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PreKandKSharing: Early Childhood Brain Activities to Share

PreKandKSharing: Early Childhood Brain Activities to Share | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

This community is working together to create awareness and put in place services to support the optimal development of children's brains. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to these important efforts. Hope you enjoy and share with parents and professionals for the benefit of children!

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Feed Brains for Happier Children - HappyFamily

Feed Brains for Happier Children - HappyFamily | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

Want a happy, smart and healthy child? It really isn’t difficult to achieve. Feeding the hungers of the brain contributes greatly to well adjusted and thriving children. When provided with what the brain needs, children are likely to be more content and are eager to move, play and learn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:23 AM

In addition to food, this talks about the need for structure, consistency etc. as important to properly feeding the brain. -Lon

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Early Childhood Brain Insights: IS SOME STRESS GOOD FOR CHILDREN?

Early Childhood Brain Insights: IS SOME STRESS GOOD FOR CHILDREN? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

Are you sometimes stressed? .... Of course the answer is yes! We experience some level of stress every day. As adults we have learned techniques in dealing with the stress we experience.

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Because children still have immature brains, they are learning how to develop these techniques. It is through daily experiences that they have the opportunity to learn and develop strong connections for this skill in the thinking areas of the brain.

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Early Childhood Brain Insights: How Long Have We Known What Is Essential To Healthy Development?

Early Childhood Brain Insights: How Long Have We Known What Is Essential To Healthy Development? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

It is quite frequent that I ask the question…  

 “Why is it that we know what a developing brain needs, but with increasing frequently too many children are experiencing the opposite?”
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Team finds daytime naps enhance learning in preschool children

Team finds daytime naps enhance learning in preschool children | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Sleep researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst today offer the first research results showing that classroom naps support learning in preschool children by enhancing memory. Children who napped performed significantly better on a visual-spatial task in the afternoon after a nap and the ...
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: #Olympicmoms Brain Insight Day #3

Early Childhood Brain Insights: #Olympicmoms Brain Insight Day #3 | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
When you exercise, not only will your body benefit... so will your brain!
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Very Inspirational information isn't it?

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Toddler Behavior: My Kids Whine All Day - BabyShrink

Toddler Behavior: My Kids Whine All Day - BabyShrink | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

"Whining, believe it or not, is a way your toddler has developed to avoid melting down into a total tantrum. This is good, right? What would you rather have: whining — or a kicking, screaming tantrum?"

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Sleep requirements: A guide for the science-minded parent

Sleep requirements: A guide for the science-minded parent | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
The Parenting Science guide to the science of sleep requirements. Covers cultural and individual differences. How to determine your family's individualized needs.
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Most importantly, the charts can't tell us what your individualized needs are.

Knowing how much time people spend in bed is somewhat helpful, but it doesn’t tell us if these people are getting the right amount of sleep.

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School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge

School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
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This is a brief review of the relevant research evidence which overwhelmingly supports a later start to formal education. This evidence relates to the contribution of playful experiences to children’s development as learners, and the consequences of starting formal learning at the age of four to five years of age - See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/school-starting-age-the-evidence#sthash.2OnTfsn4.dpuf
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The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it


Many people often think of play in the form of images of young children at recess engaging in games of tag, ball, using slides, swings, and physically exploring their environments. But physical play is not the only kind of play. We often use the terms pretend play or make-believe play (the acting out of stories which involve multiple perspectives and the playful manipulation of ideas and emotions), that reflect a critical feature of the child’s cognitive and social development.

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Parenting Children & Teens with Reactive Attachment Disorder: PARENTING CHILDREN & TEENS WITH REACTIVE ATTACHMENT DISORDER

Parenting Children & Teens with Reactive Attachment Disorder: PARENTING CHILDREN & TEENS WITH REACTIVE ATTACHMENT DISORDER | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
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A word or two about brain growth and change. The brain adapts to experience, not to information. In this digital age, the tendency to overvalue the impact of information itself, disconnected from experience, has mushroomed. As H.L. Mencken put it, “For every problem there is a solution which is neat, believable, and wrong.” Information is not useless, but by itself, it does not fundamentally lead to change in kids, or adults, for that matter. If it did, you probably would not be reading this right now. The mental health of kids in the United States has been declining gradually, but steadily, since the 1950’s. All of our digital abundance has done nothing to reverse that trend. So, the message is, to facilitate growth in your kids, give them new experience, not simply new information.

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The Real Reasons Toddlers Push Limits

The Real Reasons Toddlers Push Limits | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Limit-pushing behavior can confound even the most attuned parent or caregiver. Why would our sweet darling throw her toy at us when we’ve just asked her not t
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It is essential for young children to have adults realize this critical understanding.

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Reading at five: Why?

Reading at five: Why? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

"For 40 years I have searched without success for studies that support the notion that reading at five is a helpful step for long-term success in school. A recent doctoral thesis confirmed the absence of such evidence."

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Let's realize that children's brains need to develop well prior to pushing academics!

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, October 7, 2013 10:52 AM

Feeling pressured to have your 7-year-old read Harry Potter? A new study confirmst what others before have shown: it is neither realistic nor productive.

 

This article in Seen Magazine explains the ins and outs of learning to read. What I love most is that it shows parents what reasonable goals and milestones look like. 

Connie Anderson's curator insight, October 7, 2013 6:20 PM

Did you learn to love learning in kindergarten? What did you love? What will happen to our nation's early learners if we replace a play environment with an academic and highly structured one?

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Teaching boys to become strong learners

Teaching boys to become strong learners | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
As an elementary school principal in Simcoe, Ont., Edmond Dixon saw countless underachieving young boys pass by his desk.
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"When boys are young, their brains have a greater capacity to perceive and use movement, but are less capable than girls at mastering oral language skills. By the age of six or seven, boys start getting testosterone jolts and become more competitive. When they fail, say by getting a bad mark on a test or getting scolded by a teacher, boy’s testosterone levels drop. Repeated failures, said Dixon, cause boys to lose interest in school because the loss of testosterone leaves them self-conscious."

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, August 20, 2013 6:02 PM

an important point here is that with early failure in schools, boys lose testosterone, which undermines future potential achievement.  This  in general seems to imply the traditional approach to education is bad for boys on a hormonal level. -Lon

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Promoting Brain Development Through Play and Nurture: Teleclass Re-Cap

Promoting Brain Development Through Play and Nurture: Teleclass Re-Cap | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
participants in this session left with practical tips that can be implemented immediately to make a difference in their children's brain development!
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Integrating Movement into Preschool Curriculums on ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Integrating Movement into Preschool Curriculums on ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
PTs can promote this critical childhood development skill.
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Brain development research and early childhood best practice both promote the critical importance of movement in a child's development. Incorporating movement activities into preschool classrooms is essential for many reasons. Well planned cooperative movement activities facilitate growth in the critical areas of social/emotional, receptive and expressive language, sensory-motor, and cognitive skill development. 1

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Understanding How the Brain Speaks Two Languages | TIME.com

Understanding How the Brain Speaks Two Languages | TIME.com | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Hablan dos idiomas? You should, if you know what's good for you

Via Wendi Pillars
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE... NOW!

Early Childhood Brain Insights: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE... NOW! | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

We can no longer simply wait for the critical understanding of early brain development to become common knowledge…. We need to MAKE it happen NOW!!

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All of us who care about children are coming together to create, The Worldwide Brain Team! You are needed. We would be thrilled to have you join us in making this happen.

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Traditionals vs Montessori Learning Explained for Teachers

Traditionals vs Montessori Learning Explained for Teachers | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Martin fletcher
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: What is Better Than Helping a Child Thrive?

Early Childhood Brain Insights: What is Better Than Helping a Child Thrive? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Play is essential to the healthy development of children. It is the way the brain learns best. It provides the movement that is critical to overall development. It leads to optimal social/emotional abilities. Due to the importance of play in helping a child

thrive,

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:07 AM

Oh, how I wish we could convince "the powers that be" that play IS learning. Great piece. Thanks Deborah!

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4 New Year's Resolutions That Will Change Your Child's Life

4 New Year's Resolutions That Will Change Your Child's Life | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
I propose that this year we resolve to teach our children to focus on things that really matter. This year, let's help our children make choices that will lead to improved emotional functioning, greater happiness, and lower stress.
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Moving Smart: A KINETIC CHRISTMAS: Candy-Cane-Go-Round

Moving Smart: A KINETIC CHRISTMAS: Candy-Cane-Go-Round | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

BALANCE MATTERS!
Balance underpins all of early childhood development, and one of the best ways to help little ones develop their balance is spinning.

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Moving Smart: THE KINETIC SCALE: Beyond Gross & Fine Motor

Moving Smart: THE KINETIC SCALE: Beyond Gross & Fine Motor | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
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Movement is at the very core of how children develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, and of course, physically. Here at Moving Smart we foster children's naturally move-to-learn style while helping parents and teachers understand the comprehensive benefits of all that wiggling!

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Teacher Tom: I Don't Need To "Teach" Them

Teacher Tom: I Don't Need To "Teach" Them | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Reflections on teaching and learning from preschoolers
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Ten Steps to Unconditional Love

Ten Steps to Unconditional Love | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

We all know that children require unconditional love to thrive. But how many of us feel capable of giving it?  We can't, quite simply, give something we don't have inside.  Loving your child starts with loving yourself.

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as the school year begins: a better way to handle homework

as the school year begins: a better way to handle homework | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

Do American students have too much homework, or too little? We often hear passionate arguments for either side, but I believe that we ought to be asking a different question altogether. What should matter to parents and educators is this: How effectively do children’s after-school assignments advance learning? The quantity of students’ homework is a lot less important than its quality. And evidence suggests that as of now, homework isn’t making the grade.

 

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