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Language Acquisition in Young Children

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015





If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Several studies have shown that young children from disadvantaged homes are more likely to enter school with a tremendous vocabulary gap when compared to their peers from more advantaged backgrounds.  Some experts estimate that the gap can mean about 30 [...]






Raising Brain Healthy Children

Friday, May 8th, 2015





Dr. Daniel Amen, director of Amen Clinics, a brain health practice, and his wife Tana have put together some videos on raising brain-healthy children through effective parenting.  They recently posted on their blog the first of a video series on effective parenting.  Part of their advice is a suggestion for how to eliminate homework struggles [...]






Advantage for Video Gamers

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015





While we are loath to admit it, another study suggests a benefit of playing video games.  A recent report on The Science Daily website explains that researchers from Brown University found that gamers who play a lot are likely to be “experts” of visual processing.   Associate professor (research) of cognitive, linguistic and psychological science, Yuka [...]






The Adolescent Brain

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015





Adolescence. Just the mere mention of the word brings shudders to most parents.  Some remember going through it with their previously delightful children.  Others have not experienced it yet, but they dread what could be their parenting nightmare!  Writing for the NPR blog Mind Shift, Cory Turner explains things that parents might be surprised to [...]






Why Children Need to Study Music

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015





A recent article on the Science Daily website reinforces proponents of maintaining arts programs in schools.  Researchers from Northwestern University “found that children who regularly attended music classes and actively participated showed larger improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers after two years.”  Sitting passively in music classes [...]






Digitally Savvy Young Children

Friday, March 13th, 2015





Today’s preschoolers don’t know a world without electronic media.  Understandably, they are drawn to tablets, smart phones, and computers.  As a matter of fact, much software and apps are devoted to this group.  In a recent NPR interview with Eric Westervelt, Dr. Dimitri Christakis, Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at [...]






Keys to Reading Well

Friday, March 6th, 2015





Educators often identify students early who will be proficient readers and who will have reading difficulties, but specific information about how students learn to read eludes them.  Having information like that could offer clues about precise interventions that could help weaker students become better readers.  Writing for The New Yorker, psychology and science blogger Maria [...]






Developing Early Literacy in Young Children

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014





Today’s youth were born into a high technology world; they have always been around electronic screens and had instant access to information.  It is not surprising, then, that many children have been exposed to sophisticated graphics and animations at a very young age, but a recent report on the Science Daily website explains that a [...]






Extra Benefit of More Physical Activity

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014





It’s common knowledge that regular physical activity is part of a healthy lifestyle, but there is another reason for parents to make sure that their children have physical activity:  “Just two hours of extra physical activity each week can improve school performance.” This finding is the outcome of a study described on the Science Daily [...]






Surprising Keys to Your Child’s Lucrative Careers

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014





Let’s face it: Shuttling children from activity to activity and monitoring homework sessions are exhausting parts of parenting.  It’s no wonder that some parents wonder if they shouldn’t cut out some of it.  New research suggests that perhaps all of this activity is helpful to their child’s future—as long as the child has good math [...]






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