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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Study: Babies’ brains practice language use

The Yakima Herald – Meeri Kim

“Researchers at the University of Washington are a step closer to unraveling the mystery of how babies learn how to speak. They had a group of 7- and 11-month old infants listen to a series of syllables while sitting in a brain scanner. Not only did the auditory areas of their brains light up as expected but so did a region crucial to forming higher-level speech, called Broca’s area.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Being bilingual: Parents see benefit in early language learning

Needham Wicked Local – Jonathan Dame

“…research produced in the last five to 10 years had shown bilingual upbringings to be beneficial for cognitive development. Bilingualism from a young age can boost executive function – skills like planning and self-control – and strengthen linguistic abilities such as understanding metaphors and synonyms…” (more)

‘Good mothering’ hardwires infant brain

ANI News – Staff Writer

” A study has revealed that the mother’s presence, social interactions and her nurturing role directly moulds the early neural activity and growth of the infant’s brain.” (more)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two Great Classroom Posters on the Six Thinking Hats

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“For De Bono intelligence is the potential of the human brain and thinking is the skill to tap into this potential. In order for kids and students to better benefit from the potential of their brains, they need to be taught the skill of thinking. To this end, De Bono puts forward this uniquely positive approach to unscramble the thinking process:” (more)

Hand-Wringing Over Handwriting

Pacific Standard – Ted Scheinman

“The benefits of writing by hand, and doing so from a young age, are fundamental: improved and sustained development in social skills, hand-eye coordination, long-term memory.” (more)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Infants Begin Learning Speech Mechanics Long Before Their First Word; Speaking To Them Early Is Key To Language Development

Medical Daily – Anthony Rivas

“Babies are wonderful beings. Sure, they scream and cry uncontrollably, dribble everywhere, and you’re cleaning up after them constantly. But put all that to the side, and what you’re left with is a lovable little thing that always seems to be learning something new — it’s rather impressive, actually.” (more)

Modern languages ‘recovery programme’ urged by MPs

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“All parties should make an election pledge to improve teaching and learning of modern languages in the UK, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said.” (more)

Too Much Technology Is Bad for the Brain

The Huffington Post – Steve Nelson

“Many so-called educational reformers see technology as the panacea for what ails education in America, but technology is more a cause of what ails education than a cure for it. The cognitive risk of abandoning handwriting is a small manifestation of a huge problem.” (more)

Friday, July 11, 2014

10 Reasons Every Child Should Learn a Second Language

Kudo! – Julia Hrobon

“The benefits of bilingualism or multilingualism are especially pertinent to children, as their brains are not yet fully developed and thus their brain’s wiring can more easily change with the addition of another language. Although not an exhaustive list, here are ten reasons every child should learn a second language:” (more)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Study: Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children’s Executive Functioning

Education Week – Ellen Wexler

“When children spend more time in structured activities, they get worse at working toward goals, making decisions, and regulating their behavior, according to a new study. Instead, kids might learn more when they have the responsibility to decide for themselves what they’re going to do with their time.” (more)