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Cuddling – Skin-to-Skin Care – Has Benefits to Both Baby and Mom

– The positive effects of cuddling on infants have long been known. It helps their brain development and strengthens their feelings of attachment. Mom’s contact is one of the greatest medicine for a newborn. But what about mom herself? Well, according to science, cuddling, skin-to-skin care (SSC) or Kangaroo Care …
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How to Help your Children Develop Strong Early Math Skills

– Nowadays, most parents know all the importance of early language development, so they do a lot to help their young children in this domain. But numeracy skills are also important, perhaps even more than literacy skills. Teaching basic math not only prepare children for school, it’s also the indispensable …
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The Problem with Math Isn’t the Kids

– In the Canadian Province of Ontario, “inquiry-based learning” and teachers’ poor background in math seem to be the main culprits of a decade of decline in elementary math school scores. Most education experts agree that students are not the problem. In Ontario, any discussion about the dismal math school …
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UNICEF: Many Young Kids Are Deprived of Early Learning and Play Activities with their Dads

– According to a new UNICEF study covering 74 countries, more than 55% of 3 to 4 year old kids have dads who do not engage in early teaching and play activities with them. This analysis shows that a lot of fathers neglect the crucial role they should play with …
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Study: Why Preschoolers Need to Develop Academic Skills

– Until recently, research in early childhood education was mainly centered on disadvantaged kids while gauging the gap (as big as a full school year on average at kindergarten entry) between kids from low-income and higher-income backgrounds. But according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, the …
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Why You Should Read to your 6 Month Old Baby

– According to a New York University study that followed around 250 mother-child pairs for four years, infants who were read to at the age of 6 months had better vocabulary abilities at the age of 4, and toddlers who were read to at the age of 24 months showed …
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Children Need Academic-Oriented Preschool to Be Kindergarten-Ready

– School reformers are pushing to expand public kindergarten towards more academic standards and an increasing number of children are exposed earlier and earlier to basic math and language. On one hand, this trend is worrying some education experts and parents who think that such young kids should be playing …
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What Is the “Baby-PISA” or “Mini-PISA” Early Learning Assessment Program?

– PISA, the Program for International Student Assessment of 15-year-old students, is followed by a growing number of countries as a benchmark to compare their progress in education. Now, it seems that – finally – the world is beginning to understand all the importance of “early education” as well. The …
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Why You Should Praise your Kids Five Times a Day

– According to a new study by researchers at De Montfort University in England, praising children five times a day for their good behavior will help them thrive. The research showed that the children of parents using this kind of measure benefited from better well-being and lower hyperactivity and inattention …
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Smartphones and Tablets Hinder the Development of Toddlers’ Language Skills

– According to a new study from the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, putting infants and toddlers in front of tablets and smartphones before the age of two can significantly hinder the development of their language abilities. In the UK, for example, kids under …
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