why writing by hand makes kids smarter

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Writing by hand creates much more activity in the sensorimotor parts of the brain, researchers found

October 1, 2020 / Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Summary:New brain research shows that writing by hand helps children learn more and remember better. At the same time, schools are going more and more digital, and a European survey shows that Norwegian children spend the most time online of 19 countries in the EU.

Professor Audrey van der Meer at NTNU believes that national guidelines should be put into place to ensure that children receive at least a minimum of handwriting training.

Results from several studies have shown that both children and adults learn more and remember better when writing by hand.

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95% of U.S. baby foods contain toxic metals. Here’s what parents should know.

“On the spectrum from worry to action, parents can choose to act,” a new report states.

  • A new investigation tested 168 baby food products for arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, all of which are toxic metals that can damage brain development in infants.
  • Nearly all of the foods tested contained at least one of the metals, and 1 in 4 contained all four metals.
  • The authors of the report recommended five steps for finding alternative baby foods with less toxins.

Almost all of the baby food products tested in a new investigation contained traces of toxic heavy metals that can damage brain development in infants.

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How “thinking about thinking” can help children in school and in life

In simple terms, metacognitive thinking teaches us about ourselves. According to Tamara Rosier, a learning coach who specializes in metacognitive techniques, thinking about our thinking creates a perspective that allows us to adapt and change to what the situation needs.

A simple example of metacognitive thinking (or reframing) is this:

“Math tests make me anxious.” This is a statement, a thought. Turning to metacognition, this train of thought evolves into “What about math tests make me anxious…and what can do I to change that?”

According to Rosier, children who are taught to think of themselves as being either “good” or “bad” at a particular task can end up with a fixed mindset that makes them passive in approaching a challenge relating to that task. However, teaching kids to become more metacognitive helps them develop a mindset that leaves more room for growth and adaptation, promoting self-awareness and resilience.

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Parents’ brains sync up when caring for children together

New research suggests parenthood helps couples tune into each other’s minds and emotional states.

  • Far from being a mental drain, parenthood seems to rewire gray matter for improved empathy and emotional regulation.
  • A recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports found that couples who co-parent together display similar brain activity, suggesting they become greatly attuned to each other.
  • These findings suggest time spent parenting together improves care, coordination, and empathy.

When they say parenting changes you, what follows is typically a refrain of ways the wee one will break you. Consider “mommy brain,” the folk psychology that having a baby decays a woman’s mind to flighty, forgetful, scatterbrained mush.

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Meditação para crianças e seus benefícios para a vida

 

A meditação para crianças é uma técnica que auxilia os pequenos a lidarem com situações que promovam estresse, falta de paciência e desequilíbrios emocionais. Não se engane! Esses comportamentos não impactam apenas os adultos. Pais, educadores e estudiosos afirmam que as crianças também precisam de métodos que os ajudam a desenvolver resiliência.

Leia neste artigo como os treinos para lidar com situações que exijam autocontrole podem colaborar para o desenvolvimento na infância, como eles vêm crescendo nas escolas, os principais benefícios identificados e dicas de como aplicar.

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