Mother and Son

What Happens In Your Baby’s Brain When You Talk, Sing, and Read to Them? It Does More Than Make Them Smile.

by Autumn Jones
“When it comes to talking, reading, and singing with your child, “quality and frequency are both important,” said Dukakis, Senior Vice President for the Strong Families and Early Learning Program Area at The Opportunity Institute. You want to use every opportunity to teach your child words and add value to these interactions with eye contact and physical touch. These exchanges between you and your baby create the framework for school readiness as well as long term learning success. Whether you’re running errands or changing diapers, narrating the world for your baby will help their brain make the these important connections and realizations.”

Pretending to Understand What Babies Say Can Make Them SmarterHappy Family
by Cari Romm
“Research has repeatedly touted the benefits of exposing children to languagefrom an early age, but a new study published in the journal Infancy got more specific, finding that verbally engaging with babies—listening to their gurgles and coos and then responding, conversation-style—may speed up their language development more than simply talking at them or around them.”

Boy ReadingQ&A: Raising Kids Who Want to Read
by Cory Turner
“In his new book, Raising Kids Who ReadDaniel Willingham wants to be clear: There’s a big difference between teaching kids to read and teaching them to love reading…

Willingham wants his kids to love reading because, he says, “for me it’s a family value. It’s something that I love, something that I find important. I think I gain experiences I wouldn’t gain any other way by virtue of being a reader. And so naturally I want my children to experience that.”

The professor of psychology at the University of Virginia uses his new book to map out strategies for parents and teachers hoping to kindle that same passion for reading.

Mother and child readingHow Board Books Help Kids Develop Emotional Intelligence
by Dan Yaccarino
“My goal for these board books is to get a dialogue going between adult and child about emotions, their own as well as others’, in order to nurture a sense of empathy…My hope is that the reader (encouraged by the adult) will connect the actions, words, and emotions of the characters to their own real life experiences, and nurture a sense of empathy. After all, if empathy is cultivated early on in children, then it could lead to relating peacefully to others as adults, which could have an effect on our world.”