Posts Tagged ‘learning’

Mowat-Wilson Syndrome GOOD news!!!!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by admin

A new student who is 5 years old is making progress since starting Brainjogging!!! After only two weeks!!!  The parent says that they’ve definitely seen advancement!  As they were going through the letter flash exercises with him, he was very engaged and focused.  He repeated clearly the letters “f” “b” “I” and “a”!  He continues to say “up” and “out”, and his teacher stated he said “all done”!  He is watching their mouths more and you can see him trying to form his mouth correctly for certain sounds. His babbling has started sounding more like language, too!  One of the biggest surprises to his family, has been his engagement in his toys and environment, and not asking us for the television.  This is amazing progress considering Mowat-Wilson Syndrome is a genetic disorder that impairs cognitive development. Most children with Mowat-Wilson are non-verbal, however, our little superstar is making big strides with Brainjogging!!

Save Big $Bucks$ with a Library Card!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 by admin

According to Arianne Weldon of Get Georgia Reading, spoken vocabulary to young children predicts reading growth!  See Arianne Weldon’s chart below of a comparison between children from lower income with less vocabulary spoken to them versus middle income with greater vocabulary spoken to them in early years.


achievement gap

The reading gap increases every year between middle and lower income groups!


1. GET A LIBRARY CARD! Then download the One Click eAudio Reader app to listen to audiobooks from your local library FOR FREE!

2. Go to to get access to 8,000 free audiobooks!
School Name: Get Georgia Reading
Username: read
Password: read

What a great and cost-effective way to increase our children’s receptive vocabulary!

The Key To Success is NOT IQ! It’s this…

Monday, September 9th, 2013 by admin

In education, the one thing we know how to measure best is IQ, but what if there is more to your child’s success than his/her ability to learn quickly and easily?

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, from the University of Pennsylvania looked at who is successful and why. Researchers looked at West Pointe Military Academy cadets, National Spelling Bee participants, rookie teachers in tough neighborhoods, and private company salespeople to explore who had the most staying power; most advancement; highest sales performance; most likelihood to still be teaching after the school year and who will be most effective with learning outcomes.

One characteristic emerged as a predictor of success – GRIT! Grit means having a passion and perseverance for those long-term goals; having stamina; sticking with your future day in, day out, for years; and working really hard to making that future a reality; living life like a marathon instead of a sprint.

We need to help our children work through problems and solutions. Every issue they have is not, in fact, “Google”able. Teaching them to stop, think, draw on their prior knowledge, and stick with something to its end is the kind of teaching that lasts a lifetime.

Dr. Duckworth built upon another idea called “Growth Mindset,” developed at Stanford University by Dr. Carol Dweck. It is the belief that the ability to learn is not fixed; it can change with effort. When kids read and learn about the brain and how it changes and grows in response to challenge, they are more likely to persevere when they fail, because they recognize that failure is NOT a permanent condition. “Growth mindset is a great idea for building grit, but we need more,” says Dr. Duckworth. “We need to take our best ideas and strongest intuitions and we need to test them and measure whether we’ve been successful. We need to fail and start again. We need to be gritty about helping our kids get grittier.”

Video Games: Designed for Addiction!

Monday, August 5th, 2013 by admin

If you are a Brainjogger, you know NOT to play video games. Gaming undoes the positive effects of Brainjogging. But unlike other unhealthy bad habits, video games are specifically DESIGNED to be addictive, reports National Public Radio. “An unexpected reward has much more power than one that is regular in driving behavior,” head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Nora Volkow told NPR.
When individuals play video games, dopamine is released; this is the unexpected reward. Although there is no definitive research yet on what technologies inspire true addiction, there is evidence that people who play video games often do so for the neurochemical payoff — the good-feeling chemical dopamine. Volkow likens the behavior of avid gamers to that of Skinner’s rats. Remember? They pushed a lever and received food – randomly, but, nonetheless, they kept hitting the lever hoping for the reward.
Watch your child for things like affect, behavior problems, sleep issues, or other uncommon occurrences in your children when they have too much screen time. When staring at a computer screen, the eyes actually turn INWARD in order to look at a single object. Children can develop accommodative dysfunction; they may experience symptoms like eyestrain, temporarily blurred vision and/or headaches.
It’s simply NOT WORTH IT! Monitor your children. Determine time limits for technology. Remember that as their parents, you have a responsibility to keep your children safe from harm. Simply put, video games can be harmful!


Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 by admin

Stress! We are all feeling it…school, meetings, practices, game schedules, driving, volunteering, oh – and grocery shopping! When adults stress out, we look the part: growly-faced, short-tempered, and tense. Kids feel our stress and they experience their own level of stress at school. When we stress, internally or externally, we are unable to think effectively.

A study from the University of Wisconsin found that when we are under stress, our neurons are unable to hold key information that helps us think clearly, organize, prioritize or problem-solve. Stress does damage to our working memory. We essentially lose the function of our prefrontal cortex – that’s the conductor of our beautiful brain!

Under stress, our neurons become hectic, bouncing everywhere and paying attention to things that distract us. The really scary part is that stress doesn’t just suppress the activity; it MODIFIES the nature of the activity at the cellular level. When your child is asked to complete a math worksheet and (s)he has trouble remembering number facts, there is going to be a level of stress going into that activity that will alter how it is completed. It will take longer, it may look messier, and the order of sequential thinking so vital to mathematical concepts will be scattered. Additional classroom noises, smells, and activities also contribute to the stress reaction.

The very last part of this article states that “treatments that keep neurons on their self-stimulating task while shutting out distractions may help protect working memory.” Guess what? Brainjogging does just that – it keeps the neurons ON TASK and it helps tune out distractions. Keep working that Brainjogging treatment and watch how your child transforms into a happier, more confident and relaxed individual – ready to take on the world!