Category: Parenting & Education

Phonics – Sounding Out Words – Is the Most Effective Method to Learn Reading

– How children should learn to read is an old and intense controversy. Researchers from Royal Holloway University of London and the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit wanted to know which is more efficient in learning to read, is it by sounding out words or by guessing whole-word meaning. …
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Preschool and Kindergarten Are the New First Grade

– A large new study has found that basic academic skills are learned earlier and earlier. In 2013, for example, children starting first grade had significantly better reading abilities than the pupils of the same age had at the beginning of the century. Another good news, even disadvantaged students improved …
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Early Learning Is Key for Children’s Success

– Neuroscience has found that a vast majority of the human brain is developed during the early years. On the other hand, two out of five American children are not enrolled in any preschool program. According to numbers provided by the National Center for Children in Poverty, in the United …
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Crying Babies Are Made, Not Born

– According to a new study, Danes, Germans and Japanese babies cry the least, while their peers in the UK, Italy and Canada cry the most. Denmark is not only the second best country to live in for women, but it also has the best healthcare system in Europe and …
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One-Third of Speech Disorders Are Overlooked by Preschool Teachers

– A good number of parents face a disturbing prospect, the risk of their child having a speech disorder which was not detected during preschool or early years of primary school. Speech disorders typically happen during the early years and consist of difficulties in hearing, understanding and producing sounds in speech. They are …
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What Happens When You Gaze into your Baby’s Eyes

– When you gaze into your baby’s eyes, something pretty amazing happens; she or he is looking back at you. From the earliest days, intelligence and emotion are already at work behind those two cute big eyes. The emotional and cognitive abilities that start developing in a newborn’s brain from …
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You Really Should Hold and Touch and Cuddle your Baby as Much as Possible

– For decades, a lot of people used to believe and repeat that if you pick up your baby too often they will get “spoiled.” Fortunately, a growing number of parents are now aware how absurd this counter-intuitive assumption is. On the contrary, as a recent study has shown, the …
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Why Children Must Start Learning Math Before Kindergarten

– According to the National Research Council, the earlier children – as young as preschoolers – are exposed to math learning, the better they will eventually succeed academically. During the previous decades, a strong focus has been placed on early literacy development, and this was a great move. However, research …
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Too Much TV Harms Children’s Math Skills and School Readiness

– According to a recent research by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in collaboration with Canadian University Sainte-Anne, watching more than two hours of TV per day is detrimental to school readiness, especially for children from low-income families. Such alarming results should incite parents to limit …
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Why the Gains of Preschool Can Fade So Fast?

​- Drew Bailey, an assistant professor, and Greg Duncan, a professor in the School of Education at the University of California, and Candice Odgers, a professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, reviewed data from 67 high-quality interventions about literacy and math skills development. The researchers found …
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