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Friday, September 19, 2014

Mother’s thyroid level ‘may predict child’s poor maths’

BBC News – Staff Writer

“Children born to mothers who have low levels of thyroid hormones during pregnancy tend to do worse in maths in early primary school, a study says.” (more)

Friday, August 29, 2014

When it comes to a growing child, the brain comes first

Philly.com – Robert Preidt

“Young children grow much more slowly than other mammals because their developing brains require so much energy to prepare for the challenges of later life, a new study contends.” (more)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Are elementary school start times too early for young children?

Floyd County Times – Staff Writer

“…the research was led by Peggy S. Keller, UK associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She found that earlier school start times were associated with lower standardized test scores, poorer attendance, lower school rank and school under-performance.” (more)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

NPR – Jon Hamilton

“”The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed,” he says…But to produce this sort of brain development, children need to engage in plenty of so-called free play, Pellis says.” (more)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TV Background Noise Harms Children’s Development; Some Educational Programs OK

Medical Daily – Matthew Mientka

“Yet another study shows that background television noise may harm a child’s learning and development, as electronic screens continue to proliferate in the home.” (more)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Autism Remains a Mystery, but Help May Be on the Horizon

The American Association for the Advancement of Science – Earl Lane

“Researchers have not been able to pinpoint the causes of autism, although both genetics and environment likely play a role. The search for a single gene that causes autism has turned up instead dozens of genes associated with the disorder…” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Double Dose of Math Has Diminishing Returns, Study Finds

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“Doubling up on math classes for a year may help middle school students in the short term, but the benefits of doing so depreciate over time—and are likely not worth the price of missing out on instruction in other subjects, according to a new study…” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The amazing benefits of learning a new language

A Healthier Michigan – Staff Writer

“It’s been proven that speaking multiple languages growing up can have an impact on your life that goes way beyond being able to order food in foreign countries. For instance, those who speak two languages every day throughout their lives can delay the onset of dementia by up to four years.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Comprehensive Checklist of the 21st Century Learning and Work Skills

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“While searching for some resources on a paper and writing on the 21st century learning skills I came across this skills checklist created by the university of UToledo…Below is a round-up of the 9 most important skills which I selected from the entire list.” (more)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Playtime May Be More Important to Development Than Parents Thought

Education News – Grace Smith

“Professor Yuko Munakata of the University of Colorado…created a study to start the ball rolling toward an understanding of whether structured time or flexible time for children has an impact on their ability to “manage themselves”…When the children were evaluated…the results showed that the more time spent in unstructured activities, the better they were at executive functioning.” (more)