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September, 2010

Kids, exercise, and brain power . . .

The evidence for including physical activity in a school’s curriculum is accumulating as research links students’ cognitive performance with markers of physical fitness, such as aerobic capacity and body mass index. Rather than cutting back on recess time, encouraging kids to exercise seems to help them tap more of their academic potential. Research continues to …Continue reading

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Floor time . . .

“Floor time” does not have to occur on the floor. Floor time simply refers to time spent interacting with your child on his or her own turf, where your child’s interests, resourcefulness, and thoughts are considered. When you play on a level that is eye to eye, which is often on the floor, you generate …Continue reading

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Unfinished business . . .

Your little miracle is born with a brain that is still in the process of developing, and you get to play a major role in nurturing that development. Here’s why . . . At birth, your child’s brain is actually unfinished—particularly the higher brain, which is the newest part of the brain. Part of the …Continue reading

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Early tasting experiences . . .

Taste preferences are amazingly adaptable. Other than our innate preferences for sweet and salty tastes, almost all other aspects of what we do and don’t like to eat seems to be the result of experience. Nurture plays a larger role than nature when it comes to food preferences. Early childhood is, therefore, a significant developmental …Continue reading

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