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India Sets the Good Example in Early Childhood Education

– India invests in early education as part of a national strategy, as do Bangladesh, China, Turkey, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malaysia. These are good examples of an important and rather recent trend. The leaders of these countries are fully aware – perhaps more than their counterparts …
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The “Mozart Effect” Is One of the Most Persistent Parenting Myths

– Parents who believe that classical music makes babies smarter are wrong. So far, there is no evidence that listening to Mozart or any other kind of music has any effect on skills that are not, well… musical. Listening to music does very little for developing overall intelligence over the …
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The Hechinger Report: What Parents and Teachers Should Know About Preschool Math

– Based on her research of how preschoolers learn numbers throughout first grade, Bethany Rittle-Johnson, a professor of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University (Tennessee), explained the most important elements of early math – some information that any parent and preschool teacher must know. According to Rittle-Johnson, learning about …
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ChildUp Preschool Math Lessons: Teach your Child to Count to 10!

  All 48 ChildUp Preschool Math Lessons are available in their dedicated Google+ Collection:     Preschool Math Lessons     Image: Lear’s Macaw – Indigo Macaw, by Edward Lear (Wikimedia)  

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Are Female Teachers Responsible for the Lack of Interest of Girls in STEM?

– Is the shortage of women in STEM jobs due to the anxiety and unconscious bias of female teachers about those disciplines? Although research has shown that girls can perform as well as boys in science, math, technology and engineering, the widespread and tenacious bias against female students persists, even starting as early …
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What Do the Smiles of Your Baby Mean

– Until the past century, infants’ early smiles were often considered as “just gas.” But according to new research, even if a newborn’s earliest ethereal grins are indeed only primitive impulses, first smiles are fundamental elements of emotional and social development, some of the first steps of lifelong social interactions. …
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The First 1,000 Days Are Vital for Your Baby

– Today, most parents know that the first years are of vital importance for their baby’s development, who needs the best care during this crucial time. Early experience has indeed a lifelong impact. According to Professor Kevin Nugent, founder and director of the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital and …
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How Technology Helps Scientists Understand Babies’ Brains at Babylab

– How can a scientist explore the brain of a baby who is still unable to speak nor follow any instruction? This is the big challenge encountered by researchers at the Birkbeck Babylab in London. In the first two years, an infant’s brain undergoes more changes than at any later time in life. While consciousness, personality, temperament and …
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Dyslexia Is Often Completely Misunderstood and Inappropriately Treated

– “Dyslexia” is used to define someone with reading difficulties. Researchers specializing in this domain say that they often read articles and hear conversations showing that dyslexia and the means to treat it are completely misunderstood. In relation with Dyslexia Empowerment Week, whose aim is to raise awareness and understanding of the disorder, experts highlight: …
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The Critical Period When Everything Can Turn Right or Wrong for your Baby

– Human babies are born with incredibly sophisticated brains that look exactly like adult brains, even if they are four times smaller. Then, in the first three years of life, the infant’s brain will triple in size. According to neuroscientists and child development experts, the baby’s brain malleability is at …
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