BRAIN FACT: Good Nutrition For The Body Is Good For The Brain

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

As a general rule good nutrition for the body is good for the brain. This is especially true with heart healthy foods.
Photo Credit: Zsuzsanna Kilian
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BRAIN FACT: A Baby Is Born With The Ability To Make Every Sound Of Every Language In The World

Monday, August 30, 2010

When we are born we have the ability to make every sound of every language in the world. However, because our brain learns based on the environment and experiences we are exposed to, we lose that ability. The brain makes connections based on the language(s) heard frequently.

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BRAIN FACT: Meals That Include Sugar Foods Deprive The Brain Of the Nutrients It Needs to Function Well

Friday, August 27, 2010

Meals that include sugary foods without adequate amounts of protein deprive the brain of the nutrients it needs to function well. This can lead to out of control behavior, and lack of attention.

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BRAIN FACT: Vocabulary At Age 3 Predicts First Grade Reading Success

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Vocabulary at age 3 predicts first grade reading success. First grade vocabulary predicts eleventh grade reading level."
     -Andrew Biemiller, Vocabulary Development and Instruction: A Prerequisite for School Learning,     Handbook of Early Literacy Research (Volume 2), New York, NY: Guilford Press 2005.

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BRAIN FACT: Young Children Need Adults To Help Them Deal With Strong Emotions

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Young children need adults to help them deal with strong emotions.  Immature brains are not able to control impulses or handle strong feelings on their own.

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BRAIN FACT: Babies Are The Model Of How We Learn

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

“Babies are the model of how we learn – not by passive reaction to the environment but by the active testing through observation, hypothesis, experiment, and conclusion.”
~Brain Rules,  John Medina, 2008

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BRAIN FACT: Infants Who Learn They Can Engage Their Parents and Objects Acquires The Knowledge Of Affecting The World Around Them

Monday, August 23, 2010

“The infant who has learned that he can engage his parent in play and make objects do what he wants them to do acquires a fundamental belief in his ability to affect the world around him.” 
~From Neurons to Neighborhoods, National Research Council, 2001

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BRAIN FACT: Caring Interactions Reduces the Number of Stress Response Connections Created In The Brain

Friday, August 20, 2010

Frequent positive and caring interactions reduces the amount of connections that are created in the stress response areas of the brain.

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BRAIN FACT: The Brain Benefits From Physical Activity

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It is not only the body that gains improvement as a result of exercise. There are numerous benefits to the brain through physical activity.  Click HERE to find out about the advantages research is demonstrating.

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BRAIN FACT: The Brain Learns When Using Real Things

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The brain learns when using real things. Counting real objects helps the brain make connections for basic math skills. Just saying numbers in order does not have meaning.

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BRAIN FACT: The Easiest Time To Learn A Second Lanugage Is During The Pre-School Years

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The easiest time to learn a second language is during the pre-school years. This occurs from hearing the language directly. At young ages, the brain does not learn language from videos or CDs.

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BRAIN FACT: The Brain Likes To Be Active

Monday, August 16, 2010

The brain likes to be active and prefers not to be bored. It seeks to constantly find something interesting to think about or do. Young brains do not easily know how to handle either over-stimulation or under-stimulation.

View this recent study as it relates this fact to mood levels: Staying Busy May Help Improve Mood 

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BRAIN FACT: Outdoor Play Greatly Benefits Brain Development

Friday, August 13, 2010

Research shows that outdoor play greatly benefits brain development. Children who play outside every day have been shown to have a greater ability to concentrate in addition to better motor coordination.

This article provides ideas to overcome common obstacles to providing outdoor time.

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BRAIN FACT: Repeated Trial and Error With Real Objects Creates Strong Brain Connections

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Repeated experiences of trial and error with real objects creates strong brain connections. This learning leads to learning more advanced skills with confidence.

Watch this clip of a perfect example!

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BRAIN FACT: Omega-3 Fats Are Critical To The Brain

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Diets containing omega-3 fats are critical to the brain. These “good fats” contribute to the structure and function of a healthy brain. These essential fats play a part in optimal learning and behavior.

This blog post provides a list of beneficial foods.

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BRAIN FACT: Sorting and Creating Patterns Helps Young Brains Develop Math and Pre-Reading Skills

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sorting items by categories and creating patterns helps young brains develop basic math and pre-reading skills. Brain connections for these skills are made strong through doing these types of activities often with various items.

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BRAIN FACT: Back and Forth Exchanges Create Brain Connections For Healthy Social/Emotional Development

Friday, August 6, 2010

It is critical to a developing brain to experience consistent communication and interaction. 

Experiences of predictable exchanges back forth create brain connections to form pathways for healthy social/emotional development and learning.

This wonderful clip and explanation clearly demonstrates how essential this is:

The Love Your Baby brain development packet makes it very easy for you to provide the essential interactions your baby needs!  Enjoy how good it will feel to provide this fun and love!

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BRAIN FACT: Missing Breakfast Can Make A Child Overly Active

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Missing breakfast can make a child overly active. A healthy breakfast that includes protein provides the nutrition the brain needs to function well. A well fed brain helps a child learn better, feel better, and have more positive behavior.

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BRAIN FACT: Laughter Starts To Appear When A Child Is 3 to 4 Months Old

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Laughter starts to appear when a child is 3 to 4 months old. Play and laughter activates the care and thinking areas of the brain.

Enjoy watching this clip!

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BRAIN FACT: Early Childhood Programs With Directed Academic Curriculum May Risk The Developmental Growth Necessary For Future Academic Success

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

“Early childhood programs that implement a directed academic curriculum often replace essential, hands-on learning activities with skill-based performance and rote-learning tasks. In doing so, they risk the developmental growth necessary for children’s future academic success.”
~Healy, J.M. 2004. Your Child’s Growing Mind. New York: Broadway Books.

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BRAIN FACT: Environments That Are Chaotic, Disorderly Or Have High Levels Of Stress Have a Direct Influence On How Optimally A Child's Brain Develops

Monday, August 2, 2010

Environments that are chaotic, disorderly or have high levels of stress have a direct influence on how optimally a child’s emotional and thinking areas of the brain develops.

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