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Thursday, October 23, 2014

STEAM Day keeps Families aware of importance of learning

Belvoir Eagle – Adrienne Anderson

““STEAM Day is about awareness and getting parents to work with their children on science projects and learning so that they see how important it is to keep these things going…these are simple activities that you can do with your children at home — even as much as doing a cooking project and making it into a chemistry project. If (the parents) are excited about it, the children are excited about it and that will continue that excitement and learning.”” (more)

The 3 Best Ways to Boost Your Baby’s Language Development

The Huffington Post – Tracy Cutchlow

“Speak with your baby in a certain way, new research shows, and your baby is far more likely to pick up on language. The difference is big — more than double the vocabulary by age 2.” (more)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

From New York to California, Parents Frustrated with Common Core

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Parents across the country are facing complete and utter frustration over Common Core…SILive.com recently asked parents about their thoughts concerning Common Core standards. The response? Most parents believe their children to be “guinea pigs” of the government and are frustrated trying to help even their first-graders complete their homework.” (more)

Chronic Adversity Shapes Character

Brookings – Ross Thompson

“Young children adapt biologically and behaviorally to the conditions in which they are born because those conditions are likely to endure. Ensuring that those conditions improve for children facing chronic adversity is one way a compassionate society builds character strengths in its youngest citizens.” (more)

Do you know the 5 Rs of early education?

Philly.com – Anna Nguyen

“In June, the AAP issued a new recommendations on early literacy that emphasized “reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships”…And now the AAP has more information for parents…” (more)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Multicultural classroom: Educators encourage foreign language courses in changing times

Lubbock Online – Josie Musico

“Texas graduation requirements include two years of a foreign language. Taking more than that as electives, though, is never a bad idea, say administrators..” (more)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Erin Stewart: What my husband has taught me about parenting

The Deseret News – Erin Stewart

“When I was a new mom, I was often horrified by the way my husband parented our children. He tossed them way too high in the air, fed them the weirdest concoctions like goldfish-and-peanut-butter sandwiches, and never seemed to worry about bedtimes.” (more)

Medications mistakes common among young children

Reuters – Andrew M. Seaman

“Roughly every eight minutes from 2002 through 2012, a child in the U.S. experienced a medication mistake, according to a new study of calls to poison control hotlines.” (more)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

You Can Teach a Two-Year-Old How to Save

Time – Sean P. Lee

“Worried about your children’s retirement? With the help of a few carnival tickets, says one financial adviser, you can get them started early on saving.” (more)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

How to Save Future Generations From Financial Illiteracy

U.S. News & World Report – Odysseas Papadimitriou

“What does it say about our kids’ future when the majority U.S. parents feel their children do not know the basics of sound money management? It’s worrisome to say the least, and that is why we must begin teaching young people the tenets of financial literacy as early as possible.” (more)