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Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It Hardcover – December 13, 2010
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Story Circle Book Reviews: “The book explains to our children, in easily understood language, pictures and concepts, what the brain is all about, so that an 8-year-old boy could learn much about his skills, his abilities and his potential ... For the early readers, this book will be delightful in the new words and concepts the child can absorb AND understand while reading to themselves.” ~ Laura Strathman Hulka, Story Circle Book Reviews” (Story Circle Reviews)
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PBS Parents: “Talk of brain growth can sometimes lead to overloading children with experiences, classes, etc. The brain acts like a collection of muscles and each part needs to be used, not just the parts that work well. If any parts are overworked, they will not grow in a healthy way.” This title makes both a wonderful addition to a child’s collection and to any growth mindset program or curriculum. (PBS Parents)
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•learning new things strengthens the brain
•making mistakes is one of the best ways your brain learns and grows
•you can STRETCH the part of your brain that controls your feelings
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Don't these seem like things kids should know and understand? And shouldn't we be reinforcing these messages as they navigate their ever complicated world? Love this resource and I think it should be on EVERY teacher's shelf in America. Seriously.
My two daughters have five children between them and they are another reason why I bought this book. We thought they would benefit in learning how intelligence works and how skills can develop. Some of this essential information include: that with practice - “things that are hard at first... or that you don't like to do... or that you don't do very well” can get easier, that a person can stretch the part of their brain that controls their feelings, that making mistakes is a great way for their brain to learn and grow and that when they learn new things they are strengthening their brain.
We have had a positive response from our students and my grandchildren. It is funny that my eleven year grandson who has always disliked science told me he really liked this book. We all recommend this book for school and home libraries.