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Learn Something New Everyday: Cognitive March Madness

March 22, 2015

By Sarah Maraniss Vanmarchmadnessder Schaaff

We’ve had an exciting week on this blog, with a team of bloggers joining me in our drive to “learn something new everyday.” Can you imagine if the energy and money that went into sports commentary were put towards educational programs, or if we had a 24-hour cable network with the pizzazz of ESPN devoted to the issues parents cope with in raising kids?

In case you missed it, here’s a recap of what we’ve featured this week.


1. Benefits of Music for Children with Attention Issuesmusic-278795_1280

This well-received post was written by Nicole Davies with follow-up commentary by a Mindprint Learning educator with years of experience teaching special education.




2. All Aboard: How to Raise a Wild Child with Dr. Scottwildchild

Once you get over the celebrity wow-factor that the paleontologist from PBS’s Dinosaur Train leads this Q&A about his new book, you realize the stakes are dire: our children are missing out on the “nature connection” and the implications for their happiness and the planet’s health are serious.

14004939452_f42016d0cb_z3. Not your Typical College Day: Transform this Camaro

You’ve probably heard about government-industry partnerships intended to create jobs and improve education. Here’s one success story that involves STEM, a Chevy Camaro, and one outstanding female mechanical engineer leading her team in the EcoCar 3 competition.

4. It’s Time for Parents to Change the Conversation…team-nancy-weinstein

You’re going to want to sit down for this one, because Mindprint founder Nancy Weinstein pulls no punches in this post on what really needs to happen in the parent-teacher relationship.

Want more Madness even when it’s not March? Tell us what you’d like to see in our next blog series.

And in the meantime, it’s spring break for many of us at Mindprint and The Educated Mom, so we’re off next week. But it’s always a good time to visit the main site for free resources or to sign-up for or administer the cognitive assessment. I can assure you that the test takes less time than it took me to fill out my brackets in our NCAA family tournament.




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