Welcome to the ‘Facts’ Category

Learning & Emotions

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Research proves that it is crucial to the learning process for students to feel comfortable and safe. If they are enthusiastic and feel positive, they will learn. If the conditions are negative and the learner does not feel safe, learning will not take place. How students feel influences the amount of attention they devote to their learning. The optimum learning state is when the student feels relaxed and safe in their home, class and school. Feeling threatened or anxious will… read more »

Did You Know?

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

During an infants first year, the human brain triples in weight. By their first birthday, 50% of all lifelong learning is complete and by their second birthday, 75% of all lifelong learning is complete.

And by their third birthday the quality of family bonding has hard wired the child’s brain for peace or pathology.

How to Feed the Brain

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Over my thirty years in pediatric practice, I have noticed a striking connection between how children are fed and how healthy they are. Mothers who consistently don’t allow any unhealthy food to pollute the minds and bodies of their children seem to have healthier children. I have noticed that these children are sick less often and when they do come for periodic checkups they seem more settled and better behaved. These “pure children” seem to get tagged with fewer labels,… read more »

The Adolescent Brain

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

New research shows for the first time that during adolescence the brain grows and changes at an increased rate. Dr. Jay Giedd, who led this research, believes that what teens do during their adolescent years — whether it’s playing sports or playing video games — can affect how their brains develop. It’s also a particularly cruel irony of nature, I think, that right at this time when the brain is most vulnerable is also the time when teens are most… read more »

Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children’s Learning and Development

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

HARVARD BRAIN RESEARCH: Ensuring that young children have safe, secure environments in which to grow, learn, and develop healthy brains and bodies is not only good for the children themselves but also builds a strong foundation for a thriving, prosperous society. Science shows that early exposure to circumstances that produce persistent fear and chronic anxiety can have lifelong consequences by disrupting the developing architecture of the brain. Unfortunately, many young children are exposed to such circumstances. This report from the… read more »