The Pokemon Trading Card Game Teaches Children Many Skills

G1 has a new craze – the Pokemon Trading Card Game. I thought at first that it was just another ridiculously expensive hobby until G1 learned how to play the game properly and taught it to me. It turns out that there is actually quite a lot a child can learn from this game. The […]

Let’s Celebrate Math Awareness Month this April

Yes, I know – it’s half way through Math Awareness Month already. I had some technical issues with the website which prevented me from adding any new posts and it took me ages to fix because I didn’t know what I was doing. The good news is that I now know how to migrate a blog to […]

How to Exercise Your Way to a Better Brain

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—especially […]

What are the Brain Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles?

There are a lot of activities that we engage in that we assumed to be beneficial to our cognitive development without really questioning that assumption. One of these activities is working on jigsaw puzzles… The Benefits of Solving Jigsaw Puzzles A number of the articles that I have found on this subject list the following […]

Playing Mahjong is Good Exercise for Your Brain

My grandfather lived until he was 100 years old. For a large part of his life, he was physically and mentally pretty fit for a man his age. I think I have always taken it for granted that long life and good health ran in his family until I learned that he was a very active […]

Getting the Most Out of Your Brain Training

There are many ways to sharpen the brain and keep it finely honed – methods that have consistently proven time again through research to be effective. But let’s face it… in the rapid pace of life that we live in, it can be difficult to fit one or two of these activities in. Given the limited commodity […]

Brain Scans Show How Learning a Musical Instrument Enhances Our Brains

We know that learning music is good for the brain. We’ve covered this point many times in previous articles: 18 Reasons Why Your Child Should Learn to Play the Piano Why You Should Send Your Child for Music Lessons The Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument Learning a Musical Instrument Enhances Our Brains Now scientists are using […]

The Power of Adversity in Developing Grit

Gattaca is a movie that has inspired me since the day I first watched it. It is a movie about achieving your dreams even when nobody else believes you can – or should – achieve those dreams. If you’ve never seen it, you can read the plot summary below and click the link to the […]

How to Use Digital Tools to Support Literacy

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (Nelson Mandela), and “literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy” (Barrack Obama). If we’re going to raise children who will change the world, we must first help them to become literate adults. Teaching children basic literacy skills can be challenging […]

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 brain […]