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Creating awareness of the impact we can all easily have on optimal brain development for ALL children.
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Surprising connections between our well-being and giving, getting, and gratitude

Surprising connections between our well-being and giving, getting, and gratitude | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
We all know that getting a good night's sleep is good for our general health and well-being. But new research is highlighting a more surprising benefit of good sleep: more feelings of gratitude for relationships.
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I just shared your link in a blog post! Hope it brings more attention to your page! http://braininsights.blogspot.com/2013/01/creating-better-life-for-everyone.html#
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Brain Power: Comparing a Child’s Brain to the Growing Global Internet

Brain Power: Comparing a Child’s Brain to the Growing Global Internet | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
"Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks" is the newest short film to emerge from Moxie Institute’s Let It Ripple series, which aims to provide free media for inspiring organizations and, most importantly, connect people and ideas throughout the world.
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A big brainstorm is on the horizon in neuroscience

A big brainstorm is on the horizon in neuroscience | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
With unprecedented access to the structure, function and genetic foundations of the most complex of all known systems – the brain – neuroscientists are scaling up their ambitions, as support for their efforts rises.
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Parenting with Baby Brain Insights: How to Use Music! - Character Building from KidsDiscuss.com

Parenting with Baby Brain Insights: How to Use Music! - Character Building from KidsDiscuss.com | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
My Baby Brain Loves Music! If you're a parent and your baby could tell you how music helps his brain, would you listen? Our expert parenting author, Deborah McNelis, has written the most practical information with simple activities entitled, Brain...
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: My Heart Says... "What If?

Early Childhood Brain Insights: My Heart Says... "What If? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
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This post is a bit different than most of the insights shared here. This one is written to share and express feelings, thoughts and dreams due to the school shooting in CT. It is the result of the expression of care and concern being shared by people everywhere. This is a post to ask important questions.....

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Deborah McNelis, M.Ed's comment, December 17, 2012 6:07 PM
Thank you for sharing! Won't it be wonderful when this becomes reality every day?!
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Understanding How Children Develop Empathy

Understanding How Children Develop Empathy | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
How do children develop prosocial behavior - "voluntary behavior intended to benefit another" - and is there a way to encourage it?
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Don't Let Your Preschoolers Forget How To Play

Don't Let Your Preschoolers Forget How To Play | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
As hard as it is to believe, there are children as young as 4 or 5 already showing signs of stress and burn-out because parents and teachers are misinformed
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Play is so extremely important to a developing brain. This post is extremly valuable in helping to promote this essential need in the preschool years!

Too often, early brain development is perceived as meaning we need to push young children to learn more at earlier ages.

This is a post that every child wants EVERY adult to understand!

 

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What Does Science Tell Us About Teaching Kids to Think?

What Does Science Tell Us About Teaching Kids to Think? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

"In general, there is good evidence thatexplicit teaching of writing makes kids better writers...But...Just giving out more writing assignments won't do the trick...emphasis must be on anaylsis..."


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How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus

How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Are your children prepared to think and focus for success in 21st century life?
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"Because their brains are still developing and malleable, frequent exposure by so-called digital natives to technology is actually wiring the brain in ways very different than in previous generations. What is clear is that, as with advances throughout history, the technology that is available determines how our brains develops."

Larry Heuser's curator insight, August 8, 2015 3:27 PM

Using the Internet is like jet skiing.  Skimming along the surface of the water at high speed, exposed to a broad vista, surrounded by many distractions, and only able to focus fleetingly on any one thing.

Audrey's curator insight, August 13, 2015 5:56 PM

This is true.  They seem to be absorbing ideas faster.

 

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www.prekandksharing.blogspot.com

www.prekandksharing.blogspot.com | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

To help make this time of year more enjoyable, hopefully these tips will contribute to happier brains for the children in your life or are helpful to share with other parents! (Many of these tips do apply to adult brains also!)

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Reframing Early Ed Investments as Economic Development: New TedX Talk

Reframing Early Ed Investments as Economic Development: New TedX Talk | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
  A new TedX talk lays out a compelling case for why we need to reframe the debate over investments in preschool.
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Guidelines for Kids - Decision Making for Kids | Create Happy Kids

Guidelines for Kids - Decision Making for Kids | Create Happy Kids | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Does your child seem confused about what is expected of him? Discover how to set clear guidelines and how that will benefit you and your kids.
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How Pesticides Harm Children’s Health and Brains | Healthy Child Healthy World

How Pesticides Harm Children’s Health and Brains | Healthy Child Healthy World | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

In Organic Foods: Health and Environmental Advantages and Disadvantages, the pediatricians at the American Academy of Pediatrics point to science linking pesticide exposure with a range of childhood health harms, from reduced birth weight to ADHD to impaired mental development.

 


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Creating Great Connections and HOPE with Brain Insights ~ Making Great Connections in the New Year!

Creating Great Connections and HOPE with Brain Insights ~ Making Great Connections in the New Year! | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

Children need EVERY adult, that has an influence on their life,  to understand the basics of brain development and help them learn needed life skills. We owe every child the opportunity to develop in the most healthy ways possible.

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"We ALL benefit when ALL children have well developed brains!"

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Up Down and All Around ~ Kids Who Fidget and Move

Up Down and All Around ~ Kids Who Fidget and Move | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Frequently children get into trouble at home and in school because they move too much. They fidget, fall off chairs, or leave their seats when they are expected
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 This understanding so important and so helpful for many educators and parents. ... but best of all benefits children!

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Exercise and the Ever-Smarter Human Brain

Exercise and the Ever-Smarter Human Brain | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Our brains were shaped and sharpened by movement, an emerging view of human evolution goes, and we continue to require regular physical activity in order for our brains to function optimally.
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Ian Banyard's curator insight, January 7, 2013 12:09 PM

More great information about the brain and human evolution.

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peaceful parenting: The Dangers of Crying It Out

peaceful parenting: The Dangers of Crying It Out | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
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"With neuroscience, we can confirm what our ancestors took for granted---that letting babies get distressed is a practice that can damage children and their relational capacities in many ways for the long term. We know now that leaving babies to cry is a good way to make a less intelligent, less healthy but more anxious, uncooperative and alienated person who can pass the same or worse traits on to the next generation."

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The Digital Media Diet Parents, Kids & The Digital Shift: Strategies for a Balanced Media Diet | The Digital Media Diet

The Digital Media Diet Parents, Kids & The Digital Shift: Strategies for a Balanced Media Diet | The Digital Media Diet | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

This guest post is brought to you in collaboration with Lorraine Akemann of Moms With Apps. This is Part 1 of a 2 part post … the 2nd part will appear in the MomsWithApps.comblog in December of 2012.

 

 

From Lorraine, “Carisa and I have both been blogging about family-friendly apps since 2009. We realized through our friendship and conversations, that contrary to what the public might think, media habits in our own homes are actually quite conservative. By immersing ourselves in tech culture, we are gaining enough ‘digital literacy’ to make media plans for our own kids. We hope that by sharing our own stories, we can learn more about your stories, and create a collective view about healthy media habits for families.”

 

Through our discussions, we found ourselves contemplating similar questions, like, “How much screentime is too much?” This turned out to be a key issue on both our minds, as we navigate family life. There is a balance between exposing children to technology, and keeping technology at bay … so trade-offs aren’t made with other aspects of a child’s development.

 

 

 

Below, you’ll find some of the techniques that we’ve identified, with data from our survey. We did this ‘quick study’ with 100 parents recruited from high-tech households in our social media fan base for Digital-Storytime & MomsWithApps.

 

The purpose of the survey was to take a the ‘temperature’ of other families trying to balance media use for their kids, to see how our list stacked up against techniques being used by other families. Note: We focused primarily on ‘leisure time’ or ‘free time’ use of visual media or ‘screen time’ by kids, excluding all curricular & extra-curricular use of media devices for learning in a school/homework or homeschool environment (as well as use of screens for communication or other ‘acts of daily living’ for children with learning disabilities). 

 

We also gathered a lot of qualitative comments that we’ll present in the the 2nd post, regarding advice from parents about how to manage screen time & ideas for the larger community.


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The Brain Drain of Inactivity

The Brain Drain of Inactivity | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
An active lifestyle boosts learning and memory at any age.
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There is so much great information out to demonstrate all of the wonderful benefits movement and activity provides for the brain.IIf we want children to learn... It is essential that they are getting the opportunity for adequate amounts of physical activity everyday!

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How to Inspire Your Brain

How to Inspire Your Brain | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
We've entered a golden age for brain research, but all these new findings haven't trickled down to the individual. Yet there are broad discoveries that make it possible to everyone to improve their brains.
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Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains?

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making.
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Preschoolers at play show science skills

Preschoolers at play show science skills | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

When kids incessantly ask "Why?," mess around in the dirt and run their hands over everything within reach, they're not just being kids. It turns out they're also being scientists.

 

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Too much TV time, too little activity for children

Too much TV time, too little activity for children | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
AS the parents of toddlers will attest, tots appear to be permanently on the move.

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10 Memorable Dr. Seuss Quotes About His Work - Mental Floss

10 Memorable Dr. Seuss Quotes About His Work - Mental Floss | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
10 Memorable Dr. Seuss Quotes

Here are some things Theodor Seuss Geisel said about his life, his work, his inspiration, and bow ties.

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Early Childhood Brain Insights: Play: Where Learning Begins

Early Childhood Brain Insights: Play: Where Learning Begins | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

When you think of a baby or child, what is it that they want to do most? They want to play! Babies are born ready to learn, they want to explore, touch, taste, smell, poke, pound, and throw everything they can get their hands on. This is learning and this is what their developing brain needs.

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Deborah McNelis, M.Ed's comment, December 10, 2012 9:37 PM
Thanks very much for sharing this to help promote the positive impact play makes for young brains!
Flip2BFit's comment, December 10, 2012 9:52 PM
My pleasure Deborah ... Play is soo incredibly important to keep a mind open active and absorbing I love being able to share articles and information to continue supporting it! Please mention me in a tweet if you post something else that I can continue to share. Have a wonderful Holiday.