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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Language of Life: Five ways to reignite your child’s language learning

The State – Angela Jackson

“I have had several mothers ask how to keep their children interested in the target language they are learning once the novelty wears off and they are just digging in their heels, refusing to speak in the second language. I reassure moms that this resistance is part of the language-learning journey. A language is not learned overnight: it takes years to develop a high proficiency. If I use myself as an example, high proficiency has become a life-long pursuit.”(more)

Rise of Twitter and Facebook ‘makes it impossible for parents to send naughty children to their bedroom’

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“Parents can no longer punish naughty children by sending them to their bedroom because of the rise of Twitter and Facebook, according to a leading private school headmistress.”(more)

Monday, November 24, 2014

How to stay involved in your child’s education

WPRI – Tracy Martin-Turgeon

“Parents are the most important teacher a child will have. Studies have shown that, parents who are involved in a child’s education benefit from higher self-esteem, perform better in school, have fewer behavioral problems and increase motivation. Parents have many opportunities to be involved in their child’s education.”(more)

Study reveals steps to kindergarten prep

E-School News – Staff Writer

“An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows.”(more)

Teach your students the right way to Google

E-School News – Kelly Maher

“In the age of the split-second Google search, it’s more critical than ever to train students to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.”(more)

Soda Or Energy Drinks: Which Is Worse For Kids’ Health?

Medical Daily – Samantha Olson

“Between the bright colors, cartoons, commercials, and accessibility, energy drinks and sodas are a health hazard for children. Energy drinks are popular among teenagers and college kids, and if they have a little sibling watching them guzzle down these sugary, caffeinated drinks, they may want one, too. Consuming too much caffeine can cause adverse health effects, however, and a child’s little body is much more susceptible to the dangers of energy concoctions.”(more)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Multilingual myths: Is it ever too early for a child to learn a second language?

Chicago Now – Aimee Thompson

“Before we had children, my husband and I talked about our hopes and dreams for them – like would-be-parents tend to do. Even without a child in our arms, we had clear visions for our family. And, one thing we both wanted was to raise multilingual children.”(more)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Parents can help toddlers with slow language skills catch up, Stanford psychologist says

Health Canal – Bjorn Carey

“Early results from a program designed by Stanford psychologists show that educating parents on how to talk with their toddlers can improve the kids’ language development.”(more)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Parental involvement still essential in secondary school

Medical Xpress – Anthony Moore

“”The key findings here are that parents should always be involved, but they need to give great thought as to how they are involved and the manner in which they stay involved as the child ages.””(more)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bringing Up Bilingual Toddlers

BrainBlogger – Lorena Nessi, PhD, MA

“Bilingual children have been shown in studies to possess better memory, attention span, problem solving and decision making abilities, listening and multi-tasking skills and an easier adjustment to environmental changes from the age of seven months onwards. The benefits continue throughout life…there’s some fairly established advice as to how to raise bilingual children.”(more)