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Latest Science Shows Brain Connections Strengthened More By Books vs. Screens

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Latest Science Shows Brain Connections Strengthened More By Books vs. Screens

As parents, we know deep down that reading is better for our children's brain than sitting in front of a screen. But now, the latest science out of the Reading & Literacy Discovery Center of Cincinnati's Children's Hospital shows actual brain scans showing that this is true.  In this article by Sandee LaMotte, images from the study show that the brains of preschoolers frequently read to by their caregivers have more established and organized white matter in the literacy centers of the brain. In contrast, children who spent several hours per day playing on or watching screens had a disorganized mass...

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5 Counting Skills to Practice With Your Preschooler

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5 Counting Skills to Practice With Your Preschooler

  Researchers from the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt found that early math skills predicted academic success through eighth grade in ALL disciplines, not just math. Yet, for most children, even basic counting skills take practice. Start with the five basic counting skills listed below--they seem intuitive to well-practiced adults, but take repetition to master before kindergarten. Cardinality: The last number counted is the same as the number of objects. It helps to reinforce the concept that the last number counted is the same as the number of apples. (E.g. “1...2...3...there are 3 apples!) Number Constancy: The number of apples is...

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What Are Sight Words?

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What Are Sight Words?

  Sight words are frequently used or non-phonetic words that should be learned by ‘sight’ to achieve reading proficiency. Many schools still use the Dolch sight words list to teach new readers. The primary benefit of learning sight words is decreased frustration in reading fluency. Since sight words comprise more than 75% of the words in all children’s literature, knowing sight words decreases the number of unknown words in a simple text. In addition, some sight words are non-phonetic (e.g. eight, light, because, buy) and would be frustrating for a new reader to sound out. Once a reader has mastered...

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