Our High Tech Kids

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Our High Tech Kids

Today I am writ­ing about hand­writ­ing, but it is just one more ingre­di­ent in this high tech world that has neg­a­tive impli­ca­tions for our chil­dren. Handwriting is even­tu­ally going to be a thing of the past. There are so many more high tech ways to com­mu­ni­cate and schools are begin­ning to focus on those alter­nate meth­ods.

As a stu­dent I have found that writ­ing notes helped me to remem­ber impor­tant details much bet­ter than if I had typed them. My own chil­dren found the same strat­egy to be true. Conversely, I can write more cre­atively when I type. I teach writ­ing to young chil­dren to facil­i­tate read­ing. It helps them to sin­gle out let­ter sounds and sight words in iso­la­tion and then apply it to text. Clearly, the act of writin,as well as typ­ing, has an impact and now we know more about why that is.

In a recent New York Times arti­cle it was said that:

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain bet­ter able to gen­er­ate ideas and retain infor­ma­tion. In other words, it’s not just what we write that mat­ters — but how.

When we write, a unique neural cir­cuit is auto­mat­i­cally acti­vated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psy­chol­o­gist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recog­ni­tion of the ges­ture in the writ­ten word, a sort of recog­ni­tion by men­tal sim­u­la­tion in your brain.

And it seems that this cir­cuit is con­tribut­ing in unique ways we didn’t real­ize,” he con­tin­ued. “Learning is made eas­ier.”

2012 study led by Karin James, a psy­chol­o­gist at Indiana University, lent sup­port to that view. Children who had not yet learned to read and write were pre­sented with a let­ter or a shape on an index card and asked to repro­duce it in one of three ways: trace the image on a page with a dot­ted out­line, draw it on a blank white sheet, or type it on a com­puter. They were then placed in a brain scan­ner and shown the image again.

The researchers found that the ini­tial dupli­ca­tion process mat­tered a great deal. When chil­dren had drawn a let­ter free­hand, they exhib­ited increased activ­ity in three areas of the brain that are acti­vated in adults when they read and write: the left fusiform gyrus, the infe­rior frontal gyrus and the pos­te­rior pari­etal cor­tex.

By con­trast, chil­dren who typed or traced the let­ter or shape showed no such effect. The acti­va­tion was sig­nif­i­cantly weaker.

Dr. James attrib­utes the dif­fer­ences to the messi­ness inher­ent in free-form hand­writ­ing: Not only must we first plan and exe­cute the action in a way that is not required when we have a trace­able out­line, but we are also likely to pro­duce a result that is highly vari­able.

In a study that fol­lowed chil­dren in grades two through five,Virginia Berninger, a psy­chol­o­gist at the University of Washington, demon­strated that print­ing, cur­sive writ­ing, and typ­ing on a key­board are all asso­ci­ated with dis­tinct and sep­a­rate brain pat­terns — and each results in a dis­tinct end prod­uct. When the chil­dren com­posed text by hand, they not only con­sis­tently pro­duced more words more quickly than they did on a key­board, but expressed more ideas. And brain imag­ing in the old­est sub­jects sug­gested that the con­nec­tion between writ­ing and idea gen­er­a­tion went even fur­ther. When these chil­dren were asked to come up with ideas for a com­po­si­tion, the ones with bet­ter hand­writ­ing exhib­ited greater neural acti­va­tion in areas asso­ci­ated with work­ing mem­ory — and increased over­all acti­va­tion in the read­ing and writ­ing net­works.

We live in an age where mod­ern con­ve­niences are chang­ing at light­ning speed. The way we com­mu­ni­cate, watch TV, use computers……………………….all dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent than just two years ago. Even the food we eat is less whole­some than in years past. Our brain and other organs are still the same and requires proper stim­u­la­tion and nour­ish­ment. It scares me to think of how we may be hurt­ing our chil­dren as a result of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy.

I urge all par­ents and teach­ers to be fully mind­ful as we pre­pare our chil­dren towards their future.

 

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Feed Your Children Food

 

 

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Feed Your Child Food

It was exactly a year ago, last February, when I wrote an arti­cle about the harm­ful effects of processed food. Food, the fuel we feed our­selves and our chil­dren, had become a means to line the pock­ets of an uneth­i­cal indus­try. There is no stop­ping peo­ple from try­ing to make a buck by fool­ing the inno­cent. The only way to reverse this course is through edu­ca­tion.  

Our bod­ies are built to digest and use food to sup­port liv­ing. Artificial ingre­di­ents inhibit the body’s abil­ity to func­tion prop­erly, break­ing down our organs bit by bit while starv­ing our­selves of needed nutri­ents. The long term effects of this prac­tice is already being felt as more chil­dren are devel­op­ing chronic ill­ness and extreme aller­gies. Medicines, another unnat­ural sub­stance, is added to the mix as a short tem fix. The human body needs unadul­ter­ated food to max­i­mize its’ health. Parents must not sweep this issue under the rug. 

I beg you to read this arti­cle from last week’s New York Times. It is writ­ten specif­i­cally for par­ents and will be a guide for your family’s diet. A diet to sup­port a life­time of healthy accom­plish­ments and mem­o­ries.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/19/learning-to-cut-the-sugar/?_php=true&_type=blogs&emc=eta1&_r=0

http://goodparentsgreatkids.com/category/nutrition/

Fast Food and Other Poisons

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Nutrition NOW

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Nutrition con­tin­ues to be a hot topic. The recent expose in The New York Times Magazine points out the addic­tive and harm­ful prop­er­ties of con­ve­nience food in a way that demands our atten­tion.
The food we give our chil­dren can pro­vide needed energy, and nutri­tion. This is indeed the core of a child’s phys­i­cal, and to a degree emo­tional, infra­struc­ture. At this point in time, it seems almost indis­putable that con­ve­nience foods con­tribute to obe­sity, ADD/ADHD, Celiac dis­ease and more. To know­ingly con­tinue to reg­u­larly feed our chil­dren processed food is sim­ply crazy. Gogurt is not healthy yogurt.  Fruit rollups are not fruit. Frozen and pack­aged foods that are not care­fully selected could have an immense amount of sodium and sugar. Not only are these prod­ucts harm­ful but are man­u­fac­tured specif­i­cally to lead a per­son to eat more than they ordi­nar­ily would. A child’s metab­o­lism becomes com­pro­mised. Studies show that par­ents are aware of the issues but are unable to change their behav­ior due to time restraints and habits.

I have included links to two arti­cles that are a must read. The New York Times Magazine arti­cle is not an easy read. It is the scari­est piece on nutri­tion I have ever read and demon­strates how the food indus­try preys on our youngest and most eas­ily manip­u­lated to line their pock­ets with no con­cern for the con­se­quences.  

I implore par­ents to focus on their child’s nutri­tion in a way that demon­strates its’ impor­tance and stop fool­ing them­selves as to the dan­gers of poor nutri­tion. I know it will take a lot of work but there is no doubt that it is an essen­tial part of good par­ent­ing.

It is truly the infra­struc­ture of your child’s entire devel­op­ment.

Links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/02/25/172717996/how-crunch-time-between-school-and-sleep-shapes-kids-health

 

 

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The Vaccine Debate

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I feel com­pelled to write this.

My hus­band and I have great respect for our nat­u­ra­p­ath. His name is David Getoff and he has a very extreme atti­tude about health. He often appears a bit extreme, but most of the time his opin­ions become well accepted.

The first time I met him was 28 years ago when he was on his way to Colorado. He was of the opin­ion that the mer­cury in his fill­ings were dam­ag­ing to his health and there was a den­tist who would remove them. This was a painful and expen­sive process but he was deter­mined to get it done. Of course now we all know to avoid ingest­ing mer­cury.

He is also against chemo ther­apy, mam­mo­grams, soy by-prod­ucts, genet­i­cally man­u­fac­tured food, flour, sugar and vac­cines.

Recently I crossed paths with a mom who refused to give her 4 year old most of the vac­cines that are rou­tinely given. She is con­cerned about the bom­bard­ment of chem­i­cals on a young child’s brain and men­tioned that it has been linked to SIDS.

Since I will be a grandma soon I paid atten­tion and did some research. My con­clu­sion was to talk to my son and daugh­ter-in-law and sug­gest they look into it. My hus­band and I would be happy to bring our grand­child to the doc­tor more fre­quently in order to spread out the shots and there­fore les­son the neg­a­tive impact.

A week later we received sad news. My daughter-in-law’s niece had died from SIDS. She was 4 months old. I looked up the sched­ule for vac­ci­na­tions and saw that the sec­ond round was at 4 months. Last night  I had a chance to talk with my son about my con­cern. He looked at me with dis­be­lief. He told me that the lit­tle girl had been vac­ci­nated the day before she died.

please, please, do your research.

http://www.thinktwice.com/sids.htm

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Fast Food and Other Poisons

 

 

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We are becom­ing more acutely aware of the dan­gers in our food. Eating a healthy diet no longer means keep­ing an eye on our food groups and por­tions. Everyday we learn of poi­sons that are found in our food. From genet­i­cally engi­neered corn and pes­ti­cide use to reduce costs, preser­v­a­tives to add shelf life and the count­less decep­tive tac­tics by Monsanto to deceive the pub­lic and line their cor­po­rate prof­its, it is a major strug­gle to keep our fam­i­lies safe from the food we need to live.

Many chil­dren suf­fer from aller­gies, ADD, ADHD, Asthma, sen­sory dis­or­der issues and much more. These con­di­tions are now the norm. I urge par­ents to look at the abun­dant research on how our foods are poi­son­ing us. Take care to feed your fam­ily food that will nour­ish, not destroy. This is a call to action that can not be ignored.

 

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/08/do-you-have-any-idea-of-the-chemicals-used-in-fast-food-chicken.aspx

http://anothervoicerev184.blogspot.com/2012/02/unlabeled-poison-in-your-food-neotame.html

http://www.youtube.com/user/renagade12?feature=mhum re-upload this is great!! more kids need to get out of the whole brain­washed mind­set.. and start look­ing …

 

 

 

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