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News on Early Learning from around the Web

News on Early Learning from around the Web

  • 8/30/2015
    Learning how to read and understand food labels can help you make healthier choices for you and your family. Here are some tips for making the most of the information on the Nutrition Facts label.
  • 8/23/2015
    For a child, entering a new preschool environment filled with unfamiliar teachers and kids can cause both anxiety and anticipation. The more comfortable you are about your decision and the more familiar the setting can be made for your child, the fewer problems you-and your little one-will encounter.
  • 8/16/2015
    Focusing on oral language, reading aloud, and language play puts young children on the track to literacy. The quality of language development and interaction in the preschool years can predict reading achievement six years later.
  • 8/9/2015
    With more than 80,000 “educational” apps available in various app stores, how can we really evaluate their claims? The authors suggest that the apps must meet four pillars of Science and Learning to qualify. Parents and educators can quickly evaluate an app’s educational value using a simple two-by-two grid.
  • 8/2/2015
    Multiple studies of school-age children have shown that outdoor play is essential for children's health and well-being. Young children reap the same benefits, including better vision, increased Vitamin D, and better physical and sensory skills.
  • 7/26/2015
    The transition from summer to back-to-school can trigger mixed emotions. This article provides easy tips for making a smooth transition.
  • 7/19/2015
    One suburban school district is introducing a new curriculum for fall. . . the concept: play! Some states are beginning to train teachers on how to subtly guide children to learning goals through games, art, and general fun.
  • 7/12/2015
    Professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and advocacy groups have encouraged parents to read to their children from birth to foster early learning and create connections in the brain that promote language development. There is new evidence that book sharing in early childhood may promote brain development supporting reading readiness.
  • 7/5/2015
    We all need some sun exposure-it's the top source of vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. It's important for parents to teach children how to enjoy fun in the sun safely.
  • 6/29/2015
    Babies are born learners, with a natural curiosity to figure out how the world works. Curiosity is the desire to learn. It is an eagerness to explore, discover and figure things out. The more curious a child is, the more she learns.
  • 6/22/2015
    Young children can spend countless hours playing with water: pouring it back and forth, watching it spill over the edge of a container, blocking its stream, directing its flow, splashing gently, making waves, and pouring some more. Children’s learning from water play can help them further their understanding of how the world works, where things come from, and how things are made.
  • 6/15/2015
    Mobile devices are everywhere, and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behavior of children is still relatively unknown.
  • 6/8/2015
    June is National Safety Month. Every year, poison control centers receive about 2.2 million calls seeking medical help for poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides simple, yet critical poison prevention tips for children and adults.
  • 5/31/2015
    The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its highly anticipated annual State of Preschool Yearbook. In response to the slow growth in enrollment over the course of the year, the report highlights the urgent need to increase access to quality PreK at a faster rate.
  • 5/24/2015
    In the social world, we are constantly gathering information through visual cues that we use to evaluate others' behavior. Babies do the same thing. For a new study, researchers created social situations using puppets and then studied the reactions of 13-month-old infants.
  • 5/17/2015
    A study of more than 1,300 young children finds that shifting from one day care setting to another can have a negative effect on a child's ability to make social connections by the time they are in kindergarten. However, the researchers found no evidence that a change in teachers has any lasting negative effects.
  • 5/10/2015
    Common advice to new parents is that the more words babies hear the faster their vocabulary grows. The findings in this recent study show that what spurs early language development isn't so much the quantity of words as the style of speech and social context in which speech occurs.
  • 5/3/2015
    Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic disease that can be controlled. It's hard to see a child sick. The good news is you can help a child gain control over asthma. That means fewer days out of school and fewer attacks that can be scary for you and the child.
  • 4/26/2015
    A new study is one of the first to show that a father's depression from postpartum to toddlerhood has the same effect on children as a mother's.
  • 4/19/2015
    A growing body of research supports evidence of nature's therapeutic effects-on children, adults, and communities as a whole.
  • 4/12/2015
    Teachers and caregivers play a critical role in preparing young children for school and life success. In addition to a warm and nurturing environment, the adults in children’s lives should also focus on the building blocks of reading and writing.
  • 4/5/2015
    A love for reading and books is one of the most precious gifts parents can give their children. While knowing how to read is essential for day-to-day survival, living to read opens new worlds for children.
  • 3/30/2015
    This "Tools of the Trade" article describes research showing that children who have blocks and engage in activities that promote caregiver-child interaction demonstrate significant language improvements in a six-month period.
  • 3/23/2015
    Preschoolers' normal growth and development also play a big role in their eating habits. As preschoolers grow, they change physically, mentally, and socially. These changes affect everything they do, including eating.
  • 3/16/2015
    The addition of trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses further increases play and learning value by connecting children with nature- which in turn supports healthy child development.

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