Tag: Learning

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  • Want to slow the summer learning slide? Read read read.

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    After the graduation caps have been thrown in the air, school picnics held, and final report cards mailed, families greet the summer months with a similar question: what do we do with our kids?

    Many are eager for the unstructured time... 

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  • How to Slow the Summer Slide and Enjoy Time With Your Kids

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    School is out for the summer and kids are finding themselves with a lot more time on their hands. So far my grandchildren are having no trouble filling that time up. Last week I watched them jump in and out of the kiddy pool in our backyard, covered in watermelon and grass, before racing off to finish building a "pig pen"... 

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  • The Brain Benefits of Being Bilingual

    A young woman approached me after a recent parenting seminar. “Hello, Dr. Walsh, my name is Isabela,” she began. “Can I ask you a question about my daughter?”

    “Sure,” I responded.

    “My family is from Guatemala. My mother lives with us and takes care of my baby daughter Flor while we are at work. Since my mother cannot speak English, my... 

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  • Little Known Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolution Stick

    For some of us, New Year’s resolutions can feel like just the thing that we need to make the changes we’ve been putting off. Yet sometimes the feelings of optimism and determination don’t last through the first few weeks of January. Many lofty New Year’s resolutions simply become pesky reminders of our failure to follow through.

    Does that mean that resolutions... 

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  • Video Games and Learning

    I have written my fair share of articles about the negative impact of violent, hypersexualized video games on kids. One of the basic premises of my argument has always been that video games are incredible teachers. In the case of first person shooter games, one of the primary lessons is violence. But of course what video games teach... 

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  • Cell Phone Rules: Getting to Know Your Child's "Contacts"

    In your book you say parents of preteen children, as is our case, should know their friends and parents. We agree fully. We have decided that we would like to limit our 12 year old daughter's cell phone contacts to friends we know/parents we know. This would require us to remove most of her contacts from her ALLOW list. Is this an appropriate approach as my concern is not... 

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  • Children and Sleep: Tired Brains Suffer in School

    Hello! Is there any research that shows a time of day for learning, retention of information, and developing skills that is better than others? Are there certain groups of people that do better at certain times of the day or does it depend more so on the individual?

    At this facility, our morning classes are starting earlier and earlier. Over the past... 

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