While some individuals may be born with a naturally elevated intellectual capacity, intelligence is not necessarily solely an innate trait. Most smart minds develop overtime through proper care, exercise, and routine maintenance. Though schooling absolutely enhances cognition, going to school is not the only means by which one can strengthen mind function. Are you interested in heightening your intelligence? Here are a few of the best ways to increase mental capacity.
Meditation: Meditation calms the mind, while also, as research shows, changes the structure of the brain, increasing memory capacity, and improving focus and attention span. Meditative practices can vary person to person, but focusing on the breath is a great way for mediators to begin moving into their practice. Overtime, regular daily mediation can teach your mind how to work for efficiently, thereby increasing your mental speed and capacity for varied thought.
Get Healthy: Daily exercise and proper diet benefit both body and mind. The physical condition of the body directly affects cognition. If the body is in poor shape, the blood stream heavily populated with toxins from poor diet or low exercise levels, it becomes more difficult for oxygen to reach the brain, siphoning off vital fuel, thereby decreasing mental functioning. Incorporating a regular exercise regimen into your daily life, and maintaining a healthy and organic based diet can help your keep your body, your mind’s home and feeding ground, in its best possible condition for proper mental function and intellectual growth.
Sleep: Regular sleep is a vital variable in the equation for a well-running mind. Researchers actually surmise that during sleep, the unconscious mind files and organizes thoughts from the prior day, readying the mind for what lies in store for the future. Brains without regular sleep suffer from memory impairment, decreased motor skill function, and weakened focus. Lack of sleep can also increase anxiety levels. To give your brain its best shot at expanded intelligence, be sure to get at least eight hours of sleep nightly.
Brain Exercise: As all body parts need regular exercising and strengthening to maintain proper functioning levels, so too does the brain. Exercising your brain can be as simple as alternating your teeth brushing hand, or driving a different way to work. Doing math exercises or playing games like Sudoku are also great ways to keep your brain in shape for extended cognitive capacity and increased function.
Are you interested in exercising your brain? Math Nook offers fun and educational math computer games to work out your brain and increase intellectual capacity.
For some children, math class is the most daunting forty-five minutes of their day. Whether they are learning algebra, geometry, or calculus, some children really struggle in this particular educational subject due to a variety of reasons. From inadequate teaching methods to unfair overcompensations, here are some reasons why your child may be struggling with math.
Memorization: Do you remember memorizing information for a test? Do you also remember forgetting all those valuable facts right after that test? When math teachers teach through memorization, mathematic information often holds residency in the short-term memory temporarily, and then slowly exits, never making much of an indent in a child’s long-term memory.
Furthermore, encouraging kids to simply memorize their times tables or other algebraic equation results in rote learning, inapplicable to varied situations. As adults, we know that math affects our real lives in very different ways than how we learn its skills in school. Learning math by rote makes it nearly impossible to apply these skills beyond the set number of memorized equations. If teachers, instead, take the time to teach children how addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division work, why these tools work in these ways, and who to quickly perform these operations in a variety of different ways, children’s math skills not only improve, but they become more applicable later in life, exponentially increasing cognitive development.
Teaching to the Test: Standardized tests have negatively affected teachers’ ability to tailor lesson to their individual student needs. Instead, schooling systems measure teacher success by good standardized test scores, rewarded in continued school funding. However, the lessons on these tests are often just more memorization tricks rather than true exercises in understand critical thinking principles. This skewed system values school funding over children’s education needs, ultimately harming our children.
Tutoring: Instead of fixing the flaws in our educational system’s math classes, parents are compensating for these flaws by hiring their children tutors. While this can be helpful for those children whose families can afford tutoring, unfortunately not all families can. Thus, education becomes for those who can afford it, rather than for all. If parents instead put this money into improved schools rather than extra tutoring , more children could benefit.
Are you looking for fun ways to teach math to your child? Math Nook offers a wide variety of awesome math computer games and worksheets to teach our children the mathematics they need for later in life.
Students love MathMan so we’ve come up with a new version of it that involves rounding. If you’re not familiar with our MathMan games, they are PacMan with a mathematical twist. In the case of MathMan Rounding the mathematical twist is rounding. The beauty of the MathMan series is that they stand on their own as a fun arcade game yet they reinforce math skills. Want to play it? Click the link: MathMan Rounding
Three new math games added:
Mathematical Mining Moles – practice your telling time or decimal knowledge
Brain Shapes – A fun puzzle game that involves addition
Keep Learning – Choose the math quest or choose the geography, typing or rhythm quests
MathNook welcomes all students and teachers back to school and hopes all of you have a great school year!
From the lack of postings it may look like we took the summer off. The fact is we’ve been busy updating the website and adding more math games, puzzle games, worksheets and tutorials. We’ve got lots more great math games and puzzle games on the way so stay tuned.
Hopefully the new category links will help you find the type of game you are looking for. If not you can always use the new improved search function or see all of our math games by clicking the “All Math Games A-Z” link or all of our games (puzzle, fun and math) by clicking the “All Games A-Z” link. These links can be found at the top of the page in the category slider. If those links aren’t on the screen just use the blue arrows to scroll to it or wait for it to rotate around again.
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