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Reading to kids: Quality over quantity

We have long known that reading is good for children, but research has now gone a step further and figured out how to ensure that the time we spend reading to our children is having the best possible effect on their brain development. Find out how.

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Tips for helping children learn to read

Research into reading aloud shows more than half of children are not being read to at home, leading to calls for parents to keep reading aloud to children. Dr Susan Ledger says when teaching reading, we need to understand how children read.

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Building language through conversation

Cognitive scientists believe that conversations between a parent and a child, known as 'conversational turns', appear to influence the biological growth of the brain, and this back-and-forth conversation is actually critical to language development.

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Household chores help children learn

How many times have you written a shopping list or read recipes without a second thought? Researchers at Macquarie University have discovered that verbalising the processes you go through every day in your household could help your child read and write.

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How to fill the '30 million word gap'

A study called the 30 million word gap reports children from lower-income families hear 30 million fewer words than those from higher-income families by age three. The more words your child hears, the more they’ll know; so speak to them early and often.

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ELLA offers play-based language learning

In preschools across Australia, the Early Learning Language Australia (ELLA) program is helping more than 80,000 children become comfortable with learning a different language early in life, using a fun, digital, play-based language learning program.

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Building better brains with bilingualism

As adults, we fail to wrap our tongue around unfamiliar nasal vowels, guttural sounds or the nuances of tonal languages, while children slip effortlessly between languages. Until the age of seven, children are geniuses at acquiring a second language.

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Making the most of teachable moments

Why do children ask questions? Endless. Relentless. Questions. The reason they’re asking them is to make sense of the world around them. They are just beginning to learn, and the “why” questions help spur and accelerate their learning about their world.

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