in a dual-language elementary school, my teachers liked to explain that learning another language would enable me to meet more people, have conversations in new places, and generally be a better citizen of the world. And while my bilingual skills have gone woefully underused since my grade-school graduation, I am thankful for being exposed to a second language, if only for the fact that it’s given me an added “skills” line on my resume, and the ability to – every once in a while – randomly surprise some of the kiosk workers at my local mall. But, as it turns out, my learning a second language at a young age may, in fact, have affected me more profoundly than I, or anyone else for that matter, previously knew.”(more)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

All You Need to Know About the ‘Learning Styles’ Myth, in Two Minutes

Wired – Christian Jarrett

“On a sunny hike along a Madeiran levada a couple of years ago, I got chatting to a retired school teacher and I told him about the brain myths book I was writing. An affable chap, he listened with interest about the 10 percent myth and other classic misconceptions, but his mood changed when I mentioned learning styles. This is the mistaken idea that we learn better when the instruction we receive is tailored to our preferred way of learning. The friendly teacher was passionate about the concept’s merit – his own preferred style, he said, was to learn “by doing” and no-one would ever convince him otherwise.”(more)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Handwriting may be lost art and science

Macon County Times – Stacey Morgan

“…in 1977, the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) created National Handwriting Day on January 23 in conjunction with John Hancock’s birthday. Hancock is famous for his large, bold signature on the Declaration of Independence. They suggest you take advantage of the day to use a pen or a pencil to rekindle that creative feeling through a handwritten note, poem, letter or journal entry. “Though computers and e-mail play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word,” said David H. Baker, WIMA’s Executive Director…Cursive benefits students’ motor skills and cognitive development, according to the same research, and is a necessary back-up skill to technology. It can also boost academic achievement, and aid students with learning disabilities. Not only that, but a signature is still required on many documents and is more difficult to forge than print.”(more)