Category Archives: Blog

Sleep on It

March 26,2017

Until recently, the connection between naps and children’s learning has been largely unexplored, but new research suggests that naps may play a valuable role. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that babies who nap within four hours of learning something new are more likely to remember what they learned than children who didn’t nap in that timeframe. The study concluded that sleep may play a role in forming long term memories. Another study published in Psychological Science concluded that, “Naps appear to promote a qualitative change in memory, one involving greater flexibility in learning.”

So while more research is needed, it is possible that naps may help your children learn better. And since naptime is a great time to get things done, you may be glad for naptime, too.

 

Stress Less

February 26,2017

Raising children can be stressful for parents. Fortunately, reading can be a powerful stress reliever. In fact, research conducted at the University of Sussex indicates that after only six minutes, reading can reduce stress levels by as much as 68%. The act of reading slows heart rates and eases tension in muscles, too. In fact, reading is a more powerful stress reducer than listening to music or going for a walk.

So when you feel so stressed you might “lose it,” get lost in a book. With any luck, you’ll more calm and relaxed in no time.

 

Make Your Children Smarter

January 29,2017

If there were something you could do to raise your children’s IQ would you do it? Well, there is! Research shows that reading to children in an interactive style can increase their IQ by 6 points over a six-month period.

What do we mean by an interactive style? We mean engaging your child in book-related conversation before, during, and after reading to them. Although it can take a little longer to read interactively, it is easy to do and is definitely worth doing. See our tips below.

 

Tips for Interactive Reading

Before reading: Preview a book’s cover and the pictures inside. Ask questions like:

  • What do you see on the cover of this book? (A: Three bears)
  • Have you ever seen bears in real life (A: Yes, at the zoo.) Were the bears at the zoo that you saw wearing clothes like this? (A: No!)
  • Let’s look inside the book at the pictures on every page. After looking at the pictures, what do you think happens to the bears in this story?

During reading: Follow your children’s lead. Stop reading to their answer questions and discuss the story. Have fun using different voices to represent various characters in the story.

After reading: Summarize the story or ask your children to do so. Ask open ended questions starting with words like: who, what, when, where, why.