Child1st Publications | Brain & Learning


Twelve Days of Christmas: How an Old Game Improves Brain Function

It is that time of the year when you have most likely heard Christmas songs played everywhere. Since we are focusing on counting this December, with the release of the updated I Can Sing from 1 to 10, there is one Christmas song in particular that I have been thinking about: “The 12 Days of Christmas.” This song has its roots in a simple childhood game that has the power to significantly improve brain function! Let's take a look at how memory games impact the brain.   What are the 12 Days of Christmas The history of this song can be traced back to the early 17th century, where French children sang a version called, “In Those Twelve Days.” It...

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How Gratitude Helps Your Brain

There are many health benefits attributed to gratitude due to its chemical effects on the brain.  Positive thinking increases serotonin and dopamine while decreasing cortisol.  Being in the habit of positive thinking helps you see more positives in your daily life.

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The SnapWords® System and Neurodiversity

How the SnapWords® System Answers the Neurodiversity of Children Because we desire to meet the needs of children in school with equity, our mission is to provide resources that empower children to learn from their own strengths. In a recent blog, On Honoring the Neurodiversity of Children, I talked about the fact that children ARE neurodiverse, and that when we honor the differences in their natural wiring, learning becomes so much easier. In this blog, I want to show you what resources look like that are created to meet the needs of children all across The Learning Spectrum. The resources I am highlighting are ones that have been used with thousands of children and have a track record of providing equity in...

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