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.