When it comes to school recess, a quality playground experience matters, researchers suggest

Recess periods can offer physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits to elementary school children, but those benefits are tied closely to the quality of the playground experience.

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NeuroNet Success Stories: KidSense Therapy

Marcia Washington, OTR/L, has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy for more than 10 years. She is the owner of KidSense Therapy, a sensory clinic providing occupational therapy for children birth to age 18 years in Pontotoc, Mississippi. We recently had the chance to catch up with Marcia and ask her about her experience using NeuroNet programs in her therapy practice:  Continue reading “NeuroNet Success Stories: KidSense Therapy”

Changing students’ attitudes to mathematics improves test scores

Study shows for first time that a free, online course can change students’ mindsets towards their mathematical abilities, leading to increased academic achievement Continue reading “Changing students’ attitudes to mathematics improves test scores”

NeuroNet Goes to China!

We recently travelled to China to see how schools in Beijing are using NeuroNet, as well as to share the science behind NeuroNet with parents and teachers in Shanghai.

These 4-year-old students at DePan Education Center in Beijing loved having Nancy practice with them.

We loved watching these 3-year-old students during their NeuroNet practice! Just 20 minutes a day provides structured practice for preschoolers to develop the learning sequence of “watch and listen, then think and do.”

While in Beijing, we had time to visit Tienamen Square, The Emperor’s Palace, and the Great Wall.  It was impressive to think of the years of history represented here.

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As we left the Great Wall at 7 pm, I thought of my family and friends in the US where the sun was just coming up for them at 7 am.  We all share the same sun!
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We climbed the steps of the Great Wall and took this picture overlooking the Great Wall from a window in one of the guard towers.  NeuroNet_Learning

The next day, we were invited to present the NeuroNet Program to the 21st Century International school, and then to tour their school.  At the entrance, the school’s mission statement and pictures of staff let parents know the purpose and people of the school. 

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The children practice good habits daily: brushing their teeth, washing their faces, and eating healthy snacks. They take their shoes on and off many times and change into their pajamas for nap. All good for a child’s knowledge of their personal body space, along with the development of good habits.

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Also while in Beijing, we enjoyed MANY delicious dishes of local cuisine. If it was cooked or peeled, I ate it!  What an amazing adventure.

In Shanghai, we  introduced the science behind NeuroNet Learning to over 100 teachers, administrators, and parents at WuNan Kindergarten.  Located right across from the American Embassy in Shanghai, WuNan is a public school and international school combined.

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WuNan has an amazing collection of resources: a child size kitchen to learn cooking, a small swimming pool for water play, an indoor gym, and a science room with microscopes and other equipment.

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Teachers at WuNan Kindergarten use the SAW Teaching Model — Science, Art, Writing. The children make a science picture, then make an art picture based on the science, then they write something about the science.

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It was amazing experience to watch NeuroNet in action at the DePan Education Center and the 21st Century School in Beijing. And it was an amazing honor to share the science behind NeuroNet with parents, teachers, and administrators at the WuNan Kindergarten and the Kiddie Winkie Montessori School in Shanghai. We are grateful for our friends and staff who made this trip possible!

Want to learn more about NeuroNet for your PreK to Grade 2 classroom? Click here to request an online demo today!

 

Curiosity is key to early childhood success in math and reading

Curious children are better able to grasp basic math and reading, according to a new study investigating a possible link between curiosity and early academic success among young children. Continue reading “Curiosity is key to early childhood success in math and reading”

Screen children with reading difficulties more thoroughly for hearing problems, says new report

Children with reading difficulties should be more thoroughly screened for hearing problems, a new report by Coventry University academics has said. Continue reading “Screen children with reading difficulties more thoroughly for hearing problems, says new report”

Before-school physical activity program helps improve body weight and overall wellness

Children participating in a 12-week, before-school physical activity program experienced improvement in body weight and social/emotional wellness, compared with their classmates who did not participate.  Continue reading “Before-school physical activity program helps improve body weight and overall wellness”

Lessons in nature boost classroom engagement afterward, researchers report

Third-graders who spend a class session in a natural outdoor setting are more engaged and less distracted in their regular classroom afterward than when they remain indoors, scientists found in a new study.

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China’s scholastic success could begin with storybooks, research suggests

The lessons from childhood storybooks are decidedly different in China and the United States, and align with the lessons the respective countries impart in the classroom, UC Riverside research finds.

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