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F.D.A. to Study Whether Anesthesia Poses Cognitive Risks in Young Children

This is concerning but not at all clear. Most children who need surgery seem to do fine, but it is reasonable to do a study… “A federal panel will meet on Thursday to evaluate growing concerns about whether anesthesia in young children, used in millions of surgical procedures, can in some cases lead to cognitive [...]

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Classroom Environment May Affect Kids’ Mental Health

This is really scary stuff. We need to support teachers, and work to eliminate dysfunctional classrooms. “First-grade classrooms with poor environments — not enough resources, teachers who feel disrespected by colleagues — have been linked to a higher number of mental health problems in students, according to a new study. The study doesn’t prove that [...]

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Popular Baby Media May Not Actually Advance Learning

Don’t run out and spend too much on baby einstein videos…. “Parents who want to provide their babies a learning advantage these days often turn to what’s been nicknamed “baby media” — videos specifically designed to stimulate very young minds. Click here to find out more! But researchers and pediatricians have begun to question whether [...]

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Processed, Fatty Foods May Dumb Down Your Kids: Study

This is scary, but not surprising. This study showed that feeding your child a healthy diet makes them healthier in a very important area: brain growth. Eat your fruits and veggies!!! “Feeding children lots of fatty, sugary and processed foods may lower their IQ, while a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients appears to boost [...]

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Helping your child pick the right musical instrument

Here are some interesting articles looking at how to help your child decide what instrument to try. “Instrumental music is wonderful for brain development, teaches the habit of regular practice, helps a child learn patience, builds physical coordination – the list of benefits is endless. And these are benefits just from all who practice an [...]

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Take note of simple tactic to beat test stress

A simple technique to help your older students cope with test anxiety… “A team of University of Chicago psychological scientists found that high school and college students who jotted down their worries for 10 minutes before exam time avoided choking under the pressure. In fact, they performed markedly better.” Take note of simple tactic to [...]

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New Edition Of ‘Huckleberry Finn’ Will Eliminate Offensive Words

I am not a fan of changing 120 year old classic books. Words that were not offensive 120 years ago but are now should be “teaching moments” where classes can discuss how offensive they are, and how we shouldn’t use them. “Saying they want to publish a version that won’t be banned from some schools [...]

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Breastfeeding and its Effects on Academic Success

Children who are mainly breastfed for the first six months (or longer) score considerably higher academically at 10 years of age, especially boys. Boys were found to have improved academic scores in math, reading and spelling if they were breastfed for six months or longer. There was a small but insignificant benefit for reading in [...]

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Enjoy a quiet moment reading to your child…

On these cold winter nights, curling up on a couch or bed reading to a child should be one of the best moments of parenting. By reading to your child every day, they will find the love of reading. It is never too early to start – a young infant will love to sit in [...]

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