I saw this on Fran Drescher's Twitter account from the Cincinnati Business courier and am quite floored by it. Am I the only one who doesn't know this? How about all of the little kids I see where parents are handing them their ipad and smart phones for play purposes. I jusst need to know more but it is based on a study presented at the Pediatric Academic societies meeting in DC. Of course, they recommend hand washing.
But pregnant women should be careful - a 10x increase in maternal PBDE's is associated with a 4 point IQ deficit. Of course, we also have the age old question here of causation or correlation. I do think we need to know more and also if the equipment we're purchasing to use with young children has PBDEs in them.
If you know more, please leave comments. It does say that some manufacturers are voluntarily phasing these out.
"Small children should not touch electronic items such as TVs, mobile phones, computers and other products, according to University of Cincinnati researchers.
Chemicals found in such items and in many other products, including older carpets and furniture, can cause behavioral and cognition problems, they have found."
Awesome ways to use QR codes to help children learn to read.
I had an incredible conversation with Kevin Jarrett and Jeremy Ervin about Kevin's STEM lab. He's taken an elementary computer lab and turned in into a STEM classroom where kids from kindergarten up learn Engineering, Math, science, and Technology. It is a fantastic model and I'm so impressed with what he's doing. Hope you'll take a listen and share.
An alphabet chart that you may print out and use for your classes to help them remember the sounds of letters.
This is a great lesson that is perfect for kindergarten and first grade or students with fine motor problems.
Lesson plan starters for elementary classrooms. A lot of ideas and games you can download and use for creative ways to start class.
Lesson plans indexed by topic for kids aged 5-11. Just about any topic you need.
Some excellent lesson plans, assembly ideas, and downloadables for Valentine's Day. From math to history, you'll find something for tomorrow.
If you work with younger children under the age of 5, you will want to look deeper into this research that shows that words mean less to children than adults when trying to categorize things. ""In the past, we thought that if we name the things for children, the labels will do the rest: children would infer that the two things that have the same name are alike in some way or that they go together," he said. "We can't assume that anymore. We really need to do more than just label things."
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