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Bonnie L. Grant, in her article on gardeningknowhow.com, writes: “Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potentials.” And the book Growing With Nature: Supporting Whole Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms, describes…

From the moment you’re expecting your first child, you are bombarded with messages about the importance of reading. For good reason: The benefits of reading at every stage of a child’s development are well documented. Happily, raising a reader is fun, rewarding and relatively easy. Start Them Early. FIRST, REACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH READING If you’ve…

“If we let our youngest kids get too attached to those mesmerizing devices, they may have a hard time growing attached to each other later,” observed Sherry Turkle in her article, “Once Upon a Screen,” in The Science of You: The Factors That Shape Your Personality (New York: Time Books, 2013). She explained… “We are embarking on…

Redshirting, in its most straight-forward definition, is the act of holding a student back a year to give them a competitive edge. A practice, once only used in college sports to give players an extra year of eligibility and growth, has now become a common discussion when it comes to kindergarten. Kindergarten redshirting is a…

Let Them Eat Dirt By B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta If you read about children’s health, you’ve heard a lot of this before: Microbes, vilified because they cause infectious diseases, can be beneficial to a child’s well-being. Our society’s penchant for hyper-cleanliness is actually making our children less healthy and more prone to allergies….

From books, arts and sports classes to iPads and television, many parents do everything in their power to entertain and educate their children. But what would happen if children were just left to be bored from time to time? How would it affect their development? I began to think about boredom and children when I…

Here are some tips to help your toddler develop intellectually, and make him grow smart: This is the golden age of exploration for your child. Your role at this stage is to be a participant or observer, a provider of toys, and a provider of praise for your child’s good performance. Play reinforces the mind-body…

Why do we humans like to play so much? Play sports, play tag, play the stock market, play duck, duck, goose? We love it all. And we’re not the only ones. Dogs, cats, bears, even birds seem to like to play. What are we all doing? Is there a point to it all? The scientist…

Editor’s note: Erika Christakis, MEd, MPH, is an early childhood teacher and former preschool director. Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine and sociology at Harvard University. Together, they serve as Masters of Pforzheimer House, one of the undergraduate residential houses at Harvard College. (CNN) — Every day where we work, we see…

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