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How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

??B 4 u rd any further grab ur kid’s cell & hide it. (LOL). You may not have to resort to such dire tactics but an October 6, 2010 article in The Week titled,” How Writing by Hand Makes Kids Smarter” indicated that handwriting can improve your child’s IQ.

The article notes a study by University of Wisconsin psychologist Virginia Berninger, who found that writing activated sequential finger movements, which engaged short-term memory, thought and language sectors of the brain.

On a superficial level, those with excellent penmanship were also deemed smarter than those with illegible handwriting, according to Steve Graham, a professor of education at Vanderbilt University. He also noted that neatly written essays on standardized tests like the SAT merited higher scores as well.

On the flipside, technology has made it all too easy to become lax in constructing a sentence and even spelling a simple word. Many cellphones and computers now do the work for us.

Entertaining on a Budget in Metro DC

Entertaining on a Budget in Metro DC

It is possible to both entertain AND enrich your kids on a budget in the DC metro area. Living close to the nation's capitol offers a wide array of possibilities, including the always-popular Smithsonian Museums National Air and Space and the National Zoo are (or should be) at the top of your list. Here are five more for you to consider:

Manassas National Battlefield Park
12521 Lee Highway Manassas, VA 20109
703.361.1339
nps.gov/mana
Cost: Children 16 and under, free; Sixteen yrs. and up, $3 per person (good for three days)

Where to Go and What to Do in Metro DC

Unique Forum for Parents of Children with Autism

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5 Reasons to Have a Family Game Night

5 Reasons to Have a Family Game Night

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2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

National Institutes of Health Co-Sponsors
National Library of Medicine, NIH Office of Communications and Public Health
NIH Office of Science Education, and the National Human Genome Research Institute

On February 7th from 5:30pm-9pm, the Patriots Technology Training Center will host its 2nd annual Bio Medical Competition at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, in Bethesda MD  20894.  Their goal is to encourage students to further their interest in various medical fields.  Please visit their website (www.patriots-ttc.org) to view the 2010 Bio-Medical Competition co-sponsored by The Library of Medicine.

Eight high school and one home school team will present a five-page research paper, brochure, slide show, one-page web site, display board, and an oral presentation on one of the medical careers listed below: 

Montgomery County Urges Citizens to Test Homes for Radon During National Radon Action Month

Montgomery County Urges Citizens to Test Homes for Radon During National Radon Action Month

Radon is Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in U.S.