Cognitive development

Jump into Literacy (2011)

Using a slide-show format, the author provides information on how children learn and offers suggestions for stimulating their interest in learning. Topics covered include key factors that influence brain development; the link between physical fitness and intelligence; promoting emergent literacy through movement and active learning; and the importance of spending time outdoors to promote healthy child development.

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2013-04-19

Let the children play: Nature's answer to early learning (2006)

Lessons in Learning – November 8, 2006

Changes in society over the past several decades have made it increasingly rare for Canadian children to have long, uninterrupted blocks of time to play indoors and outdoors, by themselves or with friends. At the same time, growing numbers of children spend substantial time in structured educational and recreation activities.

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2013-02-08

French-Immersion education in Canada (2007)

Lessons in Learning – May 17, 2007

In Canada, French-English bilingualism carries economic and cultural benefits. As well, studies have shown that bilingualism offers cognitive benefits.

French immersion is one of several French as a Second Language (FSL) program options available in elementary and secondary schools across Canada. Immersion programs vary according to the age of first French instruction, and the intensity of French instruction.

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2013-01-31

Love Grows Brains (2009)

A guide for parents to support their children's healthy brain development

This booklet explains the connection between early childhood experiences, brain growth, and lifelong learning.

The authors explain that the brain grows more from birth to age three than at any other time in a person’s life. They describe how everyday things like cuddling, singing and talking to a baby stimulate brain development.

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2011-02-24

Assessment of Readiness Skills During Early Childhood (2009)

Fact Sheet

If a child has difficulties in learning, early intervention can make a significant difference in his development. This fact sheet offers parents and teachers a quick guide to the areas of intellectual and social development children must master to become successful learners. The authors note that children who develop delays in any of the areas will benefit from comprehensive professional assessment.

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2010-02-10

Speech and language milestone chart (2009)

Fact Sheet

For most children, all the skills needed for oral language are acquired naturally by the time they are five years old. The fact sheet/speech and language milestone chart offers insight into where a child should be at a particular age ranging from one to six years. It also offers activities one could use in order to encourage language acquisition and proper speech patterns.

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2009-09-02

On the Job: Essential Skill of Thinking (2006)

People coming from different cultures and school systems have developed different ways of thinking and processing information. In some cultures significant use of memory is stressed more than in others. Decision making is discouraged in cultures where a top-down management style is favoured. In other countries secretaries still manage timetables and schedules with the result that some managers have not developed job task planning skills.

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2009-06-30

Family Math Groups (2009)

An Exploration of Content and Style

In this literature review, the author outlines the relationship of family math and family literacy, explores the importance of play in developing early skills, and traces the mathematical development of early childhood. She reviews several large and small scale family math programs, and discusses common findings as to what makes these programs successful.

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2009-04-28

The Cognitive Psychology of Literacy Teaching: Reading, Writing, Spelling, Dyslexia (2008)

In this book the author examines the concept of dyslexia. He begins by looking at the cognitive psychology of literacy, that is, how the brain works when it reads, writes or spells. He then looks at some interesting and unusual new ideas such as the powerful effect of affect on learning and performance, the significance of learned helplessness to learning and literacy and the enigma of consciousness in our teaching.

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2008-09-30

Literacy Development from Birth to Age Three (2012)

Based on the Nipissing Developmental Screen

Parents and other family members play a key role in a child's early development; they are their children’s first, and most important, teachers. The foundation for literacy development begins when children are very young, long before they go to school.

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2008-03-25

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