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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, M.Ed's comment, October 20, 2012 11:50 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 5:37 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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Meet the world’s leading expert on why kids build forts. What he’s learned is both fascinating and inspiring.

Meet the world’s leading expert on why kids build forts. What he’s learned is both fascinating and inspiring. | Children's Minds | Scoop.it

Has your kid ever built a fort out of sofa cushions and blankets? Or made a secret den from branches and bushes? A snow fort? Maybe you used to do it too. Remember how great it felt to make up your own rules and have your own secret space?

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We're Thinking About ADHD All Wrong, Says A Top Pediatrician

We're Thinking About ADHD All Wrong, Says A Top Pediatrician | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Every child needs help from parents and teachers to develop his or her attention span, argues a researcher.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, January 5, 1:23 PM

Hope he gets some traction.  A spectrum of attention ability makes a lot of sense. -Lon

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What Kids Need for Optimal Health and School Engagement

What Kids Need for Optimal Health and School Engagement | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Students need playtime, downtime, and family time to thrive in all areas of life.
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Teaching Peace in Elementary School

Teaching Peace in Elementary School | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Many educators believe that children need to learn emotional intelligence to reach their full academic potential.
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Jamming with your toddler: how music trumps reading for childhood development

Jamming with your toddler: how music trumps reading for childhood development | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
New research shows shared music-making with toddlers may have benefits above and beyond those of reading.
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That’s not autism: It’s simply a brainy, introverted boy - Salon.com

That’s not autism: It’s simply a brainy, introverted boy - Salon.com | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Autism spectrum diagnoses are up 78 percent in 10 years. We're dramatically overdiagnosing it in everyday behavior
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What is an ideal childhood? | Life and style | The Guardian

What is an ideal childhood? | Life and style | The Guardian | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
We asked five people who have reason to know about it – Michael Morpurgo, Cerrie Burnell, Lemn Sissay, Jacqueline Wilson and Laura Dockrill – what makes for the best start in life
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6 Questions to Ask Your Kids After School | Sonia B.

6 Questions to Ask Your Kids After School | Sonia B. | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
It's truly priceless to watch your child as he recounts --with sparkling eyes--the little adventures and situations that made him laugh at school that day.
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Firstborn Kids More Likely to Be Nearsighted

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common vision problem that affects as much as 30 percent of the U.S. population. Researchers have identified a number of factors that may figure into why a person’s ability to see distances may deteriorate early in life. Part of the reason is certainly your DNA, though researchers have found genetic inheritance accounts for only a small number of people with myopia. The work of the modern world, where we all stare at computer screens hours each day, could also explain rising rates of nearsightedness. And now a new study finds birth order may also play a role in vision problems.

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5 ways screen time guidelines have changed for kids - TODAY.com

5 ways screen time guidelines have changed for kids - TODAY.com | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Just when you think you've got those screen time guidelines down, you might want to hold off on confiscating your toddler's iPad.
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How Parents Influence Early Moral Development

How Parents Influence Early Moral Development | Children's Minds | Scoop.it

A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.


Parents: Do you want to raise a child with a strong sense of right and wrong? You might want to start by cultivating your own morality—as well as your own empathy.


A new study from the University of Chicago suggests that parents’ sensitivity to both other people’s feelings and to injustice may influence early moral development in their children.

 

Developmental neuroscientist Jean Decety and his colleague, Jason Cowell, brought a group of one year olds into the lab to test them on their reactions to moral situations. The seventy-three toddlers watched animated videos in which characters engaged in helping and sharing (prosocial) behaviors or pushing, tripping, and shoving (antisocial) behaviors while the researchers monitored the toddlers’ eye movements and measured their brain wave patterns using an electroencephalogram, or EEG.


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Startling Acts Of Mischief In Children's Literature | Betsy Bird

There's this perception out there that, when it comes to books for children, everything is sweetness and light and cute fluffy bunnies. But children's books are works of literature that deserve more than a little respect in their own right.
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Keep the dream alive: why waking up later is good for us all | Life and style | The Guardian

Keep the dream alive: why waking up later is good for us all | Life and style | The Guardian | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Dr Paul Kelley says children are losing 10 hours of sleep a week – and it’s all down to a clash between school start times and teenage body clocks
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How Free Play Creates Emotionally Stable Children in an Unstable World

How Free Play Creates Emotionally Stable Children in an Unstable World | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
It's one reason children during the Great Depression and World War II were happier than today's kids.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, January 7, 3:24 PM

We get what we practice.  When children practice conforming to adult expectations, they learn to conform.  When they have free time to decide how they spend it, we get curious and self-controlled children. -Lon

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Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick? | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Across the country, children are experiencing depression, anxiety and even physical strain because of the pressures of school.
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Children should be allowed to get bored, expert says - BBC News

Children should be allowed to get bored, expert says - BBC News | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
An education expert says children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative.
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How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success

How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Free, unstructured playtime gives kids a chance to discover their interests and tap into their creativity. It’s a crucial element for building resilienc
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How harmful is fighting in front of kids?

How harmful is fighting in front of kids? | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
How does parental conflict affect children? Is it ever okay for parents to argue in front of the kids? Michaela Fox talks to the experts to find out.
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What Parents Can Gain From Learning the Science of Talking to Kids | MindShift | KQED News

What Parents Can Gain From Learning the Science of Talking to Kids | MindShift | KQED News | Children's Minds | Scoop.it

Understanding that you are the architect of your child’s early brain development is “extremely powerful,” according to Dr. Dana Suskind of the Thirty Million


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Tom Perran's curator insight, October 16, 2015 5:24 AM
Nothing earth shattering here but a well-written article to share with others!
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Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids? | MindShift | KQED News

The decline in time children have for free play could be tied to increased levels of depression and acute anxiety among young people.
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Delaying kindergarten until age 7 offers key benefits to kids — study - The Washington Post

Delaying kindergarten until age 7 offers key benefits to kids — study - The Washington Post | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
And the benefits are long lasting, it finds.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 9, 2015 11:42 AM

Does this imply that we have been messing up our kids for years and years, including boosting ADD and ADHD levels, and helping a society that a century ago was highly literate and obsessed with creating schools, to a society where a significant portion of the population hated their school experience and afterwards never crack a book for pleasure?  -Lon

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Reading is good for the brain, even for babies

Reading is good for the brain, even for babies | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Most people know that reading is important for children, but new research published in the journal Pediatrics shows that even babies benefit greatly by being introduced to books early in life.

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Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
At a recent talk for special education teachers at the Los Angeles Unified School District, child development professor Maryanne Wolf urged educators to say the word dyslexia out loud.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, October 2, 2015 8:35 AM

Can we agree that this is not a DISability but rather a "cerebrodifference?" I'm not trying to be politically correct but we do have to recognize, especially as educators, that not all brains are wired the same way and learn the same way. It's the fundamental reason that factory model schooling doesn't work for everyone.

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WHAT WOULD POOH DO? A Walk Through a Forest that Helped Shape (and Could Still Help Save) the Natural Childhood | Children & Nature Network

WHAT WOULD POOH DO? A Walk Through a Forest that Helped Shape (and Could Still Help Save) the Natural Childhood | Children & Nature Network | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, September 25, 2015 12:31 AM

In our modern society, its hard to understand the powerful influence nature has had on us as a species.  Wilderness Therapy follows this influence and uses it as a powerful healing tool for struggling young peole  -Lon.