Category Archives: Learning

Early Childhood Education Should Focus on Play

Young children’s brains are wired to learn through play and exploration. Although discovery-based learning—a learning style that works with children’s development—is validated by a number of recent studies, education in the United States is heading in the opposite direction. Early childhood education is becoming dominated by formalized, teacher-led classroom instruction. The shift towards a didactic…

New Insights into Why Some Learn Faster Than Others

When learning a new skill, an over-active brain could hold you back. A study from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University offers new insights into why some people learn faster than others. The results indicate that people whose brains automate processes, instead of…

Sleep Is Critical for Successful Long-Term Learning

A good night’s rest could be the key to learning new information, finds a study from Royal Holloway, University of London. The research team found that people learning new words were best able to apply what they had learned after a night of sleep. The results suggest that successful long-term learning does not occur until…

Kids with ADHD Should Fidget

Most children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) fidget and squirm at school. A number of interventions teach the same children to hold still. New research from the University of Central Florida (UCF) may change how ADHD is treated. The study found that children with ADHD are better able to think and learn when they fidget. For…

Video Games May Increase Capacity for Visual Learning

Video games may have more to offer than simple entertainment. A study from Brown University finds that people who play video games have better gains on certain visual tasks than those who do not play video games. The study also found that gamers were able to learn the visual tasks faster than the non-gamers. The…

Multisensory Approach for Best Vocabulary Learning

A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences reports that adding movement to language learning can help with vocabulary acquisition. The study builds on research demonstrating more effective vocabulary acquisition when new words were paired with images—the researchers at the Max Planck Institute tested whether gestures could have the…

Play Time Supports Development of Spatial Reasoning

A new study finds that children’s toys like blocks are good for more than just entertainment. The study finds that children who play with blocks, puzzles, and board games develop stronger spatial reasoning skills. The findings could lead to simple interventions for groups who have underdeveloped spatial skills. Data for the study came from a…

Movement-Based Instruction Helps Students Learn Math

Many children learn from kinetic activities, yet many classrooms do not incorporate movement into their instruction. A new study from the University of Vermont tested a method for using movement and technology to help students learn math. The study, which used motion-detection technology, used a math instruction technique that asked students to use their bodies…

Nap Time Helps Infants Learn

Numerous studies have shown that sleep plays a major role in memory, but relatively little is known about the relationship between sleep and learning in early childhood. Researchers from the University of Sheffield and from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany investigated how daytime sleep affects memory in infants. The study demonstrated that children who sleep…

Program Reduces Students’ Disruptive Behaviors

A new program helps teachers and parents support young children in school by working with their individual personalities. The study, conducted by researchers at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, found that the INSIGHTS program was able to reduce problem behaviors for some of the students most at-risk for low levels…

What is iLs?

iLs is a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.

We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type. Someone once referred to iLs as “a boot camp for the brain.” We’d like to think of it more as play, and we all know we work hardest when we play!

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