A Smarter Beginning 

E-Books For Children: Yes or No?

April 28, 2014 | Blog | Permalink

Are e-books good for children?  Ever see a child read an e-book? Their total involvement is striking. It causes us to think, “Wow! E-books for children are great! This is something parents and teachers should be excited about.” But it may not be so simple.  Ongoing research on elementary school children reading e-books and traditional […]

Words Make Children Smarter

April 21, 2014 | Blog | Permalink

Spoken language and words are critical to children’s early development. Hart and Ridley discussed this in their well-known study, Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children (Brookes Publishing, 1995) which examined the language experiences of young children in their homes. They had wanted to see where children get their vocabulary from (www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/spring2003/TheEarlyCatastrophe.pdf). […]

Helping Your Child with Homework Doesn’t Work

April 13, 2014 | Blog | Permalink

Are you a busy parent trying to fit helping your child with homework into your full schedule? Well, relax!  A recent large study shows that helping your child with homework doesn’t lead to improved academic performance. In fact, it can have negative effects. (Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris, The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement With […]

Do You Monitor Your Children’s Media Use?

April 7, 2014 | Blog | Permalink

I recently came across a very candid article by a father telling about what can happen when you don’t monitor your children’s media use.  “The sense of shame and sadness which came over me when I realized my infant son was an addict will stay with me forever” (www.dailymail.co.uk/article-2548365).  Children’s media use today is greater […]