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 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 […]

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’ve […]

Get Kids Moving with GoNoodle

There is a deep connection between the mind and the body and we have seen how movement of the body can influence the development of the brain: Movement is good for the brain If you only do one thing for your brain, it should be this… Physical activity and sports are important for brain development and academic performance […]

Mind Tools for Students

“Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.” – Richard Dawkins Recently, we wrote about how metacognition helps students improve their learning. To follow up on that article, we took a look are some popular mind tools that support the development of […]

Change Your Words, Change Your Mindset

I believe there is a lot of power in our words. If we say something enough times – even if we don’t believe it to begin with – it eventually becomes our truth. Anthony Robbins highlights the power of words in an article – Transform your vocabulary, transform your life: Transformational Vocabulary is about how you can […]

Resources: Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills

Knowing how to think is not a given. Children need to be taught how to think critically, logically and with reason. This is because being intelligent and knowing how to think are not the same thing. The problem is called dysrationalia – the inability to think and behave rationally despite having adequate intelligence. Why is […]

Nikitin Material Brain Games and Puzzles from Lern Spiel Verlag

We are always on the lookout for brain games, toys and puzzles. We really like this one that was shared with us recently – Nikitin Material range from Lern Spiel Verlag… Recommended for children from 4 years and up, Nikitin Material Development Kits help promote: mental develop perception concentration logical thinking lateral thinking numerical reasoning […]

Teaching Children How Practicing Mindfulness can Help Them

We have heard over and over again about how mindfulness is great for adults and children alike but sometimes it’s difficult to explain to your children why practicing mindfulness is good. This video will help…  

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   What is Mindfulness Meditation? Mindfulness Meditation is a type of meditation that focuses attention on breathing, bodily sensations and mental relaxation. The primary focus is to […]