Category Archives: Stimulating Education

Learn Geography – Best Apps for Children

Learn Geography with Our Picks for the Best Children's Apps!

Here's a list of the best apps for children to learn geography. Children learn the continents, countries, states and more!

World Continents and Oceans - A Montessori Approach To Geography - learn geography

World Continents and Oceans - A Montessori Approach To Geography Learn the names and locations of all the world continents and oceans with this simple, yet, effective method! A knowledge of Montessori is not required to use this app. It's designed for everyone!

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Learning Science – Best Apps for Children

Learning Science is Fun and Entertaining with These Apps!

Here's a list of the best children's apps for learning science. Children explore science concepts, engage in mini projects, learn about our solar system, learn about classification the elements and more!

Piiig Labs: Science Experiments for Kids - learning science

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Learning Biology – Best Apps for Children

With These Great Apps, Learning Biology is Fun and Entertaining

Here's a list of the best children's apps for learning biology. Children learn all about parts of the human body, the names and characteristics of animals, the parts of plants, the cycle of an animal's life and more!

Parts of the Human Body - learning biology

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How Can My Child Learn Once We Join the Program?

By Brad Davis, President of Mercury Learning Systems LLC

I wanted to take a few minutes to explain how our accelerated learning program works and also show you the materials.

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Homeopathic Solutions for Learning

We have been using homeopathic solutions with our children ever since they were babies. The following is some information for those interested in an alternative way to help your child focus, concentrate and become calm especially when faced with the stress of school and learning.

A Little History First

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Perfect Memory in Education

Many of us wish we had a better memory enabling us to learn faster. This post discusses how perfect memory works.

What is Perfect Memory?

Our right brain's mass memory capacity stores all we experience through our five senses including inspirations from other sources. Strong connections between our right and left brain functions enable access this massive storehouse then bring genius-like ideas, inventions and practical solutions into the world. This right/left interchange in the brain is the way we experience perfect memory.

Here's an example: Remember The Minority Report with Tom Cruise? In the movie, three children with the gift of premonition (a "subconscious" right brain function), projected images of the future into a screen. Cruise, using his advanced left brain "conscious" abilities, was able to organize those images into a logical sequence of events. This right/left brain subconscious/conscious interchange led to the location and arrest of a future perpetrator in a crime.

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Right Brain Learning Enhances Child’s Education

Right brain learning expert Dr. Makoto Shichida

Right brain learning was developed in Japan, where Dr. Makoto Shichida made popular what became known as "Right Brain Education". On any given day in his 400+ Shichida Child Academies you'll find dozens of children developing remarkable abilities like remembering up to 1,000 objects in sequential order, instantly solving complex math equations, and flipping through a 500 page book then scoring highly on a comprehension test.

Games and exercises that are targeted for right brain stimulation are often simple to play. They can quickly help increase a child's creativity, rapid thought processes, concentration and memory, as well as help develop musical aptitude, intuition and more.

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Learning Environment for Children

Montessori learning environment

We feel the learning environment that best illustrates a positive atmosphere for instruction and study is a properly equipped Montessori classroom. Not only do they have correctly proportioned furniture, they use some of the best hands-on equipment and lessons for children of any school we've seen. This is a picture of a typical Montessori classroom.

Ideas for Your Learning Environment

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Perfect Pitch Training for Children

girl meditating on perfect pitch

Those with perfect pitch have developed right/left brain connections that allow them to sing, play or identify any musical note from memory without a reference. Babies who receive perfect pitch stimulation training will, when older, often be able to quickly pick up and master singing or playing musical instruments.

Have you ever heard a melody playing in your head like a recording? Some have the ability to transfer a melody to almost any musical instrument with relative ease.

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Intuition and Accelerated Learning

Most of us experience intuition from time to time. These are higher thought processes that come through right brain subconscious mind to our conscious left brain awareness. Using proper methods to stimulate and strengthen the connections between these functions makes cognitive learning much faster and easier. We can tap into higher knowledge, make amazing discoveries or even create inventions that transcend our personal experience and know-how.

Intuition is that still small voice of conscience tells us the right thing to do in a given situation. Some say it's our soul. Others claim it's our higher self or the voice of reason. Sadly, many don't have this connection and therefore are prone to act through lower forms of thought known as the reptilian brain. With these, intuitive learning concepts don't come naturally and they aren't concerned or remorseful when doing wrong to others because they don't have a conscience telling them right from wrong. You often see people like this involved in terrorist or gang activities.

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Mind Mapping Helps Children Learn More

Mind mapping helps children organize their thoughts and greatly simplify what they learn. There are several ways to approach this way of accelerated education. We will be discussing the most popular version taught by Tony Buzan, who, arguably, originated mind mapping.

Mind mapping allows anyone of nearly any age to record an idea, help brainstorm and problem solve, even take notes during class. It's very visual, organic, colorful and creative. And it's a fantastic way to keep from getting bored during class because students are engaging the creative (right) and logical (left) parts of their brain while making one. This action keeps children more alert and will help them learn more and easily retain a lot more information in a short amount of time.

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Olfactory Stimulation of Your Child

some olfactory senses can be a distraction to learning

Olfactory stimulation can change our brain waves and mood in powerful ways. Certain types of stimulation like food smells tend to influence our thoughts in ways that are not conducive to learning. Chemical smells from air fresheners, perfume, and even some essential oils can also be distracting to the point where they inhibit our brain's ability to concentrate properly for learning.

Olfactory Stimulation Forms Powerful Memories

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Tactile Stimulation for Teaching

Tactile stimulation can be beneficial to children's learning or it can become a hindrance if not utilized properly in the environment.

When looking around your children's classroom, for example, furniture and other objects can produce conscious or subconscious feelings that can affect their ability to concentrate or learn. These feelings can arise by handling or by simply looking or thinking about them.

A Personal Story of Negative Tactile Stimulation

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Stimulating Visual Pathways

Color Used in Stimulating Visual Pathways

Colors can also play an important role in stimulating visual pathways. For example, pastel colors are more soothing and relaxing than strong bright ones. Pastels help children enter into the best state of mind for learning. Below are some examples showing what some experts call the "positive expressions of color". You may find this interesting!

Blue: Power, will, faith, protection, courage.

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Visual Stimulation in Learning

Visual Stimulation Helps Shape Our Child's Mind in Powerful Ways

Your child needs proper visual stimulation

When considering how we learn through visual stimulation, science tells us the neurons that handle visual processing make up about 30% of the brain's cortex - more than double that of hearing and touch combined. I believe what we take in through our eyes to be the most influential of all our senses. Through visual processing, our brain stores both negative and positive impressions at conscious and subconscious levels. These imprints can have a profound influence on the way we think and learn.

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Sensory Stimulation Effects Your Child’s Learning

Studies by experts in child development show that different types of sensory stimulation in their environment can have an impact on your children's ability to learn.

What Types of Sensory Stimulation Block a Child's Ability to Learn?

Consider this scenario: The TV's blasting a rock video. We see toys and clothes, half-empty potato chip bags and pop bottles scattered around the room - there's clutter everywhere. From the kitchen, you catch the whiff of burnt toast. In the bedroom you hear parents arguing and there's hitting and throwing.

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Montessori Education: Revolution in Learning

by Rosalinda Siciliano, Certified Montessori Education Teacher

Maria Montessori's learning methods became one of the most revolutionary and profoundly positive influences on the development of children that the world has ever seen.

Her Early Life

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Learning Reading at an Early Age

Learning Reading Starts with Phonemic Awareness

Learning reading

Early reading specialist, Randall Klein discovered an important key to teaching children who are learning reading at an early age. He calls it phonemic awareness and says it all starts with isolating the beginning sounds of words. For example, when we consider the word /gold/, we find it’s made up of four distinct and separate phonetic sounds: /g/…/o/…/l/…/d/. For children to understand written and spoken language, they need to be able to recognize each letter sound. Mr. Klein tells us the first thing you need to do is teach your child to recognize and pronounce the beginning sounds of words (like the /g/ in /gold/) in order to truly learn how to read. Read the post by Mr. Klein and see his special learning to read product.

Click here to download a learning to read game for your child based on Mr. Klein’s research.

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