Lots of cool news came out recently about human development, from chimps to little humans:
Wild chimps have been shown to understand fire and how it moves, and don’t freak out like other animals do. This is exciting because humans so far had been the only animals documented as keeping their cool around fire…for the most part.
Since we’re in the jungle, it’s once again been show that it’s good for kids to go roll around in the dirt; for one thing it correlates with lower heart disease when they’re older.
But back to brain wiring, kids who get intensive language training when they’re young, like reading, actually have their brains re-wired, in a good way.
New education research is also showing that kids may understand Math at a much earlier age than previously though, and there are ways that they can learn the concepts just as early as we try to teach them language.
One of the skills kids can develop is compartmentalization, which it turns out cavemen could also do much earlier than previously thought; for example, they made different, compartmentalized work stations in their camps, rather than spread everything around and sleep right next to the meat-processing spot.
Speaking of stone-age types, a study has come out that counters the idea that hunter-gatherers didn’t eat any grains at all.
All this data almost makes me want to grab some popcorn and pop it over a fire while playing math games. But not before I go work in my garden patch.