Teacher and writer for Scholastic.com, Patty Blome, asks herself two essential questions before giving homework assignments:
- What is the outcome expected by assigning homework?
- What makes those tasks so important to do exclusively outside of school?
Blome also structures assignments to promote metacognition (i.e., one’s ability to think about their thinking processes), self-generated investigation, and use of technology. When students think about how they learn – by structuring time and materials and by problem solving – they are more motivated.
Article: Parenting Pep Talk: How Much Homework is Too Much?, theexaminernews.com
Do the benefits of early child care last? As parents we hope so and consequently, we provide the best care we can find and afford. Here’s some evidence that the effort is worth it. A 2010 study looked at the influence of child care when provided by someone other than a family member. The study found that children who received higher quality child care between the ages of 0 and 4.5 were more likely to have greater cognitive-academic success when 15-years-old. The higher the quality of child care, the higher the success when 15. Also, high quality child care also predicted less frequency of delinquency and aggression. When child care is necessary, a high quality situation will allow you and your child to reap the benefits for years.
Abstract: Do Effects of Early Child Care Extend to Age 15 Years? Results From the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, Child Development
After examining a survey of 7500 children, researchers suggest that breastfeeding does not contribute to a child’s school readiness.
There is evidence that breastfeeding for three months or more is positively associated with a child’s reading skills. However, this association seems to be because mothers who breastfeed are often more educated and exhibit behaviors that support a child’s cognitive development. Instead of breastfeeding, reading to a child and being sensitive and supportive of a child’s development were more likely to predict a child’s success in math and reading.
While these researchers concede that breastfeeding aids development in other ways, they suggest that parental behaviors that support a child’s development are a more direct way of preparing the child for school.
Article: Breastfeeding, Parenting, and Early Cognitive Development, Journal of Pediatrics