Vitamin D is good.
Studying children from the ages of one to five, the study found that higher levels of Vitamin D were associated with lower levels of non-high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which has steadily been implicated as a predictor of future cardiovascular health. Should their findings hold firm, the study authors believe that it could point to “early life interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention.”
Human beings’ two main sources for Vitamin D are sunshine and mushrooms. But mostly sunshine. My AMI trainer told me that the Children’s House needs plenty of natural light.
Psychologists at the University of York found new evidence that specific language used by mothers to talk to their babies can help their child to understand the thoughts of others when they get older.
The child is sensitive to language even “in the mysterious period which follows immediately after birth.” — Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
(Yes it’s not a fancy cover like the other publications, but in my opinion this is the best edition available). [Montessori, M. (1988) The Absorbent Mind. (C. Claremont, Trans.) Oxford, England: Clio Press. (Original work published 1948)]
Can break my bones.
Calling a child a negative name (regardless of your intention) increases the likelihood that he or she will become that very thing.
For example, a new study conducted by psychologists at UCLA has shown that girls who are called fat by close relatives, friends, classmates or teachers before age 10 are more likely to become obese later in life.
The child is sensitive to language.
Never speak ill of the child in his presence or absence. — Dr. Maria Montessori
It’s not exactly news that screens are really bad for kids.
Parents want their child to grow up to be the next CEO of Google. And using computers is what they do. So they give their kid an iPad. Except Sergey Brin did not play Candy Crush as a four-year-old.
Julia Child invented shark repellent for the CIA so that if World War II paratroopers fell into the ocean they would beat the Nazis instead of getting eaten by a monster-fish.
Montessori children come up with the most amazing things.
Oh look. Another study saying that smartphones are anti-educational.
A yearlong study of first-time smartphone users by researchers at Rice University and the U.S. Air Force found that users felt smartphones were actually detrimental to their ability to learn.
Better buy another one for the kid.