January 25, 2019
The Week in Early Learning
This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web – January 25, 2019 edition.
Did you know that delaying a baby’s first bath may be related to successful breastfeeding? Or that children with arthritis are closer to finding better treatment? It’s hard to stay in the loop of what’s going on in the world of early learning. But we’ve got you covered!
Each week we will comb through the web and find the most interesting early childhood reads.
Kindergarten classes are getting more academic. New research says the kids are all right. — via Chalkbeat
Today’s kindergarten is not at all the way you remember it —and that’s not a bad thing! A new research study lays concerns about too much rigidity in the early school years to rest. With everything we now know about the importance of the first years of life and brain development, children are expected to do more during their time in school. The researchers looked at kindergarten classrooms where teachers dedicate more time on topics like alphabetizing words or recognizing fractions. They also looked at factors like poverty, academic skills, and other information that can impact a child’s learning.
Everyday activities like cooking a meal together can help build math and social-emotional skills, among many other great benefits.
For children, everyday activities can be learning opportunities. But when parents work high-stress and low autonomy jobs – meaning they don’t have the freedom to make decisions about how they do their jobs – it can impact their ability to find positive parenting opportunities at home.
“Positive behaviors include cooking a meal together, going for a walk, or working on a game or puzzle, she says. Problems can arise, on the other hand, with ‘passive parenting’: Bringing home take-out or staring at a phone while the kid is entertained by the TV or an iPad doesn’t allow for the kind of engagement that tends to enrich kids.”
Parents who are anxious about math can still help their children learn the subject when given the right tools, according to researchers. A new study published in the December issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that math-anxious parents who used an app called Bedtime Math saw improvement in their children’s math achievement—even years after the families stopped using the app.
For decades, it’s been standard procedure to give newborns a bath within the first few hours after birth. But this new research suggests that waiting 12 or more hours before bathing could promote breastfeeding. The Cleveland Clinic, where the study took place, is taking steps to implement delayed newborn bathing in all of its hospitals. And hoping that with further research, this will eventually occur nationwide.
Identical twins shine new light on genetic cause of juvenile arthritis — via News Medical Life Sciences
Children born with a juvenile form of severe arthritis now have high hopes of finding better treatment. Scientists were able to identify the genetic mutation that is the cause of the inflammatory joint disease. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common form of all childhood rheumatic diseases. It is defined as arthritis that starts at a young age and persists throughout adulthood.