Active Screen Time: PokemonGo for Developing Logic and Reasoning

A while back, G1 wrote us a thousand-word essay expounding the benefits of playing Pokemon Go. After joining him on this quest to see what all the fuss is about, I have some new benefits to add to the list. Coming fresh from the last post’s discussion about the benefit of active screen time, IContinue reading “Active Screen Time: PokemonGo for Developing Logic and Reasoning”

The Truth About the Bilingual Brain

Being able to speak more than one language has always been a great skill to have. But being bilingual can also offer numerous benefits to the brain, making it sharper and healthier. The Brain Benefits of a Bilingual Brain Compared to the monolingual brain, the bilingual brain is better at: paying attention – greater focusContinue reading “The Truth About the Bilingual Brain”

Physical Fitness and Exercise Increase Cognitive Performance and Brain Health

There is so much evidence supporting the brain benefits of exercise and physical fitness that I am convinced this is our magic pill. I was also convinced that I knew all I needed to know about reaping the benefits from exercise. When a friend passed me a copy John Ratey’s book – Spark: the RevolutionaryContinue reading “Physical Fitness and Exercise Increase Cognitive Performance and Brain Health”

Assessing Your Child’s Brain Function

Before anyone goes on a rampage, let me state for the record that nothing beats a professional assessment when it comes to testing brain function and identifying cognitive weaknesses. That said, professional assessments are pretty costly; they’re a lot to pay when you’re not sure if you need it. If you’re looking for a quickContinue reading “Assessing Your Child’s Brain Function”

The Science of Learning: How Do Brains Learn Best?

We had another workshop at school on the science of learning – how brains learn best. In the workshop, we covered some of the following concepts. What is Neuroplasticity? Neuroplasticity is the brain’s amazing ability to change and adapt as a result of our daily interactions with the world around us. It allows the brainContinue reading “The Science of Learning: How Do Brains Learn Best?”

The Activity That Builds Brain Connectivity

In study after study, science repeatedly confirms that sports, exercise, and physical activity are good for the brain. Sports and Physical Activity are Important for Brain Development and Academic Performance Exercise Makes You Smarter – Here’s Why If You Only Do One Thing for Your Brain, It Should Be This Exercise Builds Better Brains We’veContinue reading “The Activity That Builds Brain Connectivity”

How to Build a Better Brain with Exercise

If you want to build a better brain, you won’t go wrong with exercise. We’ve seen study after study on how the brain benefits from exercise: Sports and Physical Activity are Important for Brain Development and Academic Performance Exercise Makes You Smarter Physical activity is one of the most effective ways to enhance the brain “Exercise—especiallyContinue reading “How to Build a Better Brain with Exercise”

BrainRx at myBrainLab – Round Two

Two years ago, G1 took a cognitive skills test at myBrainLab where some of his cognitive weaknesses were identified. He went through the BrainRx program and his trainer helped him to work on his weaknesses. The results of the training were far better than I could ever have hoped for. At that time, G2 was too young for the program soContinue reading “BrainRx at myBrainLab – Round Two”

Mindfulness Enhances School Performance

Although the practice of mindfulness meditation has been around for a while, it is only in recent times that it has begun to gain traction in schools. As more research builds up to support the case for mindfulness, more schools are beginning to incorporate mindfulness into the curriculum. The body of scientific research illustrating theContinue reading “Mindfulness Enhances School Performance”

Activities and Games for Developing Executive Function

Executive Function helps children succeed academically and in life. It is a better predictor of success than IQ. So I’ve been thinking a little harder about ways to help the children improve these skills. There is an old proverb often mistakenly attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but it goes like this: “Tell me and I forget. TeachContinue reading “Activities and Games for Developing Executive Function”