popular topics in cognitive and psychological development

  • School and Learning
    Reading Assessments
    Is My Child a Good Reader?
    Take this quiz to discover your child's strengths and weaknesses in reading. ...
  • Kids
    Brain Function
    The Brain and Learning Quiz
    How much of our brain capacity do we actually use? What does it mean to be "right-brain"? Some of these answers will surprise you! ...
  • 5-Year-Old Write Backward
    Cognitive and Psychological Development
    I Need Help! My Five-Year-Old Writes Backward
    Is it normal for a kid to write backward, especially when they're learning? Our expert weighs in on this grandmother's concern. ...
  • Kids
    Brain Function
    Multiple Intelligences: The Many Ways We're Smart
    Do you think you know a lot about intelligence? We challenge you to take our quiz. ...
  • Kids
    Curiosity
    Raising Boys: The Value of Curiosity
    Raising Boys: The Value of Curiosity It isn't easy being a parent. You undoubtedly feel fatigued and stressed at least some of the time; raising your son is almost certainly not the only thing on your daily agenda. Sometimes all you really want ...
  • Kids
    Intelligence
    Math and Science Do Matter for Girls
    Math and Science Do Matter for Girls Throughout the past decades, society has expected boys to excel in the "harder" classes (science and math) and girls in the "easier" ones (language and social studies). The fact is all areas of study can be ...
  • Kids
    Creativity
    Child Who Talks to Himself
    A child who adopts behavior such as talking to himself is probably not in any real trouble, but it's worth exploring why. ...
  • Kids
    Creativity
    The Artist or Crafts Enthusiast
    The Artist or Crafts Enthusiast Not every girl likes chasing after a ball or cycling her heart out. Many enjoy various forms of arts or crafts activities. They may be content to sit in the den and doodle, sketch, or write. Or they fashion obje...
  • Learning Disabilities Printables
    Characteristics Checklist for Asperger's Syndrome: Cognitive Issues
    Print out and use this checklist to help in an initial diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome in your child. You can find more checklists on Asperger's syndrome here. ...
  • School and Learning
    Inventions
    Inventions We'd Rather Not See
    Inventions We'd Rather Not See Required: Your time only The world of science and engineering brings us all kinds of great and useless things. But what about the truly useless or silly things that haven't been invented yet? Here are some ideas to...
  • kids being creative using apps
    Mobile Apps
    10 Best Creative Apps for Kids
    Foster your child's creative side during tech time! Check out these top-rated art, music, imagination-play, and creative-thinking apps for kids of all ages. ...
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  • Kids
    Creativity
    Finding Your Inner Genius: The 10 Steps to Creativity
    Finding Your Inner Genius: The 10 Steps to Creativity I happen to know you're a genius. It's true. It's always been true. You just forgot. We all have some kind of genius, but for many of us, life experiences, whether at home, in school, or in t...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Memory Games
    Visualization Game
    Visualization GameMaterials Assorted objects Tray Tea towel Small sack Paper and pencil Directions Collect ten to twenty small common objects, e.g., safety pin, spoon, eraser, watch, comb, button, ring, thumb tack, clothespin, key, cork, stamp, e...
  • School and Learning
    Ld Signs and Symptoms
    Common Developmental Delays
    Common Developmental Delays Developmental delays range from very mild to severe. Say your two-year-old isn't making circular scribbles when all the other children in day care are, yet she has developed her other fine motor skills. She may be scri...
  • Kids
    Cognitive and Psychological Development
    10 Ways to Nurture Ambition in Children
    10 Ways to Nurture Ambition in Children Encourage them -- Someone has to be President. If your child wants to do something remarkable, don't rubbish the idea. Encourage them to work out how they could make it happen. Challenge them -- Wrapping ...
  • Kids
    Creativity
    Expression Versus Catharsis
    Expression Versus CatharsisWe want children to express themselves, but we don't want them to react and confuse creation with catharsis. Catharsis is not creation; it is only a release of pressure. When children paint in a cathartic way, they pain...
  • Kids
    Creativity
    Guidelines for Optimum Creativity
    Guidelines for Optimum CreativityEleven Golden Rules Always approach creativity as a process-oriented activity. Never ask children to paint realistically. Never tell children what to paint, or give them models to copy. Never correct children's pa...
  • Kids
    Creativity
    The Joy of Spontaneous Expression
    The Joy of Spontaneous ExpressionChildren need to stop worrying about what they do. The pressure of doing it right can take over and prevent them from being creative. Parents and teachers should support children in finding their own way naturally...