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Multi-Sensory Learning (MSL)

A nice summary/intro about multi-sensory learning:

http://www.lexiconreadingcenter.org/what-is-multisensory-teaching-techniques.html

Another similar overview with advice:

http://learningdisabilities.about.com/od/instructionalmaterials/p/mulitsensory.htm

An article regarding different parts of the brain and how multi-sensory learning builds stronger neural connections:

http://journals.lww.com/neuroreport/Abstract/2005/04040/The_case_for_feedforward_multisensory_convergence.1.aspx

Article about Learning Styles and Memory which nicely addresses the importance of MSL:

http://www2.swccd.edu/~asc/ED%20100-101%20docs/LS_Memory.pdf

Article about MSL for people with dyslexia:

http://www.interdys.org/EWEBEDITPRO5/UPLOAD/MULTISENSORY_STRUCTURED_LANGUAGE_TEACHING_FACT_SHEET_11-03-08.PDF

Article highlighting the positive impact of MSL:

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0001532#abstract0

The Handbook of Multisensory Processes: A book dedicated to the importance of MSL:

http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/handbook-multisensory-processes

An oldie but a goodie article showing that physically tracing a letter improved letter recognition:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com

 

All About PLAY!

Importance of play in “Executive Function and ADD”

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21622965.2013.839612#.U8ShMJRX-uY

A Summary of the “False Dichotomy” Between Learning and Play

http://www.naeyc.org/content/research-news-you-can-use-play-vs-learning

The Importance of Exploratory Play

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2011/03/why_preschool_shouldnt_be_like_school.html

Benefits of Play, Including Imaginative Play

http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-your-child-benefits-from-play_64065.bc

The Cognitive Benefits of Play

http://www.parentingscience.com/benefits-of-play.html

Lack of Free-Play Harms Kids

http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/8-26-2011-lack-of-free-play-is-harming-our-kid/

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations About Increasing Play

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/119/1/182.full

Importance of Imaginative Play and the Development of Executive Function

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19212514

A Review of an article that points out that “pretend play” is important for learning

http://www.naeyc.org/content/research-news-pretend-play-is-important

Importance of “Pretend Play”

http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/02052014-why-should-we-encourage-pretend-play/

An E-Bay Article on the Importance of Pretend Play

http://www.ebay.com/gds/7-Reasons-Why-Pretend-Play-Is-Good-for-Children-/10000000177633904/g.html

A very scholarly article about the Importance of Pretend Play

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/beautiful-minds/201203/the-need-pretend-play-in-child-development

The Importance of Pretend Play

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/creativity-play/importance-pretend-play

 

Peer and Social Learning

Nice overview of Social Learning Theory:

http://psychology.about.com/od/developmentalpsychology/a/sociallearning.htm

Wikipedia’s beautiful explanation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_learning_theory

And Wiki’s explanation of peer learning:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer_learning

Review of “trends in peer learning” :

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01443410500345172#tabModule

Article assessing the importance of peer learning in higher education:

 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0260293990240405#.U-BqP6JX-uY

A nice article about peer mentoring/tutoring:

http://www.knewton.com/blog/ed-tech/student-centered-learning-magic-peer-mentoring/

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