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The ‘Blowfish Effect’: Children Learn New Words Like Adults Do

The ‘Blowfish Effect’: Children Learn New Words Like Adults Do

Even young children know what typical dogs and fish look like — and they apply that knowledge when they hear new words.

Preschool Teachers Aren't Asking Challenging Questions

Preschool Teachers Aren't Asking Challenging Questions

UTHealth study reveals that preschool and kindergarten teachers ask too many simple questions and offer ideas on how to enhance student learning.

Reading With Toddlers Reduces Harsh Parenting, Enhances Child Behavior

Reading With Toddlers Reduces Harsh Parenting, Enhances Child Behavior

People who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting and the children are less likely to be hyperactive or disruptive.

HKBU scholar invents new tangram games to test children's visual-related literacy skills

HKBU scholar invents new tangram games to test children's visual-related literacy skills

A new series of tangrams games helps identify children with early visual processing difficulties and can be used to improve reading, writing and word identification skills at an early age.

How the arts can help students who struggle most

How the arts can help students who struggle most

Researchers show that using artistic activities -- such as rhyming, movement, and drawing, -- helps students retain more of what they learn.

Colored filter improves dyslexic children's reading speed

Colored filter improves dyslexic children's reading speed

Reading, one of the most difficult activities for children with dyslexia, can be improved by the use of a colored filter.

Difficulties with audiovisual processing contribute to dyslexia in children

Difficulties with audiovisual processing contribute to dyslexia in children

A University at Buffalo psychologist has published a neuroimaging study that could help develop tests for early identification of dyslexia, a disorder that affects 80 percent of those diagnosed with difficulties reading, writing and spelling.

Intellectual Curiosity and Confidence Help Children Take on Math and Reading

Intellectual Curiosity and Confidence Help Children Take on Math and Reading

Characteristics related to openness, such as intellectual curiosity and confidence, made children more adept to take on math and reading than characteristics describing conscientiousness, such as diligence and perseverance.

Kindergarten difficulties may predict academic achievement across primary grades

Kindergarten difficulties may predict academic achievement across primary grades

New research suggests deficits in executive functions in kindergarten increase the risk for experiencing repeated academic difficulties in mathematics, reading and science from first to third grade.

New study shows reading is a team-lift as different brain parts work together to predict proficiency

New study shows reading is a team-lift as different brain parts work together to predict proficiency

"Developmentally, children start to have more cross talk between their sound processing areas and visual processing areas. They’re mutually reinforcing each other. If they’re not getting this input then children are having difficulty reading."

 

‘Teachers are brain engineers’: UW study shows how intensive instruction changes brain circuitry in struggling readers

‘Teachers are brain engineers’: UW study shows how intensive instruction changes brain circuitry in struggling readers

A study from the University of Washington found that when children with reading difficulties underwent an intensive tutoring program, their brains’ white matter strengthened, and their reading skills improved.

Honing Children's Language and Literacy Skills

Honing Children's Language and Literacy Skills

If parents want to help their children develop language and literacy at a young age, reading bedtime stories together isn’t the only key to success.