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Children Who Read Books Daily Score Higher on School Tests

When children read books daily outside school, it directly influences their academic performance, according to a major new study by the University of Malaga and UCL, which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Oxford Review of Education. Using longitudinal census data to look at more than 43,000 students aged 10 to 11 and then again ...

Troy Oakes

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Should Preschool Writing Be More Communication and Less ABCs?

Writing instruction in early education should be about more than letter formation and penmanship, argue Michigan State University researchers who found preschool teachers don’t often encourage writing for communication purposes. Hope Gerde, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, said: “Few teachers in this study think about writing as communication. “However, ...

Troy Oakes

A child with crayons.

Health: Child Brain Development Might Be Influenced by Gut Bacteria

The bacteria in the human gut might play a key role in child brain development, a new study has found. Research also suggests that gut bacteria may also contribute to symptoms of autism. Brain effects The brain development study was conducted by Sophie Rowland from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her team. They looked at ...

Raven Montmorency

Curious child looking out a window.