The Effect of Trust on Brain Development

"My dad came to school to do science experiments with us... Just like he promised!"

Healthy brain development is something that parents and teachers instinctively know is important for children, like fresh air and good food. But understanding the brain is tricky. How can researchers test theories on little people and figure out answers that can be applied to our educational systems and parenting techniques? Lucky for us, Claire E.…

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Learning Something New

Learning a new skill can feel like writing your name while you hold a crayon with your toes--- awkward and frustrating!

Trying something new can seem daunting. I’m trying to learn some new skills on the computer and it makes me feel like a duck out of water. Many people have a lot of computer experience, so this might seem odd to them. Most kids grow up today learning to keyboard and have no trouble experimenting…

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Calling 911

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What do the follow things have in common: Families eating, parents working on the house, kids playing, and scrubbing up at bath time? Tons of opportunities for fun and a small risk of an emergency happening. One of the great things about children is that they are extremely curious and they love to learn about…

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Why Looking at Race Matters


I happened to read Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PH.D. last week, the same week that Brad Paisley’s song “Accidental Racist” came out. I haven’t personally listened to the song, but I did feel compelled to read the lyrics after…

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Media Use and Kids

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Sarah Roseberry, Ph.D. from the UW gave a very interesting lecture in March 2013 called Best Practices for Using Screen Media with Young Children. Since so many young children are interested in their parent’s and older sibling’s cell phones and computers, this seemed to be important information to share. According to Zero to Eight: Children’s…

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Children and Books


Last week as I was visiting a preschool, I overhead a conversation related to books at the lunch table. “How old do you have to be to go to the library?” asked Ami.

Another child answered, “I’m 3 and I’ve been there before. You have to be three.” The discussion continued for a couple of minutes with the children deciding that “You have to be three years old to go to the library.”

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