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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #11 Issue #14
ISSN: 0219-7642 Dec 9, 2012
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One of the greatest natural gifts that the nature has given our children is the power of curiosity and
imagination. Children always learn by observing and imagining objects and forms that lie within
their periphery of view. All of them also learn by doing things or by observing how others do them.
One of the smartest parenting techniques to learn is to give them an opportunity to believe in
themselves and say with confidence that they can do it. Real learning occurs when children work
on their own terms and take a risk while learning something new. Saying YES, when children inquire
as to whether parents need help from them, is a great strategy to cajole them to learn and master
many constructive things. Giving sufficient freedom to take part in imaginative, pretend and
independent play, allows children learn in an optimal manner.
Parents are often at their confusing end when the issue of learning comes up. Teaching something
to children could be very tricky and tedious. However, children possess an in-built capability to
learn new things and lessons. They do not need extended help from their parents or teachers; what
they need is a friendly, guiding and helping hand. Learning by role-playing, pretention and
imagination is natural and parents may just need to guide children to help them walk on the path
and reach the desired goalpost. All the best.
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Promoting Imaginative Play in Children
Imaginative and pretend play are two of the most productive tools available for children
to acquire a myriad of brain skills. Imaginative play also allows children to play
and interact with toys and tools to create surreal situations and scenarios that eventually lead
to better learning, and absorption of ideas and concepts.
Promoting Imaginative Play in Children - Practical Suggestions
Imaginative play allows children develop imagination, creative thinking, logical reasoning and
other brain skills. However, children may need a series of items, tools, play sets and toys in
order to indulge in imaginative play. Read the article to learn more.
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
By Stuart Brown M.D., Christopher Vaughan
Dr. Brown has spent his career studying animal behavior and
conducting more than six- thousand "play histories" of
humans from all walks of life-from serial murderers to Nobel
Prize winners. Backed by the latest research, Play (20,000
copies in print) explains why play is essential to our
social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity,
ability to problem solve and more. Particularly in tough
times, we need to play more than ever, as it's the very
means by which we prepare for the unexpected, search out new
solutions, and remain optimistic.
A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology,
psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of
the transformative power of play, this book proves why play
just might be the most important work we can ever do.
The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections
By Amanda Blake Soule
When you learn to awaken your family's creativity, wonderful things will happen:
you'll make meaningful connections with your children in large and small ways;
your children will more often engage in their own creative discoveries; and your family
will embrace new ways to relax, play, and grow together.
Amanda Soule has charmed many with her tales of creativity and parenting on her blog,
SouleMama. Here she shares ideas and projects with the same warm tone and down-to-earth
voice. Perfect for all families, the wide range of projects presented here offers ideas
for imaginative play, art and crafts, nature explorations, and family celebrations.
Five things to know about early childhood brain development
Michigan Radio Nov 14, 2012
There's a lot of research that shows just how important the first few years of a child's life
are to their cognitive development. But for those of us who aren't medical doctors the information
can be rather confusing.
Nutrients in fish can boost brain development
Scientist Live Dec 02, 2012
This study adds to the evidence to show that specific nutrients in
fish can boost brain development. Current medical advice in most
countries is that pregnant women should limit their intake of fish
but the most recent findings of the long term research project in
the Seychelles points to a strong positive association between fish
consumption and neurodevelopment.
Alcohol during pregnancy found to hurt IQ
UPI Nov 19, 2012
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found four genetic
variants in alcohol-metabolizing genes among the 4,167 children were
strongly related to lower IQ at age 8. The child's IQ was on average
almost 2 points lower per genetic modification they possessed.
Warning to cut TV for young children
BBC Nov 23, 2012
Children under three should not watch screens, a leading psychologist says.
The joy of reading starts with toddlers
Post Independent Dec 01, 2012
Early reading beginning in infancy is a major factor in developing
the parent-child bond, and in stimulating infant brain development.
Babies need books. Babies need to learn about books - which can
include throwing, chewing, using it as a hammer, etc., until they
finally get around to turning the pages and enjoying the story.
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