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Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows | Wired Science | Wired.com

Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows | Wired Science | Wired.com | Children's Minds | Scoop.it

Books and educational toys can make a child smarter, but they also influence how the brain grows, according to new research presented here on Sunday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.


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Deborah McNelis's comment, October 20, 2012 8:50 AM
A valuable article on important research. Continuing to share evidence of what is best for developing brains is essential to making a positive impact.
Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 2:37 AM
I would agree. Do have a look at all the educational toys to be found on http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk
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For Teenage Brains, the Importance of Continuing to Learn Deeply

For Teenage Brains, the Importance of Continuing to Learn Deeply | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
It used to be that neuroscientists thought smart people were all alike. But now they think that some very smart people retain the ability to learn rapidly, like a child, well into adolescence. That means they have a longer period of time to learn from their environment — and maybe learn Chinese.
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Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do

Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
New research shows that girls are ahead in every subject, including math and science. Do today's grading methods skew in their favor?
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Developing brains switch maths strategies

Developing brains switch maths strategies | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Counting on fingers gives way to memorized sums as neurons change connections.
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How Thinking in 3D Can Improve Math and Science Skills

How Thinking in 3D Can Improve Math and Science Skills | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
All of us, children included, live in a three-dimensional universe—but too often parents and teachers act as if the physical world is as flat as a worksheet
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How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain

How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Researchers in the burgeoning field of music neuroscience discuss the effects of music on brain development.

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, July 21, 11:01 AM

Quite a long read but the key takeaways are:

- Having music in schools raises test scores

- Music training has a positive effect on the brain's executive function

- Music training increase brain plasticity

- Music can predict a child's literacy (fantastic tool and cheap!)

- music neuroscience faces the same funding problems as music in the classroom does

Well worth a read!

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» Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness - Mindful Parenting

» Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness - Mindful Parenting | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
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The linguistic genius of babies

The linguistic genius of babies | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.
(Filmed at TEDxRainier.)
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For Years We’ve Been Telling Kids to Sit Still and Pay Attention. That’s All Wrong.

For Years We’ve Been Telling Kids to Sit Still and Pay Attention. That’s All Wrong. | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Today’s educational technology often presents itself as a radical departure from the tired practices of traditional instruction. But in one way, at least, it faithfully follows the conventions of the chalk-and-blackboard era: EdTech addresses only the student’s head, leaving the rest of the body out. Treating mind and body as...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 10, 11:37 AM

The use of body movement in language learning has proven beneficial in the learning process. We are not discovering something new. Hopefully, we will discover that deep structural changes are necessary in School to make a difference.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 11, 6:34 AM

Still more research showing the value of "learning by doing." -Lon

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Study: Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children's Executive Functioning

Study: Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children's Executive Functioning | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Children who decide for themselves how to spend their time have more highly-developed executive function, according to a new study. And those children will go on to be healthier, wealthier, and more socially stable throughout their lives.
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Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education

Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
"How far superior an education that stresses independent action and personal responsibility is to one that relies on drill, external authori
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Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits

Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Research suggests meditation and mental exercises may be better than drugs at helping people cope with attention problems.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, May 25, 6:12 PM

A trend away from drugs as treatment can only be positive. -Lon


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Fussy eaters – how to get your child to try nutritious food

Fussy eaters – how to get your child to try nutritious food | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Amy Fleming: While it's clearly important to supervise your children's diet, the trick is to be as covert about it as possible
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How Can I Help My Kids Develop Better Social Skills?

How Can I Help My Kids Develop Better Social Skills? | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Dear Lifehacker, I want my kids to grow into happy, well-adjusted adults. When it comes to social skills, though, I'm at a loss. One of my kids seems lonely yet disinterested in others, while the other is the terror of the schoolyard. What can I do to help them develop the social skills they need for life?
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The Case for Delayed Adulthood

The Case for Delayed Adulthood | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Taking longer to grow up and settle down may be better for a young person’s brain.
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Four in 10 infants lack strong parental attachments

Four in 10 infants lack strong parental attachments | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
In a study of 14,000 US children, 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds -- what psychologists call 'secure attachment' -- with their parents that are crucial to success later in life, according to a new report. The researchers found that these children are more likely to face educational and behavioral problems.
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Jake Chapman is being a snob. Taking children to art galleries is vital

Jake Chapman is being a snob. Taking children to art galleries is vital | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett: The artist claims children ‘are not human yet’ and thus can’t understand art. But art teaches us what it means to be human
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Want to Learn a Language? Well, Don't Try Too Hard

Want to Learn a Language? Well, Don't Try Too Hard | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Adults learning a new language will almost never sound like a native speaker
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Kids go 'old school’ as latest playground crazes resemble must-haves of the 1970s

Kids go 'old school’ as latest playground crazes resemble must-haves of the 1970s | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Record sales of Cra-Z-Loom and football stickers have been reported by toys retailers
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Why Everyone Was an Artist in Kindergarten

Why Everyone Was an Artist in Kindergarten | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Creativity is contingent on willingness to be judged. At some point, many people lose that.
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Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids

Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Flickr: Benjamin Rossen Do you speak math with your kids? Many of us feel completely comfortable talking about letters, words and sentences with our
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Why Teenagers Act Crazy

Why Teenagers Act Crazy | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
It’s not their fault. It’s all in the timing of brain development.
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What do babies think?

What do babies think? | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
"Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.
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Why your children don't listen to you

Why your children don't listen to you | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
There is a reason why children do not respond to their parents when watching television - their brains are still developing and so is their peripheral awareness.
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18 Things Little Kids Know About Happiness

18 Things Little Kids Know About Happiness | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Little kids. They're sticky. They drip a lot. And they mess up our stuff. But we wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. We can't. We're actually not allowed. Most countries have very strict laws against it. So, since they're still ours for the next 18 or so years, let's learn from them.
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10 Language Mistakes Kids Make That Are Actually Pretty Smart

10 Language Mistakes Kids Make That Are Actually Pretty Smart | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
These mistakes show that little kids know a lot more about the rules than we think.
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