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Oregon Libraries Pair Early Literacy with College Savings Accounts

Oregon libraries are pioneering an early literacy program that will tie a parents' early literacy activities with their young children to college savings accounts. The program, called "Project Ready to Learn," will add 2 cents to a child's college account every time they check out a book from the library or participate in an approved library learning program.  The parent will swipe a card that also gives them discounts at local restaurants and other locations.

The Goldilocks Effect

A new study done by researchers at the University of Rochester has found what they have dubbed the "Goldilocks effect."  The researchers found that babies seek out items that are "just right" in complexity and surprise for them.  The babies in the study each watched a video.  If the video was too predictable, they turned away from it and lost interest or if the video was too complex they lost interest as well.  They seem to be seeking information and learning from their previous knowledge and making predictions.  This is fascinating.  To me, it shows that in ba

New Study to Examine Language Comprehension in Toddlers

A new study, helmed by Margaret Friend of the Infant and Child Development Laboratory at San Diego State University, will examine toddlers' language comprehension in an attempt to determine if it is a later predictor of literacy and academic success. Toddlers ranging in age from 16 to 20 months will hear words and be asked to identify images on a touch screen that match the words. They will again be tested at 4 years of age. Children in both bilingual and monolingual families will be tested.

Babies Can Start Determining A Child's Reliability at an Early Age

Post by Lisa C.

Results from a recent study show that babies as young as 13 months old can determine if an adult it reliable based on past experience with adult behavior. I found this article fascinating. It really shows how important it is that we are a positive and consistent presence in a baby’s life. Check out the article from Live Science.

Hand Clapping Songs and Rhymes Help Develop Important Skills

A researcher at Ben-Gurion University in Israel has discovered that performing hand-clapping rhymes and songs helps children develop improved writing, spelling, and cognitive abilities, among other results. We know that clapping out syllables helps very young children develop phonological awareness. This study, however, looked at children in first, second and third grades, so it seems continuing this simple activity beyond kindergarten produces even more benefits.

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