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  • 07
    Feb 2014
    Snow Day Activities

    Curious about what to do with your toddler when you are snowed in? Here is a few ideas to help keep them engaged when the next blizzard hits. Go outside! build a snowman or go sledding the more activity you do earlier in the day means potential nap time in the afternoon. Build a reading […]



  • 29
    Jan 2014
    The Wonders of Kale

    If you have been considering adding more greens to your diet kale has been found to have significant cancer risk reducing benefits to at least five different types of cancer these types include breast, colon, bladder, ovary and prostate. Kale can also provide special cholesterol lowering benefits if you cook it by steaming as well […]



  • 27
    Jan 2014
    Early Exposure to Music helps Brain Development

      A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that early music lessons significantly help the development of the brain. The effects were in areas of the brain that help you plan and carry out movement. In a study done by neuroscientist Gordon Shaw, the research found preschooler that took music lessons did better […]


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Snow Day Activities

Curious about what to do with your toddler when you are snowed in? Here is a few ideas to help keep them engaged when the next blizzard hits.

Go outside! build a snowman or go sledding the more activity you do earlier in the day means potential nap time in the afternoon.

Build a reading fort! Pile some blankets and pillows and read your favorite stories together.

Bake something together! There is nothing better on a cold day than fresh baked something! Let your child help, It’s a good opportunity to teach them basic measurements and could be a fun sensory activity as well.

Arts and crafts are a fun indoor activity but you could also utilize things you find outdoors such as acorns, pine cones or pine needles.

Watch a movie together! Get everyone together and put on one of your favorite childhood movies.

Here is a link to things going on in Cambridge for those non snow days.shutterstock_45893026-e1294410201816

The Wonders of Kale

If you have been considering adding more greens to your diet kale has been found to have significant cancer risk reducing benefits to at least five different types of cancer these types include breast, colon, bladder, ovary and prostate. Kale can also provide special cholesterol lowering benefits if you cook it by steaming as well as providing support to the body’s detoxification system. New research has shown that the ITCs made from kale’s glucosinolates can help regulate detox at a genetic level.

You’ll want to include kale as one of the vegetables you eat regularly if you want to receive the wonderful health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family. At a minimum, include kale as part of your diet 2-3 times per week. Try this recipe to add a little more kale to your life. 2 kale leaves, 2 celery ribs, 3 carrots and one apple wash and cut each vegetable and feed through  juicer or mix in a blender.h-KALE-960x540 asuliablog-blog-kale-a-look-into-the-leaves1

Early Exposure to Music helps Brain Development

 

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A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that early music lessons significantly help the development of the brain. The effects were in areas of the brain that help you plan and carry out movement. In a study done by neuroscientist Gordon Shaw, the research found preschooler that took music lessons did better at spatial and temporal reasoning than those who took computer lessons. Many of us are familiar with the Mozart effect which was misinterpreted to suggest listening to Mozart would make your infant smarter. Since classical music tends to be more complex in harmony and structure it can boost cognitive development, according to Dr. Diane Bales any kind of music builds musical pathways to the brain. It’s the complexity of music itself that offers brain-building benefits.

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“Math and Music” program helps 2 dozen kids

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From Penn Live:

About two dozen children learned about fractions and other basic math skills through music as part of an eight-week pilot program this summer at the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church on Derry Street. “Math Through Music” was launched as a joint effort between a number of area pastors.

The effort was the brainchild of Rev. C. Wayne Baxter – a pastor and choir director at Faith Chapel Church of God in Christ on Edgemont Road – who had watched Harrisburg’s students struggle over the years.

Baxter believed that math skills could be taught through music. After doing some research, he discovered such a program already in use in a San Francisco-area school. Students there were tested, then took a math and music course. When tested again, they saw their math scores improve by about 50 percent.

New music program delights kids in elementary school

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From ABC Newspapers:

Screams of joy this summer often arise from room 305 at Woodcrest Elementary School.

And so do the low, thumping sounds of a bass drum with an intermittent jangling of bells.

Monday mornings about 10 infants through age six gather for Jammin’ with Ms. Jessica as part of Spring Lake Park District 16’s Early Childhood Family Education summer programs. The children dance, sing and play rhythm instruments.

This is the first year the class has been offered and from the looks and sounds emanating from the toddlers, the start of a tradition may very well have been born.

“FunikiJam” Music program helps improve kids’ developmental skills

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From FOX News:

“Funiki is a Japanese word, which translates into music; jam in the Indonesian culture means time – so we took two words from two different cultures and put them together to mean music time around the world,” said Brian Barrentine, founder of FunikiJam and professor of early childhood arts at New York University.

Families who come to New York from different countries spanning the globe have found their way to the FunikiJam program, discovering a way to connect through music, according to Barrentine.

Study finds musical interaction cultivates empathy in children

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From Raw Story:

“What is special about musical interaction is that it relies on a remarkably rich and intense blend of social, cognitive and emotional skills that appear to be also important for emotional empathy (e.g. imitation, entrainment, unarticulated communication, etc.),” Rabinowitch explained. “We believe that this is not mere chance, but that it is the product of what we hypothesize to have been a co-evolution of music and social structure. This being said, there are of course other forms of interaction that may also positively impact empathy, but music seems to stand out.”

Study: Want Kids to Eat Healthier? Don’t Tell Them, Show Them

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From Science Daily:

If given the choice between eating a salad loaded with veggies or a burger and fries most kids, and for that matter most adults, would likely pick the less healthful option. But instead of telling kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, Iowa State University researchers found the trick may be to convince them visually.

Laura Smarandescu, an assistant professor of marketing, and Brian Mennecke, an associate professor of information systems, did just that using a digital display featuring a rotating image of a salad along with menu information. They found salad consumption among kids increased as much as 90 percent when a digital display showed a rotating image of the salad. The results are from a field study conducted in July at the YMCA of Greater Des Moines camp in Boone. The camp is for children with diabetes, ages 6-12.





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