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Youngsters who are hurried from one activity to another may get lots of sensory input but be shortchanged on the time-consuming process of forming association networks to understand and organize experience meaningfully.
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Despite the decades-long efforts of many researchers, no casual correlation has been found between actual gun use and early-childhood fondness for toy guns, finger-shooting, or gun-filled TV shows.
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…a child who begins kindergarten knowing letters and sounds may be cognitively prepared, but if he or she does not understand how to listen, share, take turns, and get along with teachers and classmates, this lack of socialization will hinder further learning…
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Loose parts help children investigate and actively construct ideas and explanations about physical properties of the nonliving world. Children gain deeper knowledge of how things work when they can experiment with stacking boxes, tubes, and bottles. They can also test multiple hypotheses involving gravity, force, weight, distance, and height with
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…parental outbursts of rage or threats of punishment directed to the child, calling him names, speaking to him harshly, shaking him, handling him roughly, or actual physical punishment sometimes elicit such total panic and terror in the child that we must assume more is involved than the physical pain alone.
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…for babies and young children, care and teaching are inseparable. The very same actions that nurture babies give them the kinds of information they need.
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If children are constantly in front of screens, when do they have time to explore and develop any thoughts, feelings, and ideas that media content might engender? Research suggests that the more time children have to nurture and develop their own interpretations, the more they are likely to move beyond
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People with the growth mindset know that it takes time for potential to flower.
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Kids often reject new playmates because they are worried the new person will disrupt their play. Adding a new person changes the game.
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How we answer our children’s questions plays an important part in encouraging their curiosity and advancing their critical thinking.
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Research shows that human beings are born with an innate desire to explore, experiment, and imagine new possibilities— in a word, to innovate.
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If you’re involved in education in any way you have three options: you can make changes within the system, you can press for changes to the system, or you can take initiatives outside the system.
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