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Music is everywhere. It’s piped through shopping malls, grocery stores, headphones, and car stereos. You can enjoy anything from classical to punk rock with over a hundred genres in between. Music has been part of the human experience since prehistoric ages, but over time, it has been shaped and molded into many different forms by extraordinary people. Today, we’re taking a look at five of those important figures in musical history.

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March 22, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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March 20, 2017
Saleel Menon

The Truth About Fine Arts Programs: Benefits Beyond Academics

Music Education, Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEAM

Want to score better on your SAT’s or standardized tests? – Join fine arts! This is an argument widely used by fine arts teachers to recruit for their programs, or sell their craft to young students and parents. Research studies by the hundreds substantiate claims that fine arts – particularly music education – help develop skills needed to think critically, problem solve, and analyze data which all lead to an on average elevated standardized testing experience. While some can view this as an amazing advocacy of music education, I think it perpetuates an ideology that is fundamentally wrong with the way we approach the arts, specifically in education. These statistics serve to quantify the importance of arts in an objective way, which is important in its own right, but art is subjective and has unique importance aside from its auxiliary interdisciplinary benefits.

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March 18, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Special Needs: Our Top Resources for Every Parent and Teacher

Learning Through Play

Below are some of our favorite resources for teachers and parents who care for children with special needs.  With input from special education teachers and parents around the world, we have compiled a well-rounded list of inclusive teaching methods, support groups, exercise programs, safety strategies and original SpEd infographic.  Click here for our previous blog post on Twice Exceptional Toys.  With Autism Awareness month approaching, we hope highlighting these resources will help to promote inclusion, health and learning in all environments for the disability community.

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March 15, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers from Visual Brainstorms

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers from our very own Visual Brainstorms set, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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March 13, 2017
R. Elaine L. Smith

"At-Risk" Brains and Games

Kids And Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play

Mary and I are two teachers, who have been teaching science in some form or another since dinosaurs roamed the earth (at least that is what we tell our students).  Personal communications changed dramatically with the advent of an affordable personal computer.  Social media, such as Myspace, appeared facilitating communication across long distances, classrooms, age and gender gaps.  At the same time, cell phones became cheap and available.  Now there is opportunity for constant communication from a variety of platforms ranging from Facebook to Twitter to Snapchat. During this time period, we have observed that social communication has become a premier driver of the adolescent brain at the same time that the focus and effort required for academic success has been diminishing.

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March 11, 2017
Sophie Miller

Twice Exceptional Toys

Learning Through Play

Over the next few weeks, different countries around the world will be celebrating the gifted learners in their communities. Australia’s fourth annual Gifted Awareness Week will launch on March 12. Meanwhile, in America, Autism Awareness Month starts on April 1, celebrating and advocating for children and adults on the spectrum.  Twice exceptional learners bring aspects of both parts of their exceptional nature – their gifted minds as well as their learning differences – into the way that they take in information and learn about new topics. In celebration of differently abled learners around the world, we wanted to share some of the excellent toys and games that you can purchase for your child.

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