Category: Child Brain Development

Do Preschoolers Need to Learn Math?

- Two decades ago, a very small percentage of four-year-old children were taught math at home or in preschool. In 1998, as few as 4% of kids entering kindergarten in the US had some knowledge about addition and subtraction. This situation has radically changed: Nowadays, math is part of practically any pre-K …
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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 Kids Should Learn Foreign Languages as Young as Three

- According to an outdated assumption, teaching foreign languages to toddlers was a waste of time. On the contrary, recent research by Harvard University found that learning additional languages at a very young age brings amazing intellectual benefits in strengthening fundamental skills like critical thinking, creativity and mental agility. – The Harvard research demonstrates …
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Neurobiologist Michael Meaney Won Major Prize for his Pioneering Research on Child’s Development

- In October, 2014, McGill University and Douglas Mental Health University Institute neurobiologist Michael Meaney, a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, won the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize (CA$1.16 million) awarded by the Zurich-based Jacobs Foundation, an international organization dedicated to the contribution of productive …
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Fun Ways to Boost your Child’s Brain Development – from Michigan State University

- In the earliest years, the human brain grows at an explosive rate. Young children are continuously interacting with their environment and the people around them. Pushed by their indefatigable curiosity, preschoolers are ready to try everything, always testing limits and asking a lot of questions. This period is key for the proper development of social …
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Nature vs Nurture: The Paradigm Shift in Early Childhood Development

- We are on the verge of a paradigm shift in matters of children’s education. Scientific research is continuously bringing up more evidence that the human brain is shaped by both our genes and the interactions we have with our environment; and that the early years are really crucial for a child’s development. This critical time sets …
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