June 28, 2019
The Week in Early Learning
This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web — June 28, 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.
Researchers have compiled guidelines for international use for utilizing music to support the development of spoken language. The guidelines are suitable for the parents of children with hearing impairments, early childhood education providers, teachers, speech therapists and other rehabilitators of children with hearing disabilities, as well as the hearing-impaired themselves.
Research shows that early-childhood educators are as valuable as those in K-12 classrooms. So why are they paid far less? Terms such as “babysitter,” “caregiver,” or “daycare provider” are too often the words that pop into people’s heads when they think of an adult who teaches very young children. And their pay is too often at the bottom of the income ladder, with salaries near $10 per hour. In fact, many adults working in child-care centers and other early-childhood programs make about $1 more than fast-food cooks and less than animal caretakers, according to a recent report by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley.
“When we instead describe children as wanting a relationship, not needing attention, we find ourselves implicitly developing compassion and understanding, and compassion is a critical component for human relationships. It is up to us, each time we interact with children in emotional situations, to choose a form of relationship connection that helps a child learn how worthwhile and lovable she is, rather than being asked to accept that their needs are inconvenient.”
The topic of toddler tantrums is a huge one, and we cannot overstate the importance of taking steps to prevent them from happening in the first place. Make sure they’re rested and fed. Give them a rundown of the day so they know what to expect. Let them have some choices. Consider their limits.
Public Health England has sharply criticized baby and infant food manufacturers for loading their products with unacceptably large amounts of sugar and wrongly promoting them as good for health. Sugar makes up almost half the content of fruit- and vegetable-based snacks for babies and infants, the agency said in an expose of the booming baby food market.
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