Category: Child Brain Development

The “30-Million-Word Gap” That Makes All the Difference for Children’s Success in School

- According to a 1995 study, children from low-income environments will have heard thirty million words less than their better-off peers by age 4, a number that makes a determining difference when school begins. Pupils with a limited vocabulary have weaker reading skills and thereby higher probabilities of lagging academically …
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Talk and Sing to your Fetus! Language Skills Development Starts in the Womb

- According to a new research on premature infants led by scientists at Harvard Medical School, a mother’s voice has a direct effect on the language skills development of her fetus. Hearing sounds – like words and music – is one of the first sensory experiences of a human being …
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Parent’s Education Has a Direct Impact on a Child’s Success in School

- According to a research conducted at New York University, the education level of mothers and fathers has a direct influence not only on their children’s academic performance, but also on the behaviors and social connections that lead a student to school success. This occurs as well with adopted kids …
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Which Skills Do Children Need to Succeed Nowadays?

- In a recent survey by Pew Research Center, a sample of American adults were asked to determine – among a list of 10 skills – which abilities kids need most to succeed in the world today. The result was clear: communication skills were ranked first, followed by reading, math, …
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Mothers Should Let Fathers Be More Involved in Boys’ Education

- According to parenting expert and former teacher Noël Janis-Norton, author of the new book “Calmer, Easier, Happier Boys”, mothers too possessive of their boys and who are reluctant to let men be strong father figures have a detrimental effect on their children’s upbringing. As role-models, fathers have a more …
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Early Math Education Is a Critical Piece of a Child’s Development

- The promotion of prekindergarten education was the main subject of discussion for more than 500 educators, scientists and business leaders who gathered for the Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference in Costa Mesa at the beginning of February. It was discussed that children who start learning …
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Nine-Month-Old Babies Are the Most Amazing Creatures on Earth

- For Sir David Attenborough, nine-month-old babies are the most amazing creatures on earth. Tanith Carey explains why infants’ development is so incredible. Babies are experts at making you love themAccording to scientists, evolution designed infants to capture our hearts, a big advantage when you are so little and vulnerable. …
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Why Babies and Toddlers Should Be “Screen Time” Deprived

- Michigan State University Extension does agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics: It’s really important to minimize TV-viewing time for children under two years old. A recommendation not only valid for television, but for all screen-devices, like tablets or other hand-held devices. Advice unfortunately not followed in practice since …
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For Children, Bedtime Math Is As Important As Bedtime Stories

- American students are regularly bested by other countries on international math tests. The way parents present math vs. reading to their kids is one of the main culprits. From the early years society already nourishes math anxiety, and many children meet math for the first time in kindergarten. Many …
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The Number Sense of a 12-Month-Old Child

- John Hopkins researcher Lisa Feigenson is specialized in the study of brain development, the fundamental processes of human cognition and memory, and children’s understanding about numbers. She is one of the four scientists who were recently rewarded (receiving the Troland Research Award) for extraordinary scientific achievement in neuroscience and psychological science …
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