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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Study Shows Kids Know Difference Between Reality, Imagination

Education News – Misty Bailey

“During this time of year children will hear tales about elves, dwarves, and magic rings. Stories will be told full of fantasy, fiction, and magic. They will include Santa, Old Father Time, and Baby New Year…But what do kids really think about magic?”(more)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Nurturing may protect kids from brain changes linked to poverty

YottaFire – Press Release

“Growing up in poverty can have long-lasting, negative consequences for a child…The good news, according to the researchers, is that a nurturing home life may offset some of the negative changes in brain anatomy among poor children. And the findings suggest that teaching nurturing skills to parents — particularly those living in poverty — may provide a lifetime benefit for their children.”(more)

Childhood obesity project aims to help families make diet changes

Journal Star – Zach Berg

“Dr. Amy Christison is concerned over the health of America’s kids. The pediatric specialist at UnityPoint Health-Methodist tends to kids and their families every day at work and sees a cloudy future for the children…”Obesity rates for Americans on a whole may be stagnant, but they’re still growing for preschoolers. That’s a real problem.”"(more)

Monday, December 23, 2013

How To Build An Indestructible Gingerbread House

NPR – Maanvi Singh and Thomas Andrew Gustafson

“Here’s the thing about gingerbread houses. You labor over them for hours. You painstakingly decorate them with gumdrops and candy canes.”(more)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Why and how parents choose schools

Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Andy Smarick

“The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently released a study that seeks to better understand the decision-making processes of parents who send their children to private schools… It shows that low-income and minority families care deeply about the performance of their kids’ schools…This is part of the reason I no longer believe in neighborhood assigned schools for low-income families. They deserve and need educational choice—not just what others think is good for them.”(more)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

8 Ways Your Kid Can Be Thankful This Thanksgiving

Pacific Preschool & Kindergarten – Lynda Way

“The spirit of Thanksgiving is about expressing thanks for good fortune and donating to the less fortunate. This year get your whole family involved in donating time, food or money in the community and spreading kindness so that your kids have the opportunity to be thankful during the holiday season. Here are 8 ways that will help teach your kid to have a thankful heart:”(more)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

School exams: Mom and Dad were right — research proves cramming for tests is bad

The Star – Louise Brown

“According to heavy-hitters in brain research gathered this week at McMaster University for a symposium on how students learn, the more you spread study sessions over time, the deeper the material will take root in your mind.”(more)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Early Childhood Educators Hold Key to Children’s Communication Skills

Science Daily – Claudia Rowe

“Researchers at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute have completed a new examination of peer-reviewed science that reveals how early childhood educators can ignite the growth of language and communication skills in infants and toddlers.”(more)

How A California Law To Encourage Vaccination Could Backfire

NPR – Nancy Shute

“California has a new law that’s supposed to get more of the state’s children vaccinated against measles, whooping cough and other infectious diseases. But the law has taken a strange turn on its way to being put into action, one that may instead make it easier for parents to exempt their children from required vaccinations”(more)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Pain of Piano Lessons: Can You Force Kids to Develop Interests?

Time – Annie Murphy Paul

“In recent years researchers have begun to build a science of interest, investigating what interest is, how interest develops, what makes things interesting, and how we can cultivate interest in ourselves and others. Interest has the power to transform struggling performers, and to lift high achievers to a new plane.”(more)