3 Tips for Encouraging Verbal Communication in Young Learners

May 1, 2012 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Research shows that children from rich language environments start school with an advantage over their peers. What can parents do at home to help their children succeed?

The Motor-Cognitive Connection: Early Fine Motor Skills as an Indicator of Future Success

Apr 19, 2012 by Bill Jenkins, Ph.D.
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We generally don’t consider motor skills development in babies to be an essential element of cognitive development.  But is such thinking holding learners and educators back?

Language and the Reading Puzzle: Morphemes and Memory

Apr 10, 2012 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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How do morpheme awareness and working memory skills help emerging readers attain fluency? Cognitive scientist Dr. Virginia Mann breaks it down for us in “The Language and Reading Puzzle Part 2.”

Language and the Reading Puzzle: 5 Steps Towards Fluent Reading

Apr 3, 2012 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Are visual “reversals” (e.g., mistaking b for d) really a sign of a poor reader?  And how important is a good vocabulary?  Find out what really matters, and how to help your readers on the path to fluency.

How to Support Social Development in Young Children

Mar 29, 2012 by Corey Fitzgerald
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A child’s social skills are a compelling predictor of future success, both in and out of school. Learn how you can support social development in young children with these easy to implement tips.

5 Reasons Why Every Parent Should Be Familiar with Executive Function

Mar 20, 2012 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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It’s not a common topic, but executive function is something that parents should understand.  The term refers to working memory, inhibitory control, cognitive flexibility, etc.—skills and qualities that help people succeed in everyday life.

Why You Should Read With Your Child

Mar 6, 2012 by Virginia Mann, Ph.D
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You probably already know that you should read to your children, but do you know why? Here are three important reasons to not only read aloud with your child, but also to make it a shared activity.

The Mirror Neuron System

Feb 21, 2012 by Martha Burns, Ph.D
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Did you know that there’s a part of the brain devoted to “doing” that starts wiring itself early in development through imitation of the movements and sounds of others? Find out how it works, and the role it plays in early learning.

Helping Low-SES Students Thrive

Jan 26, 2012 by Bill Jenkins, Ph.D.
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Studies show a correlation between low academic achievement and socioeconomic status (SES). But many low-SES students are successful in school. What factors give these students an edge?

What Does The Marshmallow Experiment Tell Us About Self-Control?

Jan 24, 2012 by Bill Jenkins, Ph.D.
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Tell a four-year-old that she can eat one marshmallow now or wait 15 minutes and eat two. What does the child’s self-control, or lack of, tell us about her likelihood of future success?  Read>>

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