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Raising Brain Healthy Children

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Dr. Daniel Amen, director of Amen Clinics, a brain health practice, and his wife Tana have put together some videos on raising brain-healthy children through effective parenting.  They recently posted on their blog the first of a video series on effective parenting.  Part of their advice is a suggestion for how to eliminate homework struggles […]

Virtual Preschool Curriculum for Parents

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Technology has given parents of preschoolers a new way to prepare for school.  The VINCI Virtual Preschool is a game-based subscription service that helps parents deliver instruction in essential early childhood skills.  Their subscriptions include the weekly delivery of lesson plans, books, and activity guides on their own device. Subscriptions also include access to credentialed […]

Praise That Works

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Sometimes the area between encouragement and indifference becomes quite fuzzy for parents.  Most well-intentioned parents want to encourage their children with positive reinforcement, so praising their children seems like obvious behavior for them.  However, NPR’s Poncie Rutsch explains on the Mind Shift website that some types of praise that parents give their children can lead […]

Advantage for Video Gamers

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

While we are loath to admit it, another study suggests a benefit of playing video games.  A recent report on The Science Daily website explains that researchers from Brown University found that gamers who play a lot are likely to be “experts” of visual processing.   Associate professor (research) of cognitive, linguistic and psychological science, Yuka […]

The Adolescent Brain

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Adolescence. Just the mere mention of the word brings shudders to most parents.  Some remember going through it with their previously delightful children.  Others have not experienced it yet, but they dread what could be their parenting nightmare!  Writing for the NPR blog Mind Shift, Cory Turner explains things that parents might be surprised to […]

Coding for Young Children

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

A recent post on NPR’s Mind Shift blog by Matthew Farber explains that the ability to solve problems by thinking logically is a desirable twenty-first century skill that children will need in careers such as computer programming. There are games for children that will help them with coding by helping them learn how to think. […]

Digitally Savvy Young Children

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Today’s preschoolers don’t know a world without electronic media.  Understandably, they are drawn to tablets, smart phones, and computers.  As a matter of fact, much software and apps are devoted to this group.  In a recent NPR interview with Eric Westervelt, Dr. Dimitri Christakis, Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at […]

Getting Kids to Read More

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Parents know how important reading is to their children’s academic achievement, but sometimes, it is quite a challenge, especially as the children get older.  Writing for The Boston Globe, Ami Albernaz explains that the results from a report from Scholastic, a publishing company for children’s books, might help parents to intervene more effectively to get […]

Keys to Reading Well

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Educators often identify students early who will be proficient readers and who will have reading difficulties, but specific information about how students learn to read eludes them.  Having information like that could offer clues about precise interventions that could help weaker students become better readers.  Writing for The New Yorker, psychology and science blogger Maria […]

Fostering a Love for Science in Your Children

Friday, November 28th, 2014

The prospect of gainful employment has moved the study of STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) to the top of desired college majors for many prospective college students.  This emphasis on attracting students to STEM subjects begs the question, “How and when do we create students who will study in one of the STEM […]

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