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Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. Tags: the strategist reading lists good for moms good for dads kids and babies More. The Allswell Mattress. Avocado Green Mattress. Bear Mattress. Birch by Helix Mattress. But what makes children — from babies up through the teen years — smarter? Plain and simple: research show music lessons make kids smarter :.
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Compared with children in the control groups, children in the music groups exhibited greater increases in full-scale IQ. The effect was relatively small, but it generalized across IQ subtests, index scores, and a standardized measure of academic achievement. In fact musical training helps everyone , young and old :. A growing body of research finds musical training gives students learning advantages in the classroom.
Now a Northwestern University study finds musical training can benefit Grandma, too, by offsetting some of the deleterious effects of aging. More on what the music you love says about you here. Dumb jocks are dumb because they spend more time on the field than in the library. But what if you make sure your child devotes time to both?
Being in good shape increases your ability to learn. Indeed, in a study of humans, German researchers found that people learn vocabulary words 20 percent faster following exercise than they did before exercise, and that the rate of learning correlated directly with levels of BDNF. In his study, Small put a group of volunteers on a three-month exercise regimen and then took pictures of their brains… What he saw was that the capillary volume in the memory area of the hippocampus increased by 30 percent, a truly remarkable change.
More on how exercise can make you and your kids smarter and happier here. Got a little one who is learning to read?
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Call attention to the words. Read with them, not to them. Research shows it helps build their reading skills:. More on things most parents do wrong here. Via NurtureShock :. Certainly, these are averages, but the consistency of the two studies stands out.
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Every fifteen minutes counts. More on how to sleep better here. Self-discipline beats IQ at predicting who will be successful in life. Dozens of studies show that willpower is the single most important keystone habit for individual success… Students who exerted high levels of willpower were more likely to earn higher grades in their classes and gain admission into more selective schools.
They had fewer absences and spent less time watching television and more hours on homework. Self-discipline also predicted which students would improve their grades over the course of the school year, whereas IQ did not. Grades have more to do with conscientiousness than raw smarts.
What intrigues Roberts about conscientiousness is that it predicts so many outcomes that go far beyond the workplace. People high in conscientiousness get better grades in school and college; they commit fewer crimes; and they stay married longer. They live longer — and not just because they smoke and drink less. Who does best in life? Kids with grit. I consider myself healthy and this gives me an advantage in learning.
I try to do the same for my kids. I buy fruits from the supermarket weekly for us to partake during supper. Know who teaches them. If it takes a village to raise a child, part of that village is the school. It is important to make sure that your child is getting the support he needs in school. Find out if the teachers and administrators are doing their roles appropriately. Remember to have fun.
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