Articles and research
The articles and research we’ve selected are based on current topics such as early education and learning, parenting and family life, and healthy living, exercise and nutrition.

We hope you will find these helpful as your child grows and develops as a Safari Learner.


Exergames Motivate Elementary School Kids to Exercise (!Our memory for sounds is significantly worse than our memory for visual or tactile things (!
Baby Books Help New Mothers Improve Toddlers’ Language Development(!
Language Comprehension Is Linked to Movement (!
How Does Physical Activity Affect Academic Performance? (!
Preschool Programs Improve Educational Outcomes for Children(!
Interactive Learning Environments May Boost Preschoolers’ Memory Skills(
Children Benefit From Physical Activity that Promotes both Cognitive and Motor Development (
Parents Who Praise Effort Can Bolster Children’s Persistence, Self-belief(
Children Who Go To Daycare May Benefit From a Wider Variety of Social Situations(Science Daily)
10 “Brain Foods For Kids ( 
Adding Movement to Mental Imagery Enhances Performance
Memories Serve As Tools For Learning and Decision-Making (Science Daily)
Playful Games Promote Reading Development (Science Daily)
Getting in Rhythm Helps Children Grasp Fractions, Study Finds (Science Daily)
Proven: Kids Get Smarter By Doing This One Simple Thing (Exercise!)
Common Core Standards Pose Problems for Preschools (
Correlation of The Head Start Framework to the Common Core State Standards in Kindergarten (

Resources from CDC’s “Learn the Signs, Act Early” Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Learn the Signs, Act Early” program seeks to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The program recently released two new resources for parents:

Milestone Moments This 42 page booklet includes milestone checklists and tips to help parents support their child’s development from age 2 months to 5 years, and guidance about what to do if developmental concerns arise. 

Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestones This brochure includes a checklist of key milestones from 6 months to 4 years and a message for parents about the tracking their child’s milestones and what to do if developmental concerns arise.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Retrieved February 21, 2011; NECTAC eNotes 2/25/11

Teaching Tools for Children with Challenging Behavior
The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has updated its Teaching Tools for Young Children (TTYC) to include strategies for toddlers. The teaching tools give teachers practical strategies to create a plan to support young children who are having challenging behavior, including prevention, intervention, and response strategies. In addition, there is an expanded manual that includes using TTYC with toddlers, a decision tree, forms for teaming, tips for consultation to the classroom, and guidance on assessing implementation and outcomes. To learn more, go

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children – Retrieved March 25, 2011; NECTAC eNotes 3/25/11

Working Effectively with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC on ASD) has identified 24 evidence-based practices for working effectively with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and is in the process of developing free online modules for each of these practices. Evidence-based practice (EBP) briefs for these 24 practices have also been developed. These include an overview of the practice, directions for implementation, an implementation checklist, the evidence base for the practice, and supplemental materials.

1.     Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

2.     Evidence-based Practice Briefs

Additionally, the IDEA Partnership has added new resources to its Collection on Autism Spectrum Disorder, including: an updated Glossary, Resource Guide, new Dialogue Guides, and a new PowerPoint with Presenter Guide on Functional Behavioral Assessment. To learn more, go to

Source: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder and the IDEA Partnership – Retrieved April 13, 2011

 Determining the Effectiveness of a Multisensory Approach To Teach the Alphabet and Phonemic Awareness Mastery in Kindergarten Children by Dr. Charlene Wrighton
Note: There are many additional resources on early education, curriculum, learning and the brain, literacy, achievement gaps, multiple intelligences, etc. located on pdf pages 164-170 of Dr. Char’s above article.

 New Race to Top Stresses Pre-K Tests, Early Ed. Program Ratings 
 White House Study: Arts raise math and reading achievement
 Schools Integrate Dance Into Core Academics
 Earlier Kindergarten Cutoff Date Sensible
 Roger Carthew, “On the importance of play”
 Brain Research and Education: Fad or Foundation?
 Q&A: Michael Gurian Says Boys Need Societal Nurturing, Too
 Gestures Lend a Hand in Learning Mathematics; Hand Movements Help Create New Ideas
Note: We love the fact that science backs use of gestures for memory. We use gestures (the same body movements) for our math rhymes and counting that we do for our Zoo-phonics® alphabet.

 Early-Literacy Findings Unveiled
 Kids Who Need Preschool the Most Aren’t Enrolled 
 Kids Learn More While Mom Is Listening 
• State Funding Helps Fuel Preschool Boom
 Early Education May Pay Lifelong Dividends 
 Are Schools Failing Our Sons? Why Boys Are Struggling 
 Nurturing the Reader in Our Sons 
 Write On! Help Young Writers Develop Their Skills 
 When Kids Hate School… Ensuring a Happy and Successful School Experience 
 A Book Is a Child’s Companion 
 Tips on Helping Your Child Learn To Communicate 
 Tips on Helping Your Child Learn To Talk 
 Raise a Reader 
 Lack of Sleep Can Affect a Kid’s IQ 
• First-day Jitters: Starting Preschool
• Education Costs: the Most Expensive Preschools
• Learning Styles: Which One Is Your Child?
• Preschoolers Grow Older As Parents Seek An Edge

 Biting Behavior in ToddlersNew!
 Helpful Suggestions from ICES For Raising Wonderful Children 
 Travel & Learn 
 Growing Green Kids 
 9 Secrets of Confident Kids 
 10 Tips For Stress-less Parenting 
 10 Tips On Discipling Your Child With Love 
 10 Ways To Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem 
 What Every Child Needs 
 Science Museums in the West 
 Mind Expanding Science Museums 
 Parenting Can Be Fattening 
• Raise a Scientist
• Who Needs Preschool?

 More Benefits Than Just a Paycheck for Moms: Working Moms Are Healthier Than Stay-At-Home Moms (Science Daily)New!
 The Brain Tour Explains How the Brain Works and How Alzheimer’s Affects It
 New Therapy May Knock Out Peanut Allergy 
• 10 Healthy Foods for Under $1
 How To Pack a School Lunch Kids Will Eat
 Security Check…does your preschooler know these five essential rules?
 Breakfast Benefits May Differ For Boys, Girls 
 Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency Poses Risk: study 
 Breakfast Boosts Brain Power 
• FDA: No Cough, Cold Drugs For Tots 
 Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) 
• Eggs Are Brain Food
• Stomach Flu Spread By Contaminated Computer Keyboards
• Honey Proves a Better Option For Childhood Cough Than OTCs
• Toddlers Need Iron
• The “Harmless” Symptom You Shouldn’t Ignore

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