January ’18 Newsletter
Howdy, from the Sequor YDI research team. In this newsletter, we have decided to focus on a theme regarding Starting New. This includes resource links from Child Trends that are centered on preparation and routines. The purpose of these links is to garner a better understanding of how the environment and expectations of youth affect educational development.
A New announcement for the YDI team is also happening this month. As the faculty youth development team continues to grow, Sequor YDI would like to welcome Dr. Darlene Locke to the team. Dr. Locke has accepted a position of Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist for the Youth Development Initiative. More information about Dr. Locke can be found below.
Lastly, Sequor YDI is also interested in hearing from You. If you have an idea or question related to Youth Development, please feel free to contact us for more information. In the past we use this form as a method to stay in touch with current trends that youth are currently facing.
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And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
Sequor YDI is happy to announce an addition to our YDI faculty, Dr. Darlene Locke
Dr. Locke has a Ed.D. in Agriculture Education and has spent 20 plus years in TAMU Agrilife Extension as an Extension Agent, Regional and State 4-H Program Specialist, and Program Director and Director of the 4-H Conference Center.
Some of her most notable programmatic accomplishments include:
Leadership for the Design, Implementation and Evaluation of 4-H leadership programs.
Volunteerism for Youth Development incorporating teaching and learning strategies related to volunteer development
International Programs which include multiple opportunities for immersive homestay and travel experiences, cultural exploration and service learning.
Youth Development Resources
Brushing teeth before bed; a nightly story to unwind. Maybe it’s a family walk right after dinner. Routines are often a touchstone in a child’s day. Now, experts in human development say that such routines may be a critical part of getting kids ready for kindergarten.For Davis Patterson, helping dad Omari in the kitchen is a daily afternoon ritual. He’s learning first-hand about meal preparation and nutrition, and he’s engaging in behavior that may have also prepared him for school. Kristen Bub, EDD, a developmental psychologist at the University of Illinois, and her colleague at Auburn University found that regular family routines started as early as 14 months predicted a child’s readiness for kindergarten. Read more
How adults read to children matters as much as what they read
There are many benefits of reading to your child! Reading can boost early brain development and help build language, literacy, and social skills. But research suggests that how you read to your child may impact what they get out of it. Animals that talk, kids who fly, and caterpillars that never get full-children’s books sure do rouse the imagination! But new research suggests that kids may be able to use story time to solve real-world problems. A paper published in the journal Cognition found that five- and six-year-olds were better able to identify and apply the moral of a story when they were prompted to explain key events in the book, but not when an adult pointed out the moral for them. Read more