"If we are to be serious about reducing the dropout rate in this country, we have to begin much earlier. Many low-income children fall behind their classmates as early as kindergarten. If we want to increase the number of high school graduates we have to focus on the years one through five. That's when critical brain development takes place that often determines whether the young child will grow into a successful, productive adult."
Teaching kids to think is not just the role of teachers. Parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and other adults play an integral part in helping children hone their thinking skills from an early age. You can help develop a child’s critical thinking skills by learning a few key guidelines.
Are we born with a sense of morality? Or is ethical awareness something we arrive at only as we age? Like nature versus nurture, this is a question so loaded it's become a philosophical exercise as much as a basis for scientific inquiry.
In truth, all parents need support. That's why the ancient adage, "It takes a village to raise a child," has stuck over the years. Far from indicating failure, asking for help is actually a sign of courage and strength.
Research shows the quality and amount of sleep not only affects our moods, it also influences our mental sharpness, productivity, creativity, physical activity level, and also weight. Sleep provides all of these benefits... and it feels so good!
With any temperament, respond to your baby’s cues, subtle or overt. Tailor your parenting to your baby and react to her needs in a consistent way. For a baby with a slow to warm up, difficult, or mixed temperament, focus on how to present new things.
"Emotional upheavals instantly switch off the brain centers that make us patient, reasonable and verbal and instantly dial up the centers controlling nonverbal communication, like gestures and our tone of voice."
Children need time to be quiet, play, read and imagine. Teachers who sacrifice these vital elements of childhood for anything less than the most valuable homework assignments are being derelict in their duty to their students and the teaching profession.
What is good for the body... is good for the brain!
Often when we hear the term "healthy" we generally think in terms of our body. However, realizing the positive impact healthy habits have on our brains and the dramatic effect they have on children can make an remarkable difference.
Children who are persistently aggressive, defiant, and explosive by the time they’re in Nursery very often have tumultuous relationships with their parents from early on. A new study suggests that a cycle involving parenting styles and hostility between mothers and toddlers could be the key.
The study was done by researchers at the University of Minnesota and appears in the journal Child Development.