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Rasin' Brain

Raisin' Brain: Maintaining Homes for All Kinds of Minds

By: Mel Levine (2006)

School is not the only arena in which children's minds need to be nurtured and expanded. Equally vital is the kind of education and brain building that a student undergoes at home.

Parents can do much to establish a domestic milieu that helps every child to develop his or her very special and sometimes very specialized kind of mind. How does this get accomplished? Let's take a look at some of the measures parents can take to foster optimal intellectual development, to be highly effective at "raisin' brain."

First, parents need to become mind readers - not in the supernatural way, but in a more practical down to earth manner. They need to monitor with care and open-mindedness their child's development over the years, so that they can come to know her or his particular strengths, shortcomings, and areas of talent and natural inclination. Children most often possess minds that differ substantially from those of their siblings; so each child needs to be observed and thought about as the possessor of a uniquely wired brain.

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Brain & Cognitive Skills

Brain and Cognitive Skills Training

A study by the Department of Education showed that 69 out of 100 fourth graders in the United States are below grade level in Reading. That same study showed that 71 out of 100 eighth graders are below grade level in math, and 76 out of 100 high school seniors are below grade level in writing.

Weak underlying cognitive skills may be the reason why a person struggles to read or learn at a even a basic level. If this is the cause of the learning difficulty, it can be corrected. Research has shown that the brain never stops changing. If you or your child experience learning or reading problems, brain or cognitive skills training can be your most effective choice to eliminate the cause of the struggle, and move on to learning and reading success.

Understanding individual cognitive skills helps us understand how they impact learning. These skills include:

Attention Skills: A student’s ability to attend to incoming information can be observed, broken down into a variety of sub-skills, and improved through properly coordinated training. We train and strengthen the three primary types of attention:

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Doing What You Love

8 questions To Find Out Where Your Heart Lies

-written by Beverly Stewart

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What's really neat about doing what you love is that it releases a huge amount of energy, enthusiasm and zest for living. It frees up your creativity and adds a vibrancy to your being that you take with you wherever you go and into whatever you are doing.

Putting your attention and focus on ideas and in areas that capture your imagination sweeps you up and carries you along on a wave of excitement that will power you towards your dreams. What could be more joyous than that?

Doing what you love is much more than a leap in the right direction, it's a vital brick on your road to freedom.

However, because we tend to be so caught up in the pressures and stresses of our everyday life we probably rarely think about what we'd much prefer to be doing with our time and energy. And if we do it is often a only fleeting thought before our dreams become buried beneath a mountain of must do's, obligations and responsibilities until we no longer know they are there.

We can even feel guilty about day dreaming as though it's childish or silly and not something that a seriously grown adult should be doing. But day dreaming has value and can often hold the clues to your creative inner drive.

Ask yourself the following questions to help you unearth your dreams. Become a day dream believer and find out what it is that you would really love to do.

8 Questions To Find Out Where Your Heart Lies:

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Developing Self-Belief


By: Nick Best

To achieve any goal in life, you must believe you are going to be successful. If you do not, you are likely to fail. For each your goals, in your heart of hearts, do you really believe you will achieve them? If the answer for any of them is no, the following 9 step process will help you to develop this belief and stride forward confidently towards achieving your goal.

1. Be confident that the end result is possible.

Perhaps someone else has already achieved this goal or perhaps they've achieved something similar. Alternatively, you might be clear in your own mind that it can be achieved.

2. Believe that the end result is possible by you.

We often hold limiting beliefs about our own ability to achieve goals. It is important to check out the beliefs that are limiting you, and take time to address these. Your aim is to feel that the goal is not just possible, but possible by you.

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Top Ten Ways to be Happy

Top Ten Ways to be Happy

By: Lenora Boyle

What is happiness, anyway? We all have our own definitions. It could be feeling joyful, optimistic, content, or even just truly relaxed. Some may say that happiness is freedom from the kind of strain or unhappiness they used to feel.

Some folks are not even sure happiness is something they have time for. They may think, “It’s enough to just get through my to-do list every day. I don’t have time to pursue happiness on top of everything else.”

And yet, would these same folks insist that they must strain and feel tense to accomplish their goals? Or might they think they can feel peace of mind, content, yes, even happy, and still succeed in getting everything done?

I believe that everyone wants to feel happier - sometimes they just don’t know where to begin. So here are ten sure-fire ways to increase your happiness quotient - and achieve your goals more easily than before!

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