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Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Cognitive Style of….your dog

May 28, 2013

By Sarah Vander Schaaff To hear Dr. Brian Hare speak about the genius of dogs is quite something. In fact, just last week, when I was listening to my local NPR station, I heard a rebroadcast of an interview with him and was still fascinated. And it was this second-time around that I was able to visit Dr. Hare’s website: Dognition. If you think I’ve got too much free time, I should add that Dr. Hare is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke’s Institute for Brain Sciences, got his Ph.D. from Harvard, and yes, I do have a puppy. My interest was both personal and Mindprint related. Consider this explanation of Dr. Hare’s cognitive approach to… Read More

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Vintage Ed Mom: More on Math…

May 21, 2013

By Sarah Vander Schaaff Last week, we had Homeschooling mom and blogger Cait Fitz, (My Little Poppies) share some great ideas for integrating math skills into your summer days with the kids at home. This week, we’re reposting a blog I did a few years ago with a math teacher who has “seen it all.” And by that I mean, she’s seen what happens when the students she taught all year show up the following fall. Some have kept their skills sharp or even advanced them, and others, not so much. Many of her students, most of whom have learning differences, benefit from summer school, but you may find integrating math into day-to-day activities is enough to keep skills and… Read More

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The Key to Summer Reading

May 14, 2013

By Sarah Vander Schaaff Summer Reading. It’s hard not to feel a bit ambivalent about the subject, so perhaps, like me, you didn’t have June 21st entered in your calendar as National Summer Learning Day. But, add the date to your Outlook folks, and grab a book that’s a “just right fit”. Thanks to a few tips from the National Summer Learning Association, originally the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, summer reading can be a bit less stressful and a lot more effective. If there is one tip I inferred from looking at their 2009 Research Brief, “How to Make Summer Reading Effective” it is this: if you want to increase your child’s reading comprehension, spend… Read More

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