Category: Parenting & Education

Neuroscience and Epigenetics Increasingly Support Nurture over Nature

- A big recurrent question in the field of education is to know which has the greater effect on a child’s brain development: nature or nurture? Research in neuroscience and genetics has an increasing inclination to nurture over nature. A growing number of studies underline the importance of quality bonding time of children with other human beings from …
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ChildUp Early Learning Quote #236: Early Stimulation…

       

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Early Education Has More Importance Than Was Assumed in the Last Century

- There is a growing consensus among scientists and educators that early childhood education is much more important than people used to believe not too long ago. Until the later half of the last century, the best day care centers still used to be essentially about keeping young children clean, fed, and well-behaved. Today, even …
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ChildUp Early Learning Quote #235: Bringing Up the Next Generation…

       

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ChildUp Early Learning Quote #234: Parental Attention…

       

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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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ChildUp Early Learning Quote #233: If your Parents Don’t Care Enough…

       

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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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ChildUp Early Learning Quote #232: Children Who Became Poor Readers…

       

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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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