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July 12, 2019

The Week in Early Learning

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This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web — July 12, 2019 edition.

With so many news sources and new research, it’s hard to stay in the loop. But we’ve got you covered! Each week we will comb through the web and find the most interesting reads in the topics of parenthood and early childhood.

Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind — via IndyStar

“These children are at the peak of brain development. They’re growing, making connections, learning. From birth until about age 8, kids’ brains are sponges, soaking up everything around them. By age 5, when kids start formal schooling, their brains are 90% developed

A World Cup Champion Also Struggles to Afford Childcare — via Jezebel

“I’m the only mom on the national team [USWNT]. And then amongst the National Women’s Soccer League [NWSL], there are seven of us. It’s so hard, oh my God. The best way I can describe it is that it takes a lot of mental toughness. Of my career in the NWSL, I’ve only played one season where I wasn’t a mom. Trying to figure out a routine is probably the hardest thing, and because I got traded a lot, I had to find new babysitters and child care all the time. Child care in particular was very difficult, because it’s expensive and we don’t get paid much. If I put [my son] in a daycare, that’s my entire paycheck, you know?

Why Do Babies Point? It Starts With Our Desire To Touch — via Discover Magazine

“Anyone who’s hung out with babies knows how eager they are to communicate, even if they can’t do it very well. One way they do this is with the gesture of pointing, sticking out the index finger to indicate some object without touching it. Babies all over the world point in roughly the same way, starting at around 9 to 14 months. It’s a fundamental part of human interactions, as borne out by so many emojis.

More babies getting their tongues clipped to help breastfeed. But is it necessary? — via Today

“Often, the first advice mothers get is to check for “tongue-tie,” or ankyloglossia — the tethering of an infant’s tongue to the floor of their mouth by a small piece of tissue called the frenulum that makes it difficult to properly latch on and suck.

Babies born prematurely are less likely to have romantic partners, sex or be parents as adults. — via Newsweek

“Past research has found those born prematurely are at greater risk of developing disabilities, having neurocognitive impairments, as well as learning difficulties and mental health disorders. They are also on average more likely to be timid, socially withdrawn, overcontrolling, and to avoid risk-taking and seeking fun.

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