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To Help Kids Remember What They Need to Learn Tell a Story

The phenomenon of wanting the same book read repeatedly represents the brain's seeking its own reward-pleasure response system. Help children tap into this pleasure—right now.

Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain

You can rewire your brain to reverse burnout symptoms and boost your optimism, pleasure, and positive expectations.

Resilience — A Sustaining Gift for Your Children

Resilience in learning, as in life, provides the capacity to persevere through setbacks, take on challenges, and even risk making mistakes on route to reaching goal achievement.

Kindling Your Child’s Enthusiasm for School

No other generation has had to cope with this ever-increasing fund of information. Improved technology and more information has led to more memorization & less meaningful learning.

The High Costs of Multitasking for You and Your Kids

Explain-Motivate-Prove-Guide is the four-step approach to help your kids reduce time lost into the black hole generated by multitasking (and improve family harmony).

Memorizing: Faster, Easier, Longer Lasting, and More Fun

If you want to remember something more easily, use more senses to construct memory. You'll store duplicates of the information in multiple banks of your brain’s storage system.

THE Blog Your Teenager Must Read

As a parent of a teen, you know about the teen risk. Have your teens read this so they understand how their brains are wired and how to avoid their wiring for risk-taking?

From Math Negative to Math Positive Attitudes in Your Kids

In an AP poll, over 1/3 of adults polled about school year math experiences indicated that they “hated” math in school. In fact, math was twice as despised as any other subject.

Where Did The Joy Of Learning Go?

When school stops being fun, all too frequently, learning stops. Help your child retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning. Connect your children to what they learn at school through their interests and past positive experiences so they will WANT to learn what they HAVE to learn.

Test Stress in Children: Rx with Brain Friendly Studying

Tests are often one of the most stressful experiences facing children. Because we can’t make them go away like bad dreams, we can help reduce that stress by guiding kids to study using brain-research based strategies that increase memory and understanding.

Build Your Young Child’s Future School Success NOW

Prediction is often the key measurement in intelligence tests. Activities allowing your child to recognize, play with, and create patterns build his power of prediction.Successful prediction is one of the best problem-solving strategies the brain has and necessary for successful reading, calculating, test taking, goal setting, and appropriate social behavior.

Prime Your Child’s Reading & Math Development with Patterns

Patterning refers to the meaningful process of organizing, coding, and categorizing information in the brain. It is through the patterns constructed and stored in neural networks that our brains recognize and find relevance in the millions of bits of sensory input received every second. Your child’s early experiences sorting, categorizing and patterning are key.

Top Ten Favorite Tips to Improve Children’s Memory

Studying for tests is tough on kids and parents. From my perspective as a neurologist and teacher, I’ve evaluated the neuroscience research about how the brain learns and remembers most successfully. This article brings together the strategies I’ve suggested, based on that research, reported by parents and educators to be most helpful.

When Children Hate School, Reignite Their Interest

Home extensions of learning beyond drill and homework gives school subjects relevance to their world so your children will want to know what they have to learn. The bridges you provide to give their school learning meaningful context not only increases their motivation, attention, and memory, but also boosts their highest cognitive executive functions!

Praise that Discourages Children

Children repeatedly praised for their inherent intelligence, in contrast to praise for their effort or the use of good strategies, are at risk for negative consequences of that praise. Children who perceive their success as a result of the intelligence with which they were born, are prone to believe that their abilities are fixed and not changeable by effort.

Build Your Child’s Divergence

In today’s global technology-based economy the best universities and employers are looking for applicants with the capacity for divergent thinking and actions.

Raising Kids Who Want to Read—Even During School Vacations

You can guide your children to the wonderful worlds they can reach through books traveling over the rainbow and deep into the center of the earth. Using their interests, strengths, and talents you can connect them to reading for pleasure, as they simultaneously build reading skills through this painless, argument free reading success cycle.

No More Flashcards With Memorization through Game Playing

Forget the Flashcards and Drill and Kill (interest) with The Best On-Line Games to Boost Your Childs Skills. The technological advances of online game-based practice for those dreaded facts that must be memorized is one of the greatest boons to parent-child relationships. These games can be found through easily through these information packed websites.

What to Do About Your Teenager’s “Eye-roll”

The eye-roll the equivalent of a door slam when teens have too many clothes piled on their bedroom floors to get adequate propulsion for a reverberating doorway. It helps to know it is normal for teens to behave in inconsistent and unpredictable manners- more idealistic, generous, and unselfish than they will ever be again, but also the opposite: self-centered & egotistic.

Giftedness Not Unwrapped—We All Lose

If giftedness is not carefully nurtured it may not blossom. Failing to identify and support children’s gifts can limit their access to future careers in scientific, artistic, or other academic pursuits that could give them great joy. Discovering and developing gifted children is not only critical for them, but also vital for society.
Bilingual Brains – Smarter & Faster

Bilingual Brains – Smarter & Faster

Recent studies of children who grow up in bilingual settings reveal advantages over single language children, including both increased attentive focus and cognition. The powerful implications of the new research are about brainpower enhanced by growing up bilingual.

Are You a Teacher Not Ready for School to Start?

School is Starting. If you are still “burned out,” your brain has rewired to survival mode—go make a “Animoto” video. Its easy, you’ll find your inner videographer, and make a powerful impact on your students. AND YOU WILL ALL HAVE MORE joyful learning.

The BIG BANG Coming in Student Testing

Prediction: Within five years in some countries (five to ten in others) open Internet access for information acquisition will be available on standardized tests. This access will significantly reduce the quantity of data designated for rote memorization.

It’s Smart to Sleep

The second best thing parents can do to promote brain health in children is to speak to them about healthy eating, exercise, and sleeping. The best thing parents can do is set healthy examples for children to follow.

Boost Your Children’s Test Success With "Neuro-Logical" Strategies

With the help of correlations from neuroscience research, you can use best brain practices, like evaluating similarities and differences, to help your children build the learning habits for durable memory and strong test taking skills. As these strengths grow they will sustain or restore positive attitudes about school and their own potentials.

Neuroscience Insights from Video Game & Drug Addiction

Video games are not the enemy of children’s successful and motivated learning, but rather a model for best strategies to apply to all learning. The same brain processes and neurochemicals that compel video gamers can be activated to increase children’s brains’ motivation to do homework with focus, reverse school negativity, & reignite their joy of learning.

Your Bad Teacher Experiences Can Make Your Child’s Teachers Better

The greatest school fear reported by students is being reprimanded for in front of classmates. Embarassment or negative attention reduces children’s learning potentials because their brains learn to avoid participation to reduce the risk of potential mistakes. Sharing your “bad teacher” experiences can help teachers avoid making those same mistakes.

Whose Children Will Get the Best Jobs in the 21st Century?

Until the educational system changes, parents can provide their children with opportunities to analyze information, use judgment, prioritize & develop goal-planning skills. Only children who build these neural networks will succeed at the best, most creative, and personally rewarding jobs available only for those who are prepared with 21st century skillsets.

Inoculate Against Boredom

Better than Botox for Frown Lines: For the first time in our history, for students in high school, it is now more likely that their parents will have graduated than it is that they will graduate.The number one reason students give for dropping out is boredom.

What Do They Call the Person Who Graduates Last in Medical School?

The answer is, "Doctor" but are you ready for a mediocre physician to do your brain surgery?