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The “Word Gap”: Parents Can Boost their Babies’ and Toddlers’ Language Development

- The early results of a program created by Stanford psychologists reveal that teaching parents how to talk to their young children can enhance the language development of their offspring. Research has revealed that the toddlers who were told lesser words during their early years process language slower than their peers who …
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How to Boost the Language Development of your Baby

- A recent remarkable research revealed that the way we talk to very young children – the quality of words – is more important than the quantity of words. The babies and toddlers who have benefited from enhanced speech can have, by age 2, a vocabulary twice as large in comparison with …
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The “Quality of Words” Used with your Baby Counts More Than the “Quantity of Words”

- Two decades ago, a landmark study revealed that, by age 3, children from less-privileged families are already at an educational disadvantage even before they have started school. On average, those kids have heard 30 million fewer words than their peers from more affluent backgrounds. Though, a research published last spring …
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The Huge Long-Term Payoffs of Early Childhood Education

- According to a research by Katherine Magnuson of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and Greg Duncan, a professor at the University of California (Irvine), an intensive educational experience during the early years can generate huge returns. Investments in early childhood education are productive expenses that will be paid back later. The children …
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Many Teachers Still Believe That We Do Use Only 10% of our Brain!

- According to an old and persistently repeated assumption, human beings use only 10% of their brains. Science has long ago refuted this idea, but it nevertheless continues to be propagated as a truth. Much more disturbing is the fact, revealed in a recent survey conducted by Paul Howard-Jones at the University of Bristol, that the we-use-only-10%-of-our-brain myth is still …
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Why You Should Never Tell your Kids They Are Smart

- The brain is like a muscle and intelligence is not static: the more you use them, the stronger they become. When mistakes are made in processing a difficult task, for example, some neural connections are created while others are reinforced. So a good way to develop the brain is to …
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Why Math Drills and Practice Do Matter for Young Children

- Stanford University’s researchers studied how children’s brains grow in comparison with how they learn math during their schooling. The scientists discovered that as they became older, the students seemed to rely progressively more on fact retrieval than on counting numbers. Some physical changes in the developing brains were also remarkable: the neural …
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Protect your Children from the Pernicious Myth of Inborn Math Ability

- The idea that math ability is genetic, an inherited and fixed asset, is a pernicious myth that condemns many children to failure from the earliest years. This deep-seated assumption that being good at math is a gift can severely impair a kid’s schooling, career and life. Instead of perpetuating such a detrimental belief, …
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Change your Mindset: The Intelligence of your Child Is NOT Fixed at Birth!

- According to an old and persistent common belief, human intelligence is inborn, predetermined by genetics. No matter how much we study or how hard we work, our mind would be immutable. This cultural notion was radically challenged by Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, in her famous book “Mindset: …
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Parents, Not Children, Need Limits on Screen Time!

- The American Academy of Pediatrics advises zero screen time for children under two years old and a limit of two hours a day for those between the ages of 3 to 18. On the other hand it seems that, until today, few recommendations were made for parents’ screen time! An oversight amended by Catherine Steiner-Aidar, a psychologist and …
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