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Six-year-olds need to play more than they need to spell

Six-year-olds need to play more than they need to spell | Skillful Children | Scoop.it

“ Susie Steiner: Play is essential for the development of small children. Yet it is pushed out of our educational system”


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How schools ruined recess — and four things needed to fix it - Washington Post (blog)

How schools ruined recess — and four things needed to fix it - Washington Post (blog) | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
Remember when kids were actually allowed to play and get dirty at recess?
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Recess is key to a healthy child. 

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Smartphone, tablet overuse among toddlers may stunt development - CBC.ca

Smartphone, tablet overuse among toddlers may stunt development - CBC.ca | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
They're called 'smart' devices, but researchers say overloading toddlers with smartphones and other mobile technology could hold back their development.
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How to Promote Language Development in Infants

How to Promote Language Development in Infants | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
Language development begins in the womb and continues throughout a lifetime. New research conducted by the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington confirms that ...
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Language development must start early to give a child the best chance for optimal development. 

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Why early childhood care is so important - Forum:Blog - The World Economic Forum (blog)

Why early childhood care is so important - Forum:Blog - The World Economic Forum (blog) | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
Early childhood care can shape a person’s lifelong capacity for learning, emotional resilience, confidence, and independence, writes Anne-Marie Slaughter.
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Brain structure of infants predicts language skills at one year

Brain structure of infants predicts language skills at one year | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
Using a brain-imaging technique that examines the entire infant brain, researchers have found that the anatomy of certain brain areas – the hippocampus and cerebellum – can predict children’s language abilities at one year of age.

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At Ten Months Old Infants Are Able To Understand Thought Process Of Others

At Ten Months Old Infants Are Able To Understand Thought Process Of Others | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
New research from the University of Missouri indicates that at 10 months, babies start to understand another person's thought process, providing new insights on how humans acquire knowledge and ho...

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Baby's innate number sense predicts future math skill

Baby's innate number sense predicts future math skill | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that the strength of an infant's innate sense of numerical quantities can be predictive of that child's mathematical abilities three years later.

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Teaching Money to the Kids Can Be Fun: 5 Interesting Books

Teaching Money to the Kids Can Be Fun: 5 Interesting Books | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
Teaching kids about the concept of money is very important. Here are 5 interesting books for your children to help teach them about money.

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Early Childhood Development and Policy in a Global Context

Professor Britto is known nationally for her work on young children's literacy, and social and identity development of Muslim Arab children, as well as inter...
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Set the Stage for Preschool Success

In this 8-minute interview with expert Vicki Gibson, learn how an effective preschool curriculum can lay the groundwork for kindergarten and the Common Core....
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Reading at a young age makes you smarter: Children who enjoy books early in ... - Daily Mail

Reading at a young age makes you smarter: Children who enjoy books early in ... - Daily Mail | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
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Children who can read well by the age of seven are more intelligent in later years, scientists have found.
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Exploring the Outdoor Classroom

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A while back, we set up a "science lab" in the outdoor classroom. Various shades of colored water filled bins upon bins in our dramatic play area. The children donned goggles and lab coats and set to work mixing the brilliant colors in beakers, funnels, measures, cups, basters, and more.


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Schools Seek to Strike a Balance on Rigor in Early Years

Schools Seek to Strike a Balance on Rigor in Early Years | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
Researchers are gaining new insights into how children learn from a rich history of studies of preschool programs in the past 50 years.

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The Pedagogy of Place in Early Childhood Education

The Pedagogy of Place in Early Childhood Education | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
Building a movement in which every child has the right to meaningful outdoor experiences that invite them to play, learn, and explore their place in nature every day.

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How to Nurture Brain Development In Young Children -

How to Nurture Brain Development In Young Children - | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
Despite modern technology, reading still is the key to learning and proper brain development. Dr. Myer's tips for readying your child to learn to read.
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Infants Grasp Gravity with Innate Sense of Physics : Discovery News

Infants Grasp Gravity with Innate Sense of Physics : Discovery News | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
Infants understand the laws of physics much earlier than previously thought. (Nu re, kam tā fizika vajadzīga, izrādās, ka bērni 2 mēn.

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Listen up, baby! Rutgers research boosts listening skills of infants

Listen up, baby! Rutgers research boosts listening skills of infants | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
Before we speak, we listen. A lot.

That listening helps our brains learn to distinguish which of the many sounds in our environment could possibly be related to speech.

Is the beeping microwave speech? The rumbling washing machine? The scrape of a chair leg?

A Rutgers University-Newark researcher has found a way to boost those skills in babies as young as four months old by rewarding them for paying attention to tiny bursts of sound.

Through a nifty series of 8-10 minute experiments with babies ages four to seven months, April Benasich, director of the Infancy Studies Laboratory at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, says she has discovered a way to help them organize the brain pathways that will help them perceive language.

It’s a big impact for such a little change.
The results were published in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Benasich emphasized the training can’t turn a baby into a linguistic genius; it can only bolster and solidify pathways within the brain to make those connections robust, not to accelerate their development.

In the experiment sessions, a baby was held in a caregiver’s lap while short bursts of sound were played. The sounds were not words; instead, they were sounds like chirps and swishes.

When the sounds played, something interesting would flash on a video screen – colorful geometric images, or giggling children. The babies soon learned that a sound meant they’d see a fun image, so most would shift their glance to the screen in anticipation.

A monitor that was able to track their eye movements kept track of when they looked at the screen – and by inference, whether they’d perceived the sound. Each baby participated in six short sessions.

In short, the set-up was a way to reward babies for actively listening to sounds during the very time period during which their brains are developing a network of pathways to sound perception.

“What we’re trying to do is help the babies organize their brains to keep track of what’s going on in their environment and focus on what’s important,” she said.

The children were examined three months later, at the age of seven months, when EEG scans showed their brains had become more efficient at processing sounds than babies who had had no training.

“All of the kids got a boost: some a little, some a lot,” Benasich said. “It’s a big impact for such a little change.

That’s important, because other studies have shown these early skills acquired even before they can talk predict language skills at three, four, and five years of age.

The children in the study were average, without any perceived cognitive problems. If they can benefit from the “training” sessions, she speculates that the 8 to 15 percent of children who are at highest risk for delayed language because of poor acoustic processing skills might benefit from such early intervention.

The babies studied in the lab will be tested again at nine, twelve, and 18 months to see if the early boost they received continued to impact their cognitive development.

“Then we can see if the changes we made will endure,” she said. “We think they will.”

Kathleen O'Brien may be reached at kobrien@njadvancemedia.com, or at (732) 902-4557. Follow her on Twitter @OBrienLedger. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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Baby see, baby do? Study shows infants take cues from trusted sources, ignore unreliable cues

Baby see, baby do? Study shows infants take cues from trusted sources, ignore unreliable cues | Skillful Children | Scoop.it
Babies love to imitate. Ask any parent and they'll report how infants mimic sounds, facial expressions and actions they observe.

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This reinforces the reasoning behind providing that strong emotional bond between caregiver and infant.

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Infants' maths skills predict their potential

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Infants who score highly on detecting number changes do better on standard tests by the time they reach preschool.

 

An infant's innate sense for numbers predicts how their mathematical aptitude will develop years later, a team of US researchers has found.

 

Babies can spot if a set of objects increases or decreases in number — for instance, if the number of dots on a screen grows, even when dot size, colour and arrangement also change. But until recently, researchers could generally only determine the number sense of groups of babies, thus ruling out the ability to correlate this with later mathematics skills in individuals.

 

In 2010, Elizabeth Brannon, a neuroscientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and her colleagues demonstrated that they could test and track infants' number sense over time1. To do this, six-month-old babies are presented with two screens. One shows a constant number of dots, such as eight, changing in appearance, and the other also shows changing dots but presents different numbers of them — eight sometimes and 16 other times, for instance. An infant who has a good primitive number sense will spend more time gazing at the screen that presents the changing number of dots.

 


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How to teach your baby or toddler early language development through play

I am a speech pathologist and mother of a 19 month old girl. Here I teach you how you can model good language development skills with your baby or toddler us...
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Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) Webinar

Learn about the learning progressions within Connecticut's Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) and how they promote: - Equity for all children, t...
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President Obama Calls for Expansion of Early Childhood Education in State of the Union - 1.28.2014

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Early Childhood Standards: 3. Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

The third multi-media teaching resource in the Rot Bilong Lainim Pikinini (Early Learning Standards) series. The third learning area covers problem solving, ...
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