The Arts and Cognitive Skills

What happens to our brains ‘on art’? New research is beginning to reveal the benefits. You might be surprised at some of the findings. For links to the research underlying this video, read New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills.

Music and the Early Years

Discover the benefits of music for young children in the Is your baby getting enough music? Mini Parenting Master Class. Find musical activities for children in our Tuning Into Music: Listen! Make! Move! resources. Family literacy programs can borrow the Family Literacy Kit: Music with picture books, activity books and musical instruments from the Decoda… Read more

Playing Builds Brains

Everyday Play Play Using the Senses Language, Numbers and Play Find ideas for play-based learning activities for families in the four booklet set, Let’s Play: Activities for Families. More information is available in the Play Today BC Handbook.

Kids + Steps + Sweat = Healthier Brains

For better brain health, all children and youth should be physically active on a regular basis. In addition to physical health benefits, physical activity also improves cognition, brain function and mental health. – Participaction 2018 Report Card Every year, Participaction issues a comprehensive assessment of the physical activity of Canadian children and youth. This year… Read more

Brain Myths

Are these statements true or false? Some of us are ‘left-brained’ and some are ‘right-brained’. This affects how we learn. Brain development is complete by the time you reach puberty. Learning is due to the addition of new cells to the brain. A common sign of dyslexia is seeing letters backwards. Mental capacity is inherited… Read more

Serve and Return to Build Baby’s Brain

Responsive interaction between children and adults build a strong foundation in a child’s brain. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child outlines five steps for serve and return: Notice the serve and share the child’s focus of attention. Return the serve by supporting and encouraging. Give it a name! Take turns … and wait. Keep… Read more

Learning to Read Changes Adult Brains

New research shows that learning to read as an adult can change your brain. An international team of researchers conducted a study with 30 women in India who did not read. Twenty-one of the Hindi-speaking women, mostly in their thirties, were taught to read Devanagari script for six months. Participants reached a level similar to… Read more

Emotions, Learning and the Brain

Research continues to support our understanding of the important role that emotions play in learning. For a concise research fact sheet that summarizes current understanding of the interplay of thinking and emotion, how experience changes the brain, the role of emotions in learning and how brain development depends on social relationships, click here. To learn… Read more