Food For Thought: Nutrition's Effect on Cognition Food Processing Cognition is defined as the mental processes that include the long-term memory needed for comprehending language and for learning, reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making.
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I agree with this statement, and would further add, based on my own experiences, that eating only "healthy" foods will not suffice our brain and body development. Not only are our foods filled with GMO's and the organic stuff not all that organic, we would have to eat a whole lot of certain foods to get all the nutrients we need, so it is vital to take vitamin and mineral supplements that are devoid of coloring, fillers, and additives. In my 40 something age, I see and feel a difference in my health, following this regimen, and paired with at least 15 minutes of interval exercises, increases your cognitive abilities. having sometime to pray, meditate and do some breathing exercises, recharges your system. Eating all foods in moderation, taking supplements, and getting a good supply of fruit and vegetables are essential, always remembering that our pH balance with the optimum level of 7 and up, guarantees that our bodies can fight diseases. Any lower, we are at risk for many illnesses.
This is a very insightful article, as it explains the complexity of all the skills one needs to be able to complete a task. Too often, we attribute a child's inability to finish their work, to laziness and stubbornness, when all they need is some scaffolding, to help them in understanding the various steps to a task. As an Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Tutor, the step-by-step, sequential, and multisensory strategies used to facilitate the learning of a task, have proven to be a very effective way to help a child's brain to form new pathways to help them to overcome their academic challenges. What we call a learning disabilty, is simply "learning differently", and every child should be given the tools to help them be the best they can be.
Study shows greater focus on vocabulary can help make students better readers Phys.Org At the end of the intervention, they made significantly greater gains in vocabulary and narrative skill—two key elements of reading comprehension success—than...
The power of the "word" is vital, no so much in knowing how to read it or say it, but understanding it and using it in different context. Schools from as early as kindergarten should be placing a lot of emphasis on meaning of words, as we see that a lot of kids do not learn intuitively what a word means, but needs a structured, elicit strategy, where the child has a consistent platform to express the use of these words from a young age. In Grade 3, we see lots of students unable to understand the inferential meaning of words/group of words, so it would be beneficial for children to learn from as early as kindergarten.