How can we prepare kids to thrive in a fast-changing world?

10 January 2014
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10 January 2014, Comments: 0

Help them build healthy, agile brains.

That’s how.

Help your kids be prepared for anything! They’ll need problem-solving skills and creative brains to meet the unpredictable challenges that lie ahead.

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Our great great grandparents might think they’d landed on another planet if they time-travelled to today’s world! We are seeing change at explosive rates. We’ve become accustomed (addicted?) to anticipating exciting, changing, advancing technology -- which becomes obsolete in a matter of months.

And the pace of change is only expected to increase. What will our children encounter in their own adulthood, in the work arena they enter? Can we even imagine it? We can’t. So how to prepare them for it when what we teach them today may likely be irrelevant tomorrow?

The answer: Prepare them to think creatively, problem-solve, and be ready with agile minds that can take on new challenges.

But How?

Incorporate brain-boosting, fun activities into the daily routine -- activities guided by insights from current brain research designed to boost brain health, improved memory and abstract thinking.

In the last 20 years there has been another explosion -- beyond technology. Research abounds about how our brains are wired and how to optimize how we learn and develop.

While we do have “plastic” brains -- the term scientists use to refer to the brain’s ability to change -- research is pointing to early childhood as a time to make great gains. This stuff is no longer science-fiction. There are thousands of studies, books and papers describing some amazing findings.

Consider that the infant brain is working double-time compared to their caregivers and you’ll see that as they encounter their world for the first time, they’re learning a ton! It’ll also help explain why a baby’s head is so warm to the touch! Sizzle! The neurons are FLYING in there!

It makes good sense to take advantage of these years -- not by drilling them, rushing to teach them to read, or forcing them to look at flashcards -- but by making smart choices based on cutting-edge research about the types of play that will help them build strong brains for their exciting futures!

Our mission at SingALingo

It’s simple. We want to make it easy for you to learn, digest and take action to build brains that will be ready for tomorrow. We will break down the mountains of constantly flowing data into simple, practical nuggets of information. We will offer fun, easy, everyday activities for you to make the most of the latest findings in brain research.

Oh, and what we are equally passionate about is writing and performing award-winning songs and videos that help kids learn a new language by engaging all their senses and keep them begging for more!

We just drove down to Washington, DC and Grace and Nathaniel were upset that we couldn't listen to your CD the WHOLE way!

Gail M., Cambridge, MA

Our Methods

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What’s unique about the SingAlingo method is what we call the Tricycle Learning Method™ (a playful integration of music, movement & language). It’s designed to engage different parts of the brain and result in whole body, higher-order learning versus just rote memorization. When this type of learning is practiced in a fun, nurturing environment the neural connections made in a child’s brain can increase in stability and permanency, which means they are likely to retain what they learn for a longer time.

A Sample Activity

If you want to experience this for yourself, try this activity with your child. We hope that you have the same success that we and others have enjoyed. Please let us know what you enjoyed most.

Try this:

Watch our video Hola Amigos (a sneak peak from our DVD!)

1. Tell your child you’re going to watch a fun video and do some cool moves to learn how to say “How are you?”, and “Very well, thank you” in Spanish.

2. Watch the video together--paying attention to the gestures, and listening to the sounds of the language.

3. Ask your child to guess what the lyrics mean based on the moves the seen in the video.

4. Watch it again and do the moves with your child. The more energy and excitement you show, the more your child will get from doing this activity. Do it as many times as your child wants.

5. Sing the question (do the shoulders-up gesture), repeating it 3 times like in the song “¿Cómo estás?” and then have your child answer, singing it too! “Muy bien gracias” while stamping a foot and You’re conversing!

6. Start using this in your daily interactions. Teach it to friends! You’ve just learned a practical question and answer, moved your body in ways that benefit your brain, and used a technique to help remember it!

Hint: Later, if anyone forgets the words, try this: Do the gestures while humming the tune that goes with that part of the song. The words will likely come right out of your mouth!

Stay informed

Each week we will research a topic focused on preparing kids to thrive and break it broken down into digestible nuggets of information and ideas you can readily implement at home or at school. We will also deliver fun, fascinating facts and trends from around the world wide web that will entertain and educate you as we build the next generation of confident, capable, connected kids! If this sounds interesting to you, join our community below! And, if you have any topics that you are curious about, leave a comment below!

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