“Early years – especially the first 1000 days - are critical in a child’s development,“ says Talking Matters director Alison Sutton. “A baby’s brain is making about 700 new connections a second and eighty per cent of the brain is developed by the time they are three. The quality and quantity of interaction and talk in those early years more or less sets a child up for future educatio . . . more
A University of Auckland trial involving families of pre-school children with ADHD symptoms is the first in the world to demonstrate that children’s symptoms and parents’ stress can be improved with an online intervention. . . . more
Working memory refers to how we hold on to and work with information stored in short-term memory.
Kids use working memory to learn and follow directions.
Working-memory boosters can be built into your child’s daily life. . . . more
As a basic foundation for learning to read and write, kids need strong speaking and listening skills. When you and other adults around your kids encourage them to talk, ask, questions, and use dramatic play, it increases their vocabulary, allows them to hear and practice building sentences, and gives them more knowledge to understand spoken and written language. . . . more
Despite the thousands of books written on the subject, kids don't come with a 'how to' manual. As with all relationships, creating a strong bond takes time and effort. Being a Mom or Dad is a tough, demanding and time consuming job, but there are certain habits that seem to make the job a little easier. . . . more
When you were a child, did your mother make you taking music lessons that you always hated and was finding all ways to avoid it? Without knowingly, your mother's insistence that you practice your musical instrument an hour a day actually made you smarter! Recent studies had shown that your mother was probably right to make you stick to your piano or violin. . . . more
The app features 70 city overview guides and 14 detailed destination guides available for travelling families, including: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Uluru, the Blue Mountains, Lake Macquarie, the Sunshine Coast, Phillip Island, Dubai, Fiji, Hong Kong and Singapore. The app also includes more than 200 kid-friendly attractions. . . . more
What is Working Memory?
Working Memory is the thinking skill that focuses on memory-in-action: the ability to remember and use relevant information while in the middle of an activity. For example, a child is using their Working Memory as they recall the steps of a recipe while cooking a favorite meal. Children who have trouble with their Working Memory skills will often have difficulty remember . . . more
Do students really learn better when separated by gender? New research indicates that they do not.
Study results released this week by the American Psychological Association found that students do not perform better in math, science or verbal subjects when they attend single-sex schools, or single-sex classes within coeducational schools. The research, which analyzed 55 years wor . . . more
Young Children Less Physically Able
According to Lee Corlett who is a physical educator there are a number of factors inhibiting our children's physical development. Things such as computer games, junk food, political correctness and apathetic parents are some underlying issues according to him. My Corlett before establishing Sporting Initiative Nelson, was general manager at Spor . . . more