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Be Smart Kids: Cloud supports Google Sign-in

Signing and enrolling into Be Smart Kids: Cloud just got much easier. New users who want to use Be Smart Kids: Cloud for the can use their Google account to enroll into our amazing online version of Be Smart Kids with only a few clicks.

Instead of creating an account and having to write down another username and password, Google account owners can use their Google login details to access Be Smart Kids: Cloud.

Here are the benefits:

  • Signing in the first time means less typing.
  • After you login to your Google account your account is automatically created.
  • Fewer usernames and passwords to remember.
  • Secure. If we are hacked, your Google password is not exposed because we do not keep it on hand.
  • Privacy is guarded. We only need your public Google information and your Google email address to create your account.

Just click on the Google Sign-in buttons to begin.

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Be Smart Kids Launches New Online Learning System

  • Free month of access
  • No Credit Card required to enroll.
  • We do not share your email address.
  • We only email you for account maintenance purposes or at your request.

What is involved in enrolling?

We only need your name, email address and a password. If you decide to continue using Be Smart Kids: Cloud, we’ll ask for a payment after your free period has expired.

We give you 31 days of access for only $7.99. It is a pay-as-you-go service. You can purchase an entire year of access for $79.99 – which will save you $14.99 over an entire year!

Dallas study shows benefits of early childhood education

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

High-quality preschool programs can help children from low-income communities be more successful in elementary school, initial results from a study show.
Researchers found that students in the Dallas school district who had received services from certain early childhood education programs outperformed their classmates from similar backgrounds, officials said.

“What it told us was that first- and second-graders were not only on task but exceeded the average in math and reading. That was critical to us because we know that just because they’re poor doesn’t mean they can’t learn,” said Merriott Terry, president and chief executive officer of Educational First Steps, a Dallas nonprofit organization that sponsored the study.

The study was conducted by the University of Texas at Dallas, and more complete results are expected next month.

Background

The study looked at students in kindergarten through second grade who had attended preschool centers affiliated with Educational First Steps.

An analysis of data showed that those students scored higher on standardized tests in reading and math than their peers, said Richard Scotch, professor of sociology and public policy at UT-Dallas.

Educational First Steps supports early childhood education for disadvantaged children up to age 5.

The group works with about 70 Dallas-area child-care centers to improve educational programs by providing one-on-one mentoring and training to teachers, supplying learning tools and materials, and giving teacher scholarships for certificates and degrees in early childhood education.

Summit

The impact of high-quality early education, particularly for lower-income children, will be a key topic Friday at the Early Education Summit at the World Trade Center in Dallas. The event is expected to draw more than 150 community leaders, elected officials and child-care administrators.

On Saturday, nearly 350 area caregivers and early education providers will meet for a daylong conference at the trade center. Registration is closed for the summit.

Online: www.childcaregroup.org , www.educationalfirststeps.org

http://www.star-telegram.com/dallas_blanks/story/882756.html

Posted on Thu, Sep. 04, 2008
By JESSAMY BROWN – jessamybrown@star-telegram.com

EARLY CHILDHOOD

BE SMART KIDS CURRICULUM BEGINS TEACHING CHILDREN WHEN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH HAS PROVEN THEY LEARN BEST!

Be Smart Kids curriculum software has proven to be very effective in helping young children develop strong minds. After 18 months of immersion in Be Smart Kids, students have scored in the upper echelons of national standardized testing. They have demonstrated reading and math scores as much as three grade levels above their peers.

The genius of Be Smart Kids is its focus on introducing the learning process during the best learning time in a child’s life: birth to age 6. This is a once-in-a-lifetime window of learning opportunity that once closed, is
lost forever.

Be Smart Kids is a comprehensive, instructional program that combines scientific methodology, state-of-the-art technology, and best teaching practices. More than a decade of research and design has gone into the development of the Be Smart Kids Learning System. This unequaled computer-aided
learning process stimulates every area of the brain during the period when the “window of opportunity” for learning is best; from birth to six years.

Be Smart Kids meets and exceeds State and Federal Early Childhood Education Standards. Click on one of the links below for a full listing.

Section 1: Language Understanding
Section 2: Literacy
Section 3: Math
Section 4: Social Studies
Section 5: Creative
Section 6: Social Emotional
Section 7: Physical

EARLY CHILDHOOD BRAIN STIMULATION

Be Smart Kids teaches children when scientific research has proven they learn best!


Unstimulated
Brain

Stimulated
Brain

When the brain’s neurons fire often enough, a permanent connection is formed. That’s what scientists call “hard-wiring the brain”. The more connections become permanent, the more work the brain can do. But the window of opportunity is brief.

Be Smart Kids Used in Outreach

It is a beautiful thing to see: not only children benefiting from Be Smart Kids but the adults who work with them benefiting too!


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Be Smart Kids is Starting Education Early and Sees Benefits

Start Early – Stay Ahead!

The key to smart children is starting education early. Our process begins as early as 12 to 18 months. Whether you begin at age 18 months or 4 years, it is important to begin early.

Be Smart Kids produces the necessary tools that wire the brain of a young child during the early years when the window of opportunity for learning is greatest, 0-6 years. Most early learning software produced will not give a child the necessary tools to maximize this early learning potential. To build lifelong learning skills, young minds need so much more that ABC’s and 123’s.

Be Smart Kids teaches more than ABC’s and 123’s. We give children lifelong learning skills. BSK teaches children How to Learn .

Be Smart Kids educators merged science, technology and best teaching practices to build a unique process that addresses the window of opportunity for learning during the early years.
Take a look at what is taught…

  

Be Smart Kids software has proven to be effective in helping young children develop strong minds. Students who have used Be Smart Kids have tested in the 99th National Percentile and have reading and math scores as much as 3 grade levels above their peers.

What is the difference between Be Smart Kids and other early learning software?

The difference is Be Smart Kids’ Unique Methodology, built right into the software. Our fun, learning, interactive exercises are strategically placed in lesson plans that build one concept on top of another. This allows for the child to build math and reading skills through a natural progression.

Our learning exercises use the Four Senses: Sight, Sound, Voice, and Touch , to stimulate the young mind. The child Sees the symbols, Hears the sounds, Says the sounds and reinforces through Touch.

 


Unstimulated Brain

Stimulated Brain

 

There is proven scientific evidence that the more the brain is used at an early age in the proper way, the more the brain will be wired for learning that will last a lifetime.

 

Be Smart Kids offers..

  • 750+ learning activities & 4 levels.
  • Designed to provide many years of learning
  • Motor skills
  • Spatial/Visual skills
  • Memory
  • Follow direction
  • Attention span
  • Social/Emotional skills
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Language
  • Math and logic
  • Second language
  • History
  • Science

…and much more – in only 30 minutes per week. Be Smart Kids builds all educational concepts up through the 1st Grade. Children learn at their own pace. Research shows “Be Smart Kids” perform an average of 3 grades levels above their peers.

 

The Bottom Line

If you order Be Smart Kids, you will be giving your child an educational advantage. Starting early develops a strong mind for future learning.

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Brain Development 101

Stages of Critical Brain Development

Birth to 6 months old
Brain growth is unmatched during the first six months of life. The most critical windows during this stage are vision, vocabulary, and emotional development. Because the windows for vision and emotions shut so early, it is important to pay attention to them during this stage.

6 to 12 months old
With connections primarily established for sight, the critical windows during this stage are speech and emotional development. The foundations for governing emotions are established. Language capacity grows tremendously during this period, and this is a good time to introduce the natural sounds of other languages.

12 to 18 months old
Most of the critical windows of human brain development are open during this stage. At no other time is the brain so receptive and responsive. Many of the neurological connections that govern a lifetime of skill and potential are beginning to take shape.

18 to 24 months old
Children in this stage are gaining more control of their bodies, and their motor skills are developing. They are becoming more aware of other people’s feelings and beginning to learn to share. Language and vocabulary remain important. Attention should be given to math and logic as well.

2 to 3 years old
By the age of three, much of a child’s brain growth and density is complete. The brain patterns that will guide a child’s development are already well established. The critical windows for some skills such as speech begin to close, so vocabulary building is important. Brain patterns for music begin to develop at the end of this stage.

3 to 5 years old
Between the ages of three and five, most of the remaining critical windows in a child’s brain development begin to close. There appears to be a connection between the brain patterns stimulated by music and the part of the brain used to understand spatial concepts in math. The brain patterns created while learning a musical instrument between ages 3 and 10 are hard-wired for life.

Additional Information
Explore these links to learn more about early childhood development.

NEWSHOUR-Child’s Play
Lee Hochberg of Oregon Public Television reports Recent scientific studies have found that the human brain does much of its development in a child’s first three years of life.

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
At birth, almost all the neurons that the brain will ever have are present…By the age of 2 years old, the brain is about 80% of the adult size.

History

Donna Blevins, a mother of three, former teacher, and public official, observed the challenges of the American educational system and resolved to devote herself to improving it. Applying the latest research on early childhood learning and brain development, she began working on her home computer in 1991 to create a unique educational program. The result was a learning system that combined proven teaching methods and computer-aided technology to stimulate the human brain when learning capabilities are optimal.

That first year a computerized curriculum was built and tested by 12 families with young children. Buoyed by the system’s positive impact on the first users, Blevins began offering private lessons using her unique program in 1992.

Throughout the 1990s Blevins and a growing team of experts honed the process through practical use, additional research and development, and technological design improvements. More than 1,500 children were observed and their educational progress tracked as they used the Be Smart Kids learning system. In 1998 Dr. Robert McElrath, former Tennessee Commissioner of Education for Governor Lamar Alexander (who later served as U.S. Secretary of Education), came on board to help assess and build the process.

Ross Perot, owner of world-renowned technology company Perot Systems, was introduced to Be Smart Kids in 1999. An advocate of early childhood learning, he agreed to have his company design and build a computerized model for delivering the process worldwide. Ultimately, more than 50 of Perot’s computer experts from around the world spent nearly two years working on the design and later building the whole system. Perot was so pleased with the final product that he presented Be Smart Kids learning systems to the East Dallas Community Inner-City School, an innovative school that he supports.

With its incorporation in 1998, Be Smart Kids Inc. began opening learning centers, offering private lessons using the trademark learning system. The company also began licensing use of the system and training teachers for on-site learning centers at day care facilities, preschools, Head Start programs, and elementary schools. The home edition of the electronic learning system was introduced in 2001. Today the Be Smart Kids Learning System is in homes worldwide, enabling parents to harness the computer to develop their own child’s love for learning.