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Monday, September 29, 2014

Your Baby’s Brain, Part 1: Nurture Is As Important As Nature

The Huffington Post – Dr. Gail Cross

“Do you remember the exact moment you held your baby for the first time? I bet that you do. Most of us mothers can remember that moment as if it were yesterday.” (more)

Report: Today’s Families Vastly Different from 20, 50 Years Ago

Education News – Grace Smith

“Do families of today look anything like families of 50 or even 20 years ago? According to Today’s Catholic News, they do not. Now, with blended and extended families, divorce, remarriage, cohabitation, worldwide migration, economic turmoil and war, the old model of mother, father, and children is getting harder to find.” (more)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Back to school: How parents can fight the fear of math

CBC News – Janet Davison

“Education experts would say MacArthur is on to something, particularly in a world where angst over mathematics reigns supreme as Canadian students falter in international test results, and parents become flustered with teaching methods that are unfamiliar to those who grew up memorizing times tables.” (more)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

John Kitzhaber to begin big push for parents to tell stories to little kids

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“Kitzhaber and Umqua Bank executive Ray Davis will launch the “stORytime” campaign Monday at Bridger Elementary in Southeast Portland, Kitzhaber aides announced Friday.”(more)

Friday, September 26, 2014

‘Motor’ musts for every child

Herald Review – Tiffany Madsen

“Legos and playgrounds are for busy children that need things to capture their attention and use up energy, right? Wrong!…When children are playing on a playground, playing a sport, dancing or riding a bike, they are building and learning large muscles and large motor control. When children are playing Legos, dressing Barbies, buttoning and zipping clothes, drawing or playing Playdoh, they are building and learning fine motor and fine motor control…Parents just need the information and tools to recognize how to help…” (more)

Too much screen time is harmful for children; what can parents do?

Dallas News – Leslie Barker

“Screens and technology definitely serve a purpose…But the seven hours per day — up 2.5 hours over the last decade — estimated by the American Academy of Pediatrics that kids spend on entertainment media is having serious consequences. ” (more)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Wage Gap Starts With Less Knowledge, and Lower Expectations

The New York Times – Ron Lieber

“The girls of America seem to know less about money than boys, earn less and have lower expectations for their earnings going forward. And their parents may be partly to blame.” (more)

Can Just 30 Minutes a Day Make a Difference in a Child’s Education?

The Huffington Post – Rob Furman

“With anything a child wants to learn and master, there must be an allotted time for practice…Homework is practice. You should practice at least 30 minutes a day on your academics just as you would an instrument or a sport…Parents must be active participants in their child’s academic career…You can be an active participant by making sure you remind them to do the homework, by seeing to it that it gets completed, and by reviewing the homework…” (more)

How To Communicate With Your Child’s Teacher Effectively

FOXCT – Doug Stewart

“Connecting with their teacher is the most important school related thing a parent can do for their child, especially early on in the school year. For a parent to establish a strong connection with a teacher early helps form a united front in which the child realizes both his parent and teacher are on the same nurturing team.” (more)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It’s Time to Reimagine School Information

Education Next – John Bailey and Tom Vander Ark

“Federal law requires that all 50 states publish an annual report card for every public school in the state. But presenting complex student and school performance data in a format that meets federal and state requirements, is accessible across multiple platforms, and is user-friendly is an incredibly daunting task. Many state departments of education may not have the capacity to handle what is essentially a design issue, especially at a time when state resources are limited and the demands on departments are many.” (more)