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

Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows | Wired Science | Wired.com | Early Brain Development | 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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Early Childhood Brain Insights: Let's Use All We Know to Ensure REAL Brain Development is Happening for ALL Children

Early Childhood Brain Insights: Let's Use All We Know to Ensure REAL Brain Development is Happening for ALL Children | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

I find it amazing that due to technological advances, we now understand the developing brain better than ever before, and in many cases just the opposite is occurring for too many children.

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Early Childhood Brain Insights: Back to School with Brighter Brains and Better Mornings

Early Childhood Brain Insights: Back to School with Brighter Brains and Better Mornings | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

The start of a new school year can invoke dread or relief depending on the amount of routine you establish for your family.

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Unstructured Play (and Why Your Kids Need More of It This Summer) | MomsTeam

Unstructured Play (and Why Your Kids Need More of It This Summer) | MomsTeam | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Kicker: Play PaysRider: Six reasons why free play is so important If you're like many parents, your child's summer may already be booked up with "enriching activities." Maybe you're shipping him off to a rigorous math...
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: The Best Valentine's Day Gift for Your Child: Love and Play

Early Childhood Brain Insights: The Best Valentine's Day Gift for Your Child: Love and Play | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

It really is that easy and inexpensive to give your child the best Valentine’s Day present, a parents love and interactive play. This is what a developing brain needs most.

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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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Early Childhood Brain Insights: BRAIN INSIGHTS TO SHARE: Growing a Brain!

Early Childhood Brain Insights: BRAIN INSIGHTS TO SHARE: Growing a Brain! | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it


Did you know ........ After eight months a child exposed to a nurturing and stimulating environment may already have 1,000 trillion connections created?

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ADHD as a Developmental Issue (Not a Medical One) |

ADHD as a Developmental Issue (Not a Medical One) | | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

We’re increasingly expecting kindergarteners to do the work that second graders used to do and creating even less opportunity for the “child” in these kids to express itself.

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Biggest health problem facing American kids? Inactivity

Biggest health problem facing American kids? Inactivity | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
Lack of exercise tops the list of the biggest concerns about kids' health, according to a new survey of American adults.
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"Spin-Doctor Parenting": Help Your Kids Avoid Summer Brain Drain: 5 Tips for Summer

"Spin-Doctor Parenting": Help Your Kids Avoid Summer Brain Drain: 5 Tips for Summer | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it

Summer vacation is right around the corner, which means a few things: sleeping late, lazy days spent in the sun, dips in the lake, barbeques...and unfortunately, "summer brain drain".

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CDC Report: Kids Still Eat Too Much Added Sugar

CDC Report: Kids Still Eat Too Much Added Sugar | Early Brain Development | Scoop.it
U.S. children and teens have cut down on added sugars but still eat too much, according to a new report.
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