How to Energize the Youngest Brains for Reading

Listening to stories stimulates the “reading network” Photo credit PBS.orgThere is no dispute about the value of reading to your children. It expands their vocabularies, develops their language and literacy skills, and helps them absorb important social-emotional understandings. In fact, the National Commission on Reading considers reading aloud to children “the single most important intervention” to help … Continue reading How to Energize the Youngest Brains for Reading

Do you know why one of these girls will do better in school?

Read this to find out credit: nspk.org.uk Children grow up being exposed to very different language environments. Sara hasn’t started school yet. She is only three, and spends her days with either her dad or in her day care center. To outsiders, Sara’s dad might sound like a broken record. He prattles on about everything he does, … Continue reading Do you know why one of these girls will do better in school?

Why infants learn faster with a peer!

Infants are more likely to learn when paired with another infant as opposed to viewing the lesson alone, according to a new study. You read that correctly: Infants. Researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Washington looked at the mechanisms involved in language learning among nine-month-olds, the youngest population known to be studied … Continue reading Why infants learn faster with a peer!

The motor skills behind using scissors

The use of scissors requires and enhances many developmental skills. Cutting allows children to build the tiny muscles in their hands since they have to continuously open and close their fingers. Cutting also enhances the use of eye-hand coordination, which means children must be able to move their hands, while looking at something. Since the … Continue reading The motor skills behind using scissors