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:

What Screen Time and Screen Media Do To Your Child’s Brain and Sensory Processing Ability

It’s a scene we’re sure you’ve witnessed again and again:

A family is sitting in a restaurant having dinner. The four year old is clearly fed up with sitting, and starts to complain, jump on her seat or run around. But a few moments later, she’s quietly in her seat again, enabling her parents and older siblings to enjoy a peaceful meal and conversation for the next 30 minutes.

What happened? Her father handed her his iPhone.

It’s a scene we see repeated in doctors’ waiting rooms, supermarkets, public transportation… and while we entirely understand it, it also saddens us. So many caring, well-meaning parents are unaware of the developmental damage caused to their children by exposure to screen time and screen media.

Take a look at this article about how screen time and media affects your child’s brain:

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February 17 – 21, 2020:
Presidents’ Week.  No school.  No daycare

February 24, 2020:
MLK Jr. Presentation

February 27, 2020:
Asia Immersion Day

March 16, 2020:
Performance by Bruce Cotter, bagpipe player

March 18, 2020:
Parent Information Meeting at Leigh campus.  Topic: Screen Time and Kids

March 19, 2020:
Parent Information Meeting at Foxworthy campus.  Topic: Screen Time and Kids

March 20, 2020:
Performance by Chamber Music by the Bay.  Minimum day.  School ends at 12:00 pm.  No daycare.

March 26, 2020:
Europe Immersion Day

March 27, 2020:
Norouz (Persian New Year) celebration and presentation.  Performance by Niosha Dance Academy, Persian dancer.

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.