Learn Something New Everyday: Cognitive March Madness

March 22, 2015

We’ve had an exciting week on this blog, with a team of bloggers joining me in our drive to “learn something new everyday.” Can you imagine if the energy and money that went into sports commentary were put towards educational programs, or if we had a 24-hour cable network with the pizzazz of ESPN devoted to the issues parents cope with in raising kids? In case you missed it, here’s a recap of what we’ve featured this week.   1. Benefits of Music for Children with Attention Issues This well-received post was written by Nicole Davies with follow-up commentary by a Mindprint Learning educator with years of experience teaching special education.       2. All Aboard: How to Raise a… Read More

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It’s Time for Parents to Change the Conversation…

March 20, 2015

We end this week’s blog series with a post from Nancy Weinstein, founder of Mindprint Learning and a mother of two. As parents we really need to stop saying: the teacher, the curriculum, the lesson, or the test is bad. Really, we’ve just got to stop. The reality is that most teachers are highly competent. Most curricula are well-vetted and well-written. Most administrators put a lot of care into selecting the materials they believe will work best for their students. So don’t immediately assume the worst of our educators. Instead, consider starting with the assumption that the instruction is probably fine, but for whatever reason it is not working well for your child. Believe me, I’m not suggesting that you allow your child… Read More

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Not your Typical College Day: Transform this Camaro

March 19, 2015

Kaylie Crosby is the project manager overseeing a team of 134. Using the special technology of the auto industry, VDP (Vehicle Development Process) she and her team of engineers are working on making a Chevrolet Camaro more fuel-efficient while “retaining the vehicle’s performance, safety, and consumer appeal.” Kaylie’s a fourth year student at the University of Alabama. Yes, she’s still in college. While some of the work on this multimillion-dollar project is integrated into course work, the large majority of it is in addition to her studies in the University of Alabama’s 5-year STEM path to the MBA program. I spoke with her on the phone a few days ago to learn more about what this mechanical engineer and her classmates are… Read More

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All Aboard: How to Raise a Wild Child with Dr. Scott

March 18, 2015

Today, we have a Q&A with a man some of you may know best as Dr. Scott from the PBS show, Dinosaur Train. His full name is Scott D. Sampson and he’s got a new book out this month: How to Raise a Wild Child, the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature.  As a father, he gives practical advice on how to get back to nature with your kids. And as a scientist, he explains why it’s essential.  What Inspired you to write How to Raise a Wild Child? Why this book at this moment? Inspiration came from a pair of compelling insights. First, the present disconnect between kids and nature threatens the health of children. The average North… Read More

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Benefits of Music for Children with Attention Issues

March 17, 2015

Today, we are pleased to post a guest blog, written by Australian based writer, Nicole Davies. Benefits of Music for Children with Attention Issues Parents of children with weaker attention skills should be aware that there are several methods extending beyond traditional treatments that can be used to complement medication and counseling. One of them is music. Confirmed by multiple research studies to play a significant role in cognitive development, music can be used to help children process their feelings and organize their thought patterns and activities. Read on to learn more about the most important benefits of music for children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or ADHD.   Music stimulates the brain ‘Nothing activates the brain so extensively… Read More

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