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Having a Home Library Can Have Powerful Impact on Children, Says Study

The advantages can last with them into their adult years!


In this day and age of search engines, social media and mobile devices, is it still a good idea to have your own library at home? While some may argue e-books and online tools can helps then save space, experts still believe that having physical books at home is still important – particularly if you have young children living at home.

According to a new study, having a home library can have a great impact on children – and it can be an advantage that they can bring well into adulthood.

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In a paper entitled “Scholarly culture: How books in adolescence enhance adult literacy, numeracy and technology skills in 31 societies,” authors studied 160,000 adults from 2011 and 2015 and discovered that “having 80 or more books in a home results in adults with significantly higher levels of literacy, numeracy, and information communication technology (ICT) skills,” a BigThink article tells us.

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As the paper says:

“Growing up with home libraries boosts adult skills in these areas beyond the benefits accrued from parental education or own educational or occupational attainment.”

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Furthermore, we learn that children who grew up with libraries at home and attain high school level education “become as literate, numerate and technologically apt in adulthood as university graduates who grew up with only a few books.”

Study lead author Dr. Joanna Sikora of Australian National University likewise mentioned that these benefits were often experienced in homes that had 80 to 350 books. In the United States, the average number of books owned by families is 114 – which is a good number, according to the study.

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The paper also pointed out:

“Early exposure to books in [the] parental home matters because books are an integral part of routines and practices that enhance lifelong cognitive competencies.

“These competencies facilitate educational and occupational attainment, but they also lay a foundation for lifelong routine activities that enhance literacy and numeracy.”


25 Times People Tried To Recreate Famous Artworks And Totally Nailed It

You need to check out #16!

People have been sending their entries to a project called "Take a photo of the Rembrandt type" since last December. The project’s feed on garnered over 300 submissions showing people recreating famous artworks.

The best part of this project is that anyone could be a part of it. In fact, you don’t have to be so serious in replicating these famous works of Classic Art or hire a professional photographer to take your snaps. Some entrants had a sense of humor in it but still managed to deliver what was needed.

Here are 25 times people tried to recreate famous artworks and nailed it.

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Early School Enrollment Can Do More Harm Than Good, Warns Experts

“When children have educational experiences that are not geared to their developmental level, it can cause them great harm.”

While it is definitely important for parents to help their children develop a love for learning early on in their lives, signing them up for school too soon might actually do more harm than good.

According to Kerry McDonald, author of Liberty to Learn: Why Children Need Self-Directed Education, even enrolling a child a year in advance can potentially be a big deal.

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We Only Have 10 Years To Save The Seas, Warns Experts

Or else, “life on earth will become impossible.”

Here's one news item we should all pay attention to - before it's too late. The Global Oceanic Environmental Survey (GOES) Foundation, a charity group based in Edinburgh, is warning the world about the gravity of our sea pollution problem.

Marine biologist Dr Howard Dryden, who's also the founder and chief scientific officer of the group, said that the world needs to take drastic action or we suffer the dire consequences - the "entire collapse of the entire marine ecosystem," he said.

The clock is ticking... In fact, we only have 10 years!

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