December 17, 2018
The Week in Early Learning
This week’s best articles about early learning from around the web – December 15, 2018 edition.
Did you know there are new findings about your baby’s gut flora? Or that your brain echoes your baby’s when you play together? 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.
You’ve heard many opinions, but science is finally here. 60 Minutes has the inside scoop on a landmark government study to see if phones, tablets, and other screens are impacting the brain development of young people (video).
This research study didn’t take place in America. But it sheds light on a common issue: children are looking online for answers and support for issues they care about. What happens when kids look up to online personalities and celebrities for guidance?
“These results show that social media is playing a huge role in shaping the future of children’s career aspirations and choices.” — David Lakin — head of education at Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Candida albicans is a common member of the human gut flora. Gut bacteria, or gut microbiota, help humans with a number of body functions. A new paper published in Nature provides insights into the link between gut microbiota and infant development. In the study, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have found there are three stages to developing gut bacteria in babies from three months to four years of age.
More on the topic of child development and bacteria! This study interviewed 128 mothers over an 18-month period and asked how they cleaned their babies’ pacifiers. Of the 74 whose babies used one, 72% said they wash them by hand, 41% said they sterilized and 12% said they spit-cleaned the baby soothers. The findings of this study will surprise you.
Parents’ brain activity ‘echoes’ their infant’s brain activity when they play together – via Science Daily
Play and Learning go hand in hand. Research shows for the first time that when adults are engaged in playing together with their infant, the parents’ brains show bursts of high-frequency activity. The activity is linked to their baby’s attention patterns and not their own.
Babies who are exposed to second-hand smoke show the same effects as adults who are smokers.
“We’re finding [as much as] 15 percent of the babies have levels as if they were smokers themselves.” — Clancy Blair, senior study author and a professor of cognitive psychology at New York University.