For baby’s brain to benefit, read the right books at the right time

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By Lisa Scott, Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Florida. How can you maximize reading’s rewards for baby? aijiro/Shutterstock.com Parents often receive books at pediatric checkups via programs like Reach Out and Read and hear from a variety of health professionals and educators that reading to their kids is critical for supporting development. The pro-reading message…

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App Makers Aim to Prove World’s Poorest Children Can Educate Themselves

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Can children who have never been to school teach themselves basic reading, writing and math skills using only a tablet computer? The World Bank and XPrize are betting $15 million on the idea. “It’s a little bit out there, it’s a little bit of a crazy idea,” said Matt Keller, senior director of the Global Learning…

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The enduring power of print for learning in a digital world

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By Patricia A. Alexander, Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland and Lauren M. Singer, Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Psychology, University of Maryland. PHOTO FUN Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology…

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Summer-reading: Books to keep kids learning

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Summer reading programs in some libraries and bookstores encourage students to keep reading during the school break. If you’re looking for good reads, check out the books below: “If I Were A Kangaroo,” by Mylisa Larsen This sweet, bedtime story imagines the bedtime rituals of different animals. Read as a mama kangaroo hops her joey off…

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R.L. Stine Total Solar Eclipse Books Glow in the Dark

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Reading a book during the total solar eclipse might get a little tricky when the moon covers the sun on Monday, bringing nothing but complete darkness across a number of states within the eclipse’ path. While thousands of people will more than likely have their eyes glued to the sky at the moment of totality—when the…

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A new chapter in the story of personal libraries

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A bookstore in the central province of Hubei is making a bid to revive China’s ancient culture of home study by designing and supplying libraries tailored to homeowners’ specific demands. The service, provided by the Hubei Foreign Languages Bookstore in Wuhan, the provincial capital, is thought to be the only one in the country. Since starting…

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