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Friday, April 19th, 2013
Erika Brannock, Maryland Teacher, Loses Leg In Boston Marathon Explosions
After two days of heavy sedation, Erika Brannock awoke Wednesday morning in her hospital bed to dramatic and gruesome news: Her left leg had been amputated below the knee, the only medical option for a team of surgeons handling traumatic injuries from the Boston Marathon bombings. (via Huffington Post)
Supporting Schools to Improve the Educational Outcomes of Emergent Bilinguals
The CUNY-NYSIEB project is one force that supports this shift from seeing bilingualism as a barrier to academic achievement to using students’ bilingualism as the essential element in their academic success. (via Huffington Post)
Child’s Counting Comprehension May Depend On Objects Counted, Study Shows
Concrete objects — such as toys, tiles and blocks — that students can touch and move around, called manipulatives, have been used to teach basic math skills since the 1980s. Use of manipulatives is based on the long-held belief that young children’s thinking is strictly concrete in nature, so concrete objects are assumed to help them learn math concepts. (via Science Daily)
Learning Disabilities Affect Up to 10 Percent of Children
Up to 10 per cent of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities (SLDs), such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism, translating to 2 or 3 pupils in every classroom, according to a new article. (via Science Daily)
Negative views tied to child maltreatment
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Mothers-to-be who believe infants dirty their diapers to bother their parents or purposefully ignore their mothers may be more likely to abuse or neglect their young children, a new study suggests. (via Reuters)
Friday, February 15th, 2013
Massive Food Fight At Minneapolis High School Turns Into All Out Brawl
A food fight quickly turned into a brawl involving hundreds of students at a Minneapolis high school on Thursday, forcing police to use chemical spray to break up the melee. (via Huffington Post)
Bilingual Babies Know Their Grammar by 7 Months
Babies as young as seven months can distinguish between, and begin to learn, two languages with vastly different grammatical structures, according to new research from the University of British Columbia and Université Paris Descartes. (via Science Daily)
Study Links Smoking Bans to Fewer Pre-term Births
Banning smoking in enclosed public places can lead to lower rates of preterm birth, according to Belgian researchers who say the findings point to health benefits of smoke-free laws even in very early life. (via Reuters)
Boy With Life-threatening Allergies Attends School Remotely, Thanks to New Robot
A 4-foot-tall robot is giving a New York second-grader the chance to go to school. (via Fox News)
Charter Schools Put Parents to the Test
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Charter schools pride themselves on asking a lot of their students. Many ask a great deal of parents, too. (via Reuters)
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Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Boston Declares Health Emergency Amid U.S. Flu Outbreak
With flu cases in this city up tenfold from last year, the mayor of Boston declared a public health emergency on Wednesday as authorities around the United States scrambled to cope with a rising number of patients. (via Reuters)
Study: Bilinguals Have Faster Brains
Speaking two languages can actually help offset some effects of aging on the brain, a new study has found. (via ABC News)
A Call to Obama to Focus on Early Childhood Education
President Obama will be delivering his State of the Union address outlining his priorities for the next year in a few weeks. Here’s an open letter to Obama urging him to make early childhood education — an initiative that has proven results — a real priority in his second term. (via Washington Post)
Report: NH Preventing Tooth Decay in Children
The latest study shows the compound found in plastic and food packaging can put youngsters at risk for future heart disease. (via Boston News)
Eli Lilly Settles Mass. Pregnancy Drug-Cancer Case
Eli Lilly and Co. has settled a lawsuit brought by four sisters who contended their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during pregnancy in the 1950s, a move some believe could trigger financial settlements in scores of other claims brought by women around the country. (via ABC News)
California Teachers Pension Fund Moves To Divest From Guns, Firearms Companies
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The nation’s largest teacher pension fund took the first step Wednesday toward divesting from companies that make guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines that are illegal in California. (via Huffington Post)
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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
The benefits of reading aloud to children are numerous, but for bilingual families, cuddling up with a bedtime story isn’t always a simple task.
Infinity Car Insurance seeks to help bilingual families read together through its Read Comingo program. Read Comingo is a literacy program that promotes bilingualism by providing parents with free bilingual children’s books bimonthly.
Children and parents can learn from each other with these books that are written in both English and Spanish.
“Read Conmigo is important for Hispanic families because many parents who don’t read English fluently hesitate to read to their children at home in Spanish. Studies show, however, that bilingual reading is equally effective at maintaining and improving reading skills and educational levels,” said Greg Fasking, Infinity Auto Insurance’s vice president of consumer marketing. “This is why our books are in both English and Spanish, so that parents and children can read aloud together at home.”
Since Read Comingo’s launch in March of 2011, it has provided schools and families with over 350,000 free books.
Read Comingo gave us some tips for making the most of your story time:
- Point to the words in the book, as you read aloud together with your child
- Create a regular schedule every week to read together as a family at home
- Asking your children to recall parts of the story in the books, and use the illustrations to help identify words
To receive a free bilingual picture book every other month, sign up at www.readconmigo.org.
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Friday, April 6th, 2012
Signs of Dyslexia Start Before Reading, Study Finds
A new study found a causal link between vision problems and dyslexia.
If You’re Trying to Conceive, Go Easy On Your Workout
Moderate exercise is tied to greater success among women trying to get pregnant, but those who work out vigorously take longer to conceive, an international study has found.
Bilingual Kids Are Better Multi-Taskers, Study Says
Children who grow up learning to speak two languages are better at multi-tasking than children who learn only one language, a new study finds.
Study Finds 3 Ways Parents Can Cut Kids’ Soda Consumption
The best way for parents to reduce the amount of soft drinks their young children drink is to not serve it with meals, a new study suggests.
The Easter Egg Roll Through the Years
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The White House will hold its Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn on April 9. This will be the 134th year for the event.
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Move over dad: Mom’s better at soothing baby’s pain
Preemies show less pain when mom holds them than when dad tries to comfort them, according to a new study of babies having blood drawn at the hospital.
Nutrient powder may fight anemia in kids
Kids given extra iron, zinc and vitamin A were one third less likely to be anemic, study finds.
What teachers really want to tell parents
Ron Clark, a teacher who started his own school, asks parents to work with teachers for the sake of their kids.
Are Parents Changing Kids’ Diapers Less Often to Save Money?
Over the past couple of years, sales of disposable diapers have fallen at the same time that diaper rash cream sales have increased.
Children excluded from school shopping?
Only 56 percent of parents say they’re bringing their kids along for back-to-school shopping this year, down from 80 percent last year, according to marketing data firm America’s Research Group.
Bilingual Homes Help Babies Exercise Their Brain: Study
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Babies living in bilingual homes have a longer period of time when their brain is flexible to different languages than infants living where just one language is spoken, researchers say.
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Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Birth-Control Pills Face Safety Review
WASHINGTON—The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is conducting a safety review of certain types of birth-control pills to see if they increase the risk of blood clots beyond that of other pills. (Wall Street Journal)
Does work interfere with breastfeeding?
The sooner a new mother goes back to work after giving birth, the less likely she is to breastfeed her baby, according to a U.S. study. (Reuters)
SPF15 sun cream ‘not strong enough’
People should use stronger sun cream to protect against cancer, a medical journal has warned. (BBC)
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Friday, February 19th, 2010
Expecting and willing to donate your time to science? How a potentially groundbreaking study of children goes about seeking pregnant volunteers. New York Times
The FDA issues a new warning on common asthma medications. USA Today
More than 25 percent of kids have chronic health conditions, a rate that’s ballooned in the past few decades. Los Angeles Times
Hold the antibiotics: Why your child’s doc might wait to treat her ear infection. Wall Street Journal
The first signs of autism may show up by a child’s first birthday, according to a new study. Health Day
Babies might start to become bilingual in the womb, suggests new research. Yahoo! News
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