June 7, 2019
The Week in Early Learning
This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web — June 7, 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.
Anya Kamenetzisn, an education reporter, gives a nice rundown of several topics related to parenting, childhood and technology. Wondering about the state of surveillance and children? There are many apps schools and parenting are using to track a child’s online interactions. Conflicted about sharing too much information about your child online? This article touches on that topic too.
“Parents’ rights to free speech and self-expression are at odds with children’s rights to privacy when they are young and vulnerable. ” — Stacey Steinberg, a scholar at the University of Florida Levin College of Law
Other articles from this week discussing children and technology:
When parents feel upset or about to cry, they may be tempted to suppress these emotions or hide their tears from their children. It’s natural to want to shield kids from the unpleasant parts of life, but there are actually benefits to crying in front of your children.
“There is such comfort for a child knowing that their rock can break down, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t secure. And if we can’t be their for each other why are we here at all?” — Australian blogger Constance Hall
Kids with obesity face a host of health problems related to their weight, like high blood pressure, diabetes and joint problems. Research points to another way heavier children and teens are at risk: their own doctors’ bias. This prejudice has real health consequences for kids, making families less likely to show up for appointments or get recommended vaccines.
Adversity early in life tends to affect a child’s ability to focus or organize tasks. Experiences such as poverty, residential instability, or parental divorce or substance abuse, also can lead to changes in a child’s brain chemistry.
“What we see in individuals experiencing chronic adversity is that their morning levels are quite low and flat through the day, every day. When someone is faced with high levels of stress all the time, the cortisol response becomes immune, and the system stops responding. That means they’re not having the cortisol levels they need to be alert and awake and emotionally ready to meet the challenges of the day.” — Liliana Lengua, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being at University of Washington
Transitional kindergarten is publicly funded in California, the only state with a large TK program. Steve Barnett, senior co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers, thinks transitional kindergarten is on the rise nationally. Like kindergartners, transitional kindergartners are learning reading, writing and math as well as science, art and music. But like preschoolers, the day is play-based. The academics are sneaked into activities such as plays and nature walks or in daily tasks such as taking attendance.
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