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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion
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Research on babies and pointing reveals the action’s importance. Photo by Hemera/Thinkstock Parenthood in early infancy is equal parts tedium and astonishment. The trick is telling the two apart. This is harder than you might think. Pointing, for example, is not an obviously astonishing act. Over the last decade, a series of studies out of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have made a very good argument for marveling at your pointing infant. These may just be the talents out of which humans managed to assemble minor things like culture and language. This is declarative pointing—showing something to someone else. So Carpenter and her colleagues designed an experiment: They put infants in a highchair across from a screen with lots of closed windows; when a window opened, a puppet popped out. The infants didn’t just want attention to themselves. If you look closely enough at those outstretched fingers, you can see the roots of human cooperation. They can also deduce meanings based on who is pointing.

The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli Amazed by what you have learned about having a bilingual brain? Then, start learning another language now! This website has tons of free lessons, games and quizzes to get you started! Pick one language or even two languages and get that gray matter growing. Speaking more than one language is like exercise for the brain? Love all this brain talk? Want to learn another language (or two or three or...)? 6 Cautionary Tales That Terrified Kids of Yesteryear Long before Edward Gorey offed children alphabetically, writers sought to instill good manners and exemplary behavior through strange, scary cautionary tales. Some stories were so bizarre it's a wonder the kids that read them turned out okay. Here are a few of our favorites. 1. Project Gutenberg Der Struwwelpeter, penned by German psychiatrist Heinrich Hoffmann and released in Germany in 1845, is full of tales of children misbehaving—and the awful, bizarre fates they suffered for doing so. One day, Mamma said: "Conrad dear, I must go out and leave you here. When Conrad sucks his thumb again, he is visited by the tailor, who chases the boy with a giant pair of scissors and cuts off both of his thumbs. 2. Image courtesy The Haunted Closet. This story is another Hoffmann specialty, from the book Slovenly Betsy, which was published in 1911 specifically for American audiences. That’s not the only horrifying tale in Slovenly Betsy, which will be re-released this July. 3. 4. 5. Wikimedia Commons

OpenStax CNX How the language you speak changes your view of the world | Science | News Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in. The past 15 years have witnessed an overwhelming amount of research on the bilingual mind, with the majority of the evidence pointing to the tangible advantages of using more than one language. Just as regular exercise gives your body some biological benefits, mentally controlling two or more languages gives your brain cognitive benefits. Germans know where they’re going In research we recently published in Psychological Science, we studied German-English bilinguals and monolinguals to find out how different language patterns affected how they reacted in experiments. When you give a scene like that to a monolingual German speaker they will tend to describe the action but also the goal of the action. Switch languages, change perspective

50 Simple Ways to Make Your Baby Smarter Baby's First Year Stimulate Baby's Vision 1. 2. 3. 4. What career will my child have? Chat Her Up, Make Her Laugh 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Bond Every Chance You Get 12. 13. 14. 15. Get Physical 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Explore New Surroundings 21. 22. 23. Play and Be Silly 24. 25. 26. 27. Teach Texture 28. 29. 30. 31. Teach Language and Counting 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. Baby Sign Language: Alphabet Make Memories 37. 38. 39. 40. Tips for Toddlers 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Copyright © Reprinted with permission from Parents magazine. All content, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation.

Math at Play :: Infants, Toddlers and Twos Infants, Toddlers and Twos (0-3 Years) A list of playful activities for infants, toddlers and twos. ▼Download PDF (0-5 Years) Telling stories helps your child learn about math. Building Blocks for Early Math, Colors and Art Skills Play! Learn how to select blocks and have fun building and playing together. What do children learn when they play? Help your child learn the language of mathematics! Help your child learn the language of mathematics! A collection of songs, chants and rhymes to support counting up, counting down, and using ordinal numbers. Early Measurement: Scooping and Pouring A two-year-old old girl explores early measurement by scooping and pouring water with her child care provider, Jana. Encourage a Love of Math for Boys and Girls (3-5 Years) Dr. Exploring Shapes and Space A young child explores shapes and space with a shape sorter. Giving Babies Simple Choices Learn simple tips for helping babies reach their miniature milestones. Labeling for Independence and Problem Solving

10 Reasons Babies Are Tiny Superhumans by Rachel LaChapelle Contrary to popular opinion, infants can do a lot more than eat, sleep, and poop. Here are ten scientifically proven baby superpowers that we were all capable of…once upon a time. 1. While a cherished moment for parents, a newborn’s first firm grasp on a parent’s finger is really just a reflex. 2. With three times as many taste buds as adults scattered across their tongue, palate, tonsils, and cheeks, babies have an acute sense of taste. The flavors found in amniotic fluid and breast milk change depending on what the mother eats. 3. Babies are born at the point in their development when their huge heads are on the verge of becoming too big to squeeze through the birth canal and their brains are much larger and more highly developed than their bodies. Inside that big baby brain is the same number of neurons that adults have—around 86 billion. 4. 5. Until around six months of age, babies naturally know how to swim with their eyes and mouths wide open. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.