Explanation Effect: Why You Should Always Teach What You Learn

“I don’t know what I think until I write it down.” ― Joan Didion

It is peculiar irony in life that the fastest and best way to learn something is to give it to others as soon as you learn it — not to hog it yourself. Knowledge wants to be free. To rest in other people’s minds. To connect to other knowledge. It’s an innately social organism. Therefore, teaching is knowledge’s oxygen.

Read more on Accelerated Intelligence

New Study: The More you Hug your Kids, the More Their Brains Develop

To borrow a phrase: love works in mysterious ways. We are born to love and, as it turns out, love and affection are necessary for both optimal positive emotional and physical development. And to be honest, nothing feels better than giving your loved one a warm embrace –or being on the receiving end.

Read more at Daily Health Post

Montessori Had It Right: We Learn By Doing

Most four- and five-year-olds can sing the alphabet song and print their names, but few can actually read. So, what does it take to push these kids to accomplish this cognitive milestone? A majority of parents and teachers alike think the answer to this question is lots of practice naming letters and sounds out loud. But, reading practice isn’t the whole story or perhaps even the most important part. Practice printing letters turns out to be imperative to reading success. When the body figures out how to write letters, the mind follows suit in terms of being able to recognize them.

Case in point, a few years ago, neuroscientist Karen James found that preschool children who took part in a one-month long reading program where they practiced printing words improved more in their letter recognition than kids who did the same reading program but practiced naming (rather than writing) the words instead. Letter recognition isn’t enhanced as much by reading letters as it is by printing them.

Learn more about James’s research at Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/choke/201304/montessori-had-it-right-we-learn-doing

Upcoming Primary Events

April 8, 2020:
Passover presentation

April 9, 2020:
Easter presentation

April 24, 2020:
Earth Day celebration

April 29, 2020:
Book Exchange Day

Upcoming Elementary Events

February 03, 2020:
2020/2021 Closed enrollment begins

February 07, 2020:
Fieldtrip to Montalvo Arts Center.

February 14, 2020:
Valentines day celebration.

February 17-21, 2020:
Presidents week. No school. No daycare.

February 28, 2020:
2020/2021 Closed enrollment ends.

Mar 03, 2020:
2020/2021 Open enrollment begins.

March 17 & 19, 2020:
E1 Open classroom events for current families.

March 24, 2020:
E1 Field trip to Montalvo Arts Center.

March 25 & 26, 2020:
Scholastic book fair.

March 27, 2020:
Nowruz performance.