The Daily Bulletin
A new study has found that young children whose mothers encourage math skills do better on related tests, and with subtraction and addition.
The study, conducted by researchers at Boston College, was published in November in the journal Child Development.
Researchers determined that young children whose mothers supported them during play, specifically in their labeling of object quantities, had better math achievement at ages 4.5 and 5 years old. Moms helped their children count items, identify numbers and organize sets of objects. Children whose parents worked with them performed better on math tests in preschool and did better with basic math problems in first grade, the results showed.
To read the full study, go to onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12676/abstract.
Writing thank-you notes might not be a favorite activity for children, but it is a good habit for them to adopt.
With holiday gift giving in full swing, it’s wise to encourage youngsters and teenagers to write notes as they receive presents, rather than putting it off until later.
Providing guidance about what to write also can be helpful. The folks at Hallmark offer some tips on composing thank-you notes, at ideas.hallmark.com/articles/thank-you-ideas/how-to-write-a-thank-you-note.
It’s also a good time to remind kids what to do when they receive a gift they don’t like or already own. Etiquette experts recommend telling them to thank the giver for thinking of them and to say something positive about the item.
Parents looking for some family-friendly fun on New Year’s Eve may want to check out First Night Columbus.
The annual event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at COSI, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus 43215.
First Night debuted in Columbus in 1995 and is part of a 100-city network of celebrations that are family-centered and alcohol-free.
This year’s celebration includes movies in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, planetarium shows, inflatables, video games, live music and more. All activities will be held inside COSI; there is no fireworks show this year.
Tickets are $10 through Dec. 30, $15 the day of the event. There is an extra charge for some activities.
For more information, go to firstnightcolumbus.com.
If you haven’t made it to Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium yet, fear not. The annual holiday extravaganza continues through Jan. 1.
In addition to admiring millions of colorful LED lights throughout the zoo, visitors can check out special activities such as a skating rink, visits with Santa, the chance to see reindeer, seasonal shows, a holiday train and more. (There is a fee for some items.)
New this year, a 42-foot Sparkling Spruce adds to the merriment with light and sound displays twice an hour. Animated light shows at Conservation Lake are scheduled every 15 minutes.
Wildlights hours are 5-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Note that the zoo is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
For more information, go to columbuszoo.org.
COSI’s newest exhibition accelerates the science center’s effort to highlight STEAM-based careers for local students.
Meet the Innovators, which opened Dec. 11, is an engineering-based experience developed in partnership with Honda and the PAST Foundation. Through hands-on activities and videos, visitors can learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Local Honda associates helped design the exhibit.
Sample activities include simulated trail rides on an all-terrain vehicle, learning about suspension systems, comparing air resistance in a wind tunnel, taking a virtual crash test drive and designing a vehicle.
For more information, go to cosi.org.
There’s still plenty of time to catch central Ohio’s newest holiday lights event.
The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival, which is making its first visit to the state, continues at the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair through Jan. 2.
Part holiday lights show and part cultural festival, the event features 39 lighted displays (including a 200-foot dragon), performances, food and more. The traveling exhibit is staged by Tianyu Arts and Culture.
The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival takes place from 5-10 p.m. nightly (weather-permitting) at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Park at the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 43211.
For more information, including ticket information and a schedule of performance times, go to ohiolanternfestival.com.
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