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Friday, December 19, 2014

GoldieBlox Video Tells Parents To Encourage Daughters To Take Risks, Not Fear Failure

The Huffington Post – Caroline Bologna

“GoldieBlox, the construction toy company that aims to inspire future female engineers, has included empowering music for girls in their past commercials and promos. Now, the brand has tapped rock singer Emily Haines of the band Metric to compose an original song for a new animated video… In the video, text captions explain the importance of teaching girls to take risks and embrace failure.”(more)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

4 lessons your baby needs to learn in the first 2 years of life

Deseret News – Andy Smithson

“The building of strong children begins from conception, long before we ever look into the eyes of our little one. There is nothing so important in any of our lives as the responsibility to act in ways that build strong children…There are a few things that our kids need to learn in their first two years of life. If we teach them nothing else in those first couple years of life, let’s teach them these four lessons.”(more)

Consider giving the gift of free play

SF Gate – Jerry R. Salerno

“With the holiday shopping season in full swing, many of us with children in our lives will wonder what gift we can give that is meaningful yet fun. Ironically, the most valuable gift is already at your fingertips. It’s the gift of play — old-fashioned, free playtime. Free or unstructured play is dynamic, organic and child-directed. She or he plans the play, mixes the imaginary with the real world and creates a unique experience. Children who play freely develop intellectually, emotionally and socially. They learn to solve problems, negotiate with others and practice self-control.”(more)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Secrets to raising a smarter baby

Chicago Parent – Robert Ruderman, M.D.

“Happy, healthy adults often start out as “smart babies.” While many new parents are anxious to raise a “smart baby,” recent findings have revealed concerning trends. Specifically, one in three children start Kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read.(1) In addition, two out of three children in the U.S. fail to develop reading proficiency by the end of third grade.(2) As it turns out, there actually are steps to take to reduce or eliminate these problems. There are three critical steps that, when done together, can start your child on the road for a lifetime of cognitive, social and emotional health. They are: 1. Start early 2. Be there 3. Interact using the five R’s”(more)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Baby Brains

The National Geographic – Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

“In the late 1980s, when the crack cocaine epidemic was ravaging America’s cities, Hallam Hurt, a neonatologist in Philadelphia, worried about the damage being done to children born to addicted mothers. She and her colleagues, studying children from low-income families, compared four-year-olds who’d been exposed to the drug with those who hadn’t. They couldn’t find any significant differences. Instead, what they discovered was that in both groups the children’s IQs were much lower than average. “These little children were coming in cute as buttons, and yet their IQs were like 82 and 83,” Hurt says. ‘Average IQ is 100. It was shocking.'”(more)

Social media access challenges parents, educators

E-School News – Zach Tyler

“With smartphones and tablet and laptop computers now as common as pencils and notebooks in many classrooms, schools and parents alike are having to figure out how to guide students’ use of technology.”(more)

Monday, December 15, 2014

We learn grammar before we start talking

Basque Research – Javier Urtasun

“Months before enunciating their first words, babies focus on acquiring language. Moreover, the process is different depending whether the infant is part of a bilingual environment or is immersed in a single-tongue one. These are some of the conclusions that have been drawn from two research studies on the effects of context on language perception and production carried out at the BabyLab of the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL), in the city of Donostia-San Sebastian.”(more)

The Language of Life: The gift of language

The News and Observer – Angela Jackson

“I was recently at a holiday party sharing my work with Global Language Project. As I explained our mission – to equip students with a second language in order to open the world to them and prepare them for the global workforce – the host, who is a mother of three, said, “I get it, I’m from Europe.” I gave her a look of knowing because 56 percent of Europeans consider themselves bilingual, versus only 15 percent of Americans. Speaking a second language in Europe allows people much needed mobility.”(more)

Prenatal Exposure to Household Chemicals May Reduce Kids’ IQ

Pysch Central – RICK NAUERT PHD

“A new study finds that children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common household chemicals had a significantly lower IQ score than children exposed at lower levels.”(more)

Two Years Later, Still Learning From Sandy Hook

NPR – Jeff Cohen

“It’s been two years since a gunman killed his mother at home and then opened fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 first-graders, six educators and himself. People in Connecticut are still hashing out just how parents and educators should handle children like Adam Lanza.”(more)