Getting Smarter in 2012

In the Newsweek Article 31 Ways to Get Smarter in 2012, there are a few items that caught our attention as shared values for educating our smart kids here at Spring Garden Waldorf. Read the Full Article HERE; below is an excerpt of our list favorites.

#5 Toss you Smart Phone — Constantly checking your email disrupts focus and saps productivity.

#10 Learn a Language — Mastering a second language gives a workout to your prefrontal cortex, which affects decision making and emotions.

#12 Join a Knitting Circle — Refining motor ability can bolster cognitive skills.

#23 Play an Instrument — Learning an instrument boosts IQ and increases activity in parts of the brain controlling memory and coordination.

#24 Write By Hand — Brain scans show that handwriting engages more sections of the brain than typing.

#31 Get out of Town (or out of class!) — Life in a big city can drive you to distraction, writes science journalist Jonah Lehrer. Spending just a few minutes on a crowded street impairs memory and self-control, as your brain processes all the stimuli. So plan a weekend getaway: getting in touch with nature helps the brain to recover.

Now we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that we recommend #14 (not to be listed here) 😉 wait until adulthood.

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