Podcast: Brain Breaks with Joshua MacNeill


Meet Joshua MacNeill, Director of Lakeside’s NeuroLogic Initiative and an expert in trauma-informed education. In this discussion, recorded with Julie as part of A Brave Writer's Life In Brief: Season 3 podcast, we learn more about the developing brain so that we, as parents and home educators, can incorporate brain-based practices into our family’s lives. 


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We know the early years are crucial when it comes to a child’s development – but do you know, specifically, how it affects the brain?

For example, in the first year of life, more than one million new neural connections are formed every second. Adversity impairs these new connections, and the greater the adversity a child faces, the greater the odds of a delay in their cognitive, language, or emotional development.

You can find more of Joshua’s fun and practical brain break ideas in his book, 101 Brain Breaks & Educational Activities. Joshua has a pro tip for using the book: don’t get hung up on the details. Even if it doesn’t seem to go exactly how you plan or expect, it’s likely still going to be beneficial for your children.

Listen to the audio: ( link )

Posted March 1st, 2018
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