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What We Want Kids to Know About How the Brain Learns

brain smallIf on occasion, you become concerned about how your child handles stressful learning situations, read this insightful article, Daydreaming is Good for You, and Other Things I Want Kids to Know About their Brains. The writer describes a range of brain capabilities, explaining how they can support young learners. Growing children need to understand how these basic neurological brain features can help them become stronger, confident, and more effective learners.  

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In her Washington Post column, education journalist, Deborah Farmer Kris, tells readers that she has learned much about the brain through her professional work,  She outlines these brain attributes succinctly using easy-to-understand language.

The author’s aim is to help children, preteens, adolescents, and their parents understand that when challenging learning problems arise, the brain has capabilities that can help an individual resolve, or at least make sense of a situation.

This is an article that should be posted in a prominent place — a refrigerator or bulletin board, perhaps — where it can remind young emerging learners about how to understand and manage the capabilities of their brains.

In the connected world, where almost everyone seeks a digital solution for every problem, it is useful for 21st Century kids and parents to remember that the human brain is programmed to offer powerful, yet common-sense, learning support.


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