February 1, 2019
The Week in Early Learning
This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web – February 1, 2019 edition.
Did you know that babies are born with the ability to tell words apart? Or that a study from Purdue University found that toddlers have diets that fall short on vitamins they need? 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.
High quality child care comes on top in this new study about effective early learning! The study found that child care programs with strong organizational structures have more effective early-childhood education. Researchers also learned that exceptional administrators and teachers that collaborate with each other play a big role in why these programs performed better.
Next time someone tells you you will spoil your baby for holding them too much, you can show them the science. A new study from the University of Oxford and Liverpool John Moores University looked at babies as they had blood drawn from their heels. Half of the babies were stroked with a soft brush prior to having the blood drawn, and as a result, showed 40% less pain activity in their brain that the other half of the babies who received no tactile comfort.
The startling toll on children who witness domestic violence is just now being understood — via USA Today
New research is giving scientists more insight into the far-reaching and long-lasting harms of domestic violence to the children who grow up around it – including a startling finding: Witnessing abuse carries the same risk of harm to children’s mental health and learning as being abused directly.
Feed The Need: Toddlers’ Nutrition Often Short On Vitamins, Minerals, But Long On Sugar, Salt — via ScienceBlog
New findings from Indiana’s Purdue University: When infants transition to table foods at around 12 months of age, nutritional long-lasting gaps start to form. Toddlers consume too much sodium, sugar and saturated fats and too little potassium, fiber and vitamin D in their diets.
“If parents aren’t eating optimally, then it will impact the children. If parents are modeling good behavior, it will help their children.” — Regan Bailey, associate professor in Purdue University’s Department of Nutrition Science.
In big language findings, scientists discovered that babies have the ability to tell words apart. This study looked at how different parts of the brains of babies activated when they were able to pick up specific words from a stream of syllables!
This study is related to the previous one — but they are different studies. Scientists looking at how multi-lingual babies learn, saw that a child’s ability to focus on specific words develops their ability to focus even more. Listening to more than one language = extra focus.
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