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Mindfulness Resources for Families

Our interest in mindfulness began when we learned about how: mindfulness training can improve working memory, reading comprehension and task focus mindfulness meditation improves learning and memory processes   How mindfulness helps children: It brings attention back to the present, away from worries of the future It reduces stress It breaks the cycle of worry, where […]

Books: Redefining Intelligence and Achieving Greatness

Scott Barry Kaufman has been on the radar in recent times after I came across a number of his articles on Beautiful Minds - a blog on Scientific American. A psychologist, author, and science writer, Kaufman focusses a lot on two subjects that are very near and dear to me – intelligence and creativity. One of the most interesting things […]

10 Ways to Make Your Kids Smarter

If you want to know how to make your children smarter, there is an excellent overview article on Time: How To Make Your Kids Smarter: 10 Steps Backed By Science. In a nutshell, these are the factors to consider… Music Lessons (more here) The Dumb Jock Is A Myth Don’t Read To Your Kids, Read With Them […]

Motherhood Magazine Article: Brain Boosters

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There is an interesting article in the January 2013 issue of Motherhood Magazine (Singapore) on Brain Boosters. In a nutshell, the article is about enrichment classes that develop your child’s brain with a focus on Shichida and Heguru. Clicks the images to read the article. If you’re in Singapore, you can find the full article in the […]

My Brilliant Brain: Make Me a Genius

More on this Topic: Part 1 – My Brilliant Brain: Born Genius Part 2 – My Brilliant Brain: Accidental Genius Make Me a Genius In part 3 of My Brilliant Brain, the documentary features Hungarian-born Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar - the first woman to break the gender barrier in a formerly male-dominated game. At the age of 4, […]

My Brilliant Brain: Accidental Genius

See Part 1 – My Brilliant Brain: Born Genius Accidental Genius In part 2 of My Brilliant Brain, the documentary features two “accidental geniuses”: George Widener – a prodigious savant with amazing skills in calendar calculating and art; and Tommy McHugh – the victim of a stroke who recovered and discovered his hidden artistic talent. […]

The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children

The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children Featured

Despite all our highly publicized efforts to improve our schools, the United States is still falling behind. We recently ranked 15th in the world in reading, math, and science. Clearly, more needs to be done. In The Learning Brain, Torkel Klingberg urges us to use the insights of neuroscience to improve the education of our […]

My Brilliant Brain: Born Genius

My Brilliant Brain

In a bid to understand more about giftedness, brain development, the role of nature and nurture, I bought the documentary from National Geographic: My Brilliant Brain – Unlocking Some of the Brain’s Biggest Mysteries. The DVD set comes with two DVDs: My Brilliant Brain My Musical Brain My Brilliant Brain talks about genius from three […]

Activities to Develop Working Memory

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We know that executive function is important for predicting future success in children and that executive function is closely linked to self-control – another predictor for future success. One of the executive functions is working memory which can be strengthened with brain exercises. You can also find brain exercises on Lumosity that specifically target working […]

Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child’s Brain Development from Birth Through Age 5 1/2

Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child's Brain Development from Birth Through Age 5 1/2 Featured

Movement, play, and active exploration in the first five years of a child’s life are essential to the development of his or her body and brain. Now Active Baby, Healthy Brain presents 135 massages, exercises, and activities that engage your child’s love of play while also stimulating his or her brain development in multiple areas, […]