Category: Parenting & Education

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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Investing in Nurseries Is Key to Improve Children’s Literacy and Numeracy Skills

– According to a recent study, 80 percent of teachers surveyed said that investing in nurseries is key to improve early speech and language skills, while one in seven of them believe that poor language abilities during the early years has a lifelong impact. On the other hand, 78 percent …
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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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For Young Children, Content Is More Important Than Screen Time

– As every parent knows today, too much screen time is bad for their children. But how much screen time is too much? And how much can living in the virtual world be detrimental to a child’s development? Experts answer: “it depends,” starting with the child’s age. For Matthew Johnson, …
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Many Jobs of the Future Require Strong STEM Skills

– Students of the great New Orleans region (Louisiana) are still struggling in transitioning from school to their professional career, especially into highly technical jobs whose number is rising fast, a trend expected to continue in the future. In the great New Orleans region, over the next 10 years only, …
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Mixed-Age Head Start Classes Hurt Academic Progress of Older Students

– Head Start is a US preschool program aiming to promote the school readiness of 3 to 5 year old children from low-income families. According to a recent national study, the fact that most Head Start classrooms include pupils of mixed ages impairs the good academic development of older children. …
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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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Why It’s Important to Read Aloud Early – Again and Again – to your Children

– As many parents know well, children like to be read aloud to the same books again and again. Children benefit a lot from this kind of re-reading, this helps them learn rhyming and predictive pattern. Research has shown that repeated reading of their favorite stories can boost a child’s vocabulary by up …
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STEM Gender Gap: Only 18% of Computer Science Degrees in the U.S. Go to Women

– In the U.S. today, only 18% of computer science degrees go to women – down from 37% thirty years ago. On the other hand, by 2020 the country will need 1.2 million jobs requiring this kind of competencies. All around the world, the number of women graduating in STEM (science, technology, engineering 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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