Research at New York University School of Medicine shows that reading to a baby adds..

Reading with children starting in infancy gives lasting literacy boost | Reading Rockets

New research at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting shows that reading books with a child beginning in early infancy can boost vocabulary and reading skills four years later, before the start of elementary school. “These findings are exciting because they suggest that reading to young children, beginning even in early infancy, has a lasting effect on language, literacy and early reading skills,” said Carolyn Cates, PhD, lead author and research assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

Children should learn ‘digital literacy’ alongside the Rs, peers say

Teaching children about the internet should be as important as the three Rs, with youngsters given the skills to keep safe online, a committee of peers has recommended. {Read more at this link:}

The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies

Dr. Doug Belshaw is a Researcher/Analyst at JISC Advance where he researches and advises on issues around open education and innovation. A former teacher and senior leader with experience of all sectors, Doug is also co-kickstarter of Purpos/ed which aims to encourage and sustain debate around the purpose(s) of education.
Doug recently completed his doctorate on digital and new literacies which, as an open practitioner, he has shared online since he began writing it.

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Being a parent could ADD two years to your life

Parent reading to two children.

In a Swiss study likely to be met with skepticism by bleary-eyed parents, health experts are claiming that parenthood may be the secret to long life – because children go on to provide vital support.

Swedish health experts found people with children tended to live longer

The suspected reason is children provide vital support when parents are older

        At 60 years old, fathers can expect to survive another 20.2 years

Mothers at 60 can be expected to live a further 24.6 years

The question: How many years per child are added? Do I reach the inevitable law of diminishing marginal returns? Magic Number?

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