Help Your Child Thrive

A science-based early development resource

August 16, 2018

Finger counting promotes children’s early math skills. It helps children understand numbers and relationships between numbers. In this video Paul Goldenberg, an educator & mathematician, talks about how finger counting games can help children build their early number sense.

August 15, 2018

Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is also known as baby bottle tooth decay or early childhood caries. It is the most common chronic infectious disease of childhood. Learn about the causes of baby bottle tooth decay and how to prevent it.

August 14, 2018

Based on a large-scale review of more than 200 articles about the science of learning (an interdisciplinary field that includes psychological science, linguistics, computer science, brain imaging, neurobiology and other areas), this article provides four simple tips to determine if an app is truly educational.

Author: Jennifer M. Zosh, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Roberta Golinkof
Source: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center
Estimated time to read: 04:39

August 13, 2018

Emergent writing “means that children begin to understand that writing is a form of communication and their marks on paper convey a message” (Mayer, 2007).

Learning to write is about more than just letter formation. It is a complex process that involves coordination between motor & cognitive skills. This workshop handout from the Middleton-in-Teesdale Nursery and Primary, describes the stages of emergent writing and activities to support it.

August 10, 2018

Starting preschool is a big step for children and it can be stressful for them as well as their parents. Here are a few simple things that parents can do to prepare their child for preschool and ensure a smooth transition.

Author: Zero to Three
Source: Zero to Three
Estimated time to read: 08:00

August 9, 2018

Picky eating is common among toddlers. Babies usually grow a lot and quickly in their first year but their growth rate and appetite slows down in the second year. In addition, toddlers are learning lots of new skills like talking, walking, scribbling and so forth. During this period of rapid change, they often seek consistency as much as possible, including sticking to the same small group of foods.

Children’s appetites and eating behaviors typically level out with time. But here are simple tips that can help parents get through the picky eater stage.

August 8, 2018

This story-time companion for parents and caregivers from the King County Library System has over a thousand short video clips of rhymes, songs and poems. Singing songs and rhymes with little kids makes it easier for them to learn language skills.

Author: King County Library System
Source: King County Library System
Estimated time to read: N/A

August 7, 2018

In this short clip, a pediatrician demonstrates the 5S method of soothing a crying baby that was pioneered by Dr. Harvey Karp. The 5 S’s stand for Swaddle, Side-Stomach Position, Shush, Swing and Suck.

Presenter: Kristen Bruno, MD
Source: Children’s MomDocs
Time to watch: 01:51

August 6, 2018

The way parents praise their child can have a profound impact on his or her mindset. An effort-based praise can build a child’s confidence and promote a growth mindset while a personal praise can undermine it. Here are some tips on what to say and what not to say, when praising kids.

Author: Amanda Morin
Estimated time to read: 02:40

August 3, 2018

The immune system of infants is not fully developed at birth, making them highly susceptible to infections. Breast milk contains nearly all the essential nutrients that babies needs to be healthy, including those that benefit their immune system like antibodies, immune factors, enzymes, and white blood cells.

Learn how breast milk protects infants against a wide variety of diseases and infections not only while they are breastfeeding but in some cases long after they are weaned.

Author: Dharam Goel, MD and Purva Gujar
Source: Inceptive Education 
Estimated time to read: 04:00

Image credit: Breastfeeding USA
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A child’s brain develops rapidly from birth to age three, producing more than a million neural connections each second. Genes determine when these connections are formed, but how these connections are formed is shaped by the environments and experiences a baby is exposed to. As primary caretakers and first teachers, parents are in a unique position to support their child’s development.

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