17 April 2017
    / by Audrey Breen

    Williford and her team, which also includes UVA colleagues Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch, Jessica Vick Whittaker and Jamie DeCoster, found that preschool teachers who spent extra time playing individually with young children who exhibit disruptive behavior had fewer behavior problems across the school year as reported by parents and teachers.

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  • Language Lessons Start in the Womb

    10 April 2017
    / by Perri Klass, M.D.

    Dr. Cutler said the thinking used to be that babies didn’t actually learn phonemes — the smallest units of sound that make up words and language, that distinguish one word from another, as in “bag” and “tag” — until the second six months of life. But new research, including the recent adoptee study, is challenging that notion.

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  • Too much TV related to drops in school readiness, especially among low-income children

    3 April 2017
    / from psypost.org

    In its 2001 guidelines, the AAP recommended that children over the age of 2 watch no more than two hours of television per day. These guidelines, updated in October 2016, now recommend that children between 2 and 5 watch no more than one hour of television.

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  • Math Talk with Infants and Toddlers

    27 March 2017
    / from families.naeyc.org

    We can make the math that occurs in daily life visible to children through math talk. Each day offers us countless opportunities to help children deepen their understanding of math concepts. The more we talk math, the better chance infants and toddlers have to build a positive attitude toward math learning and learning in general.

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  • ¿Por qué es tan importante el desarrollo del niño en la primera infancia?

    20 March 2017
    / from unicef.org

    Como resultado de las nuevas investigaciones y de la mejor comprensión del significado del bienestar integral de los niños y niñas, el desarrollo del niño en la primera infancia adquiere una importancia cada vez mayor en el temario de promoción y defensa de los derechos de la infancia.

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  • Playing is How Toddlers Learn

    13 March 2017
    / from healthychildren.org

    Playing with your child takes a lot of time and energy. When you are tired, your toddler will know it. Find time for yourself. Maybe your family can help out, or perhaps a friend will watch your child for a few hours. You will come back with more energy and joy. If you are having fun, chances are your child is having fun, and learning, too.

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  • The Discipline Dilemma: Finding an Approach That Works for Your Child and Family

    6 March 2017
    / by Claire Lerner, L.C.S.W.-C
    / from pbs.org

    There’s no one strategy that will work for every child. There isn’t a prescription that can be written for discipline. No formula to follow. But as we sort out which strategies are best for our families, what can be helpful is understanding where irrational or bad behavior is coming from and remembering how much our own emotions affect how our children react.

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  • How to Support Children’s Approaches to Learning? Play with Them!

    27 February 2017
    / by Gaye Gronlund
    / from families.naeyc.org

    In the early years, parents can help children develop the skills to be better students by playing with them. Yes, as they enter kindergarten and the elementary years, children need to have some understanding of letters and numbers. However, if they have not developed solid approaches to learning, they will not be as successful in school settings.

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  • Sleep Struggles? We’ve Got Resources

    20 February 2017
    / from zerotothree.org

    … here we focus on ways to establish healthy sleep habits from the start—to hopefully prevent situations like a baby who won’t fall asleep unless fed, held, or rocked; a toddler who comes into your room for a visit at 3:00 a.m.; or a 2-year-old whose bedtime routine is now 75 minutes long and getting longer every night.

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  • 7 Ways You and Your Child Can Spread the Love This Valentine’s Day

    14 February 2017
    / by Tamekia Reece
    / from parents.com

    Make Valentine’s Day a time to teach your kids about the importance of giving and how they can make others feel loved.

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