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Do You Believe your Child Is Gifted or Talented?

– It’s not surprising, but many parents believe their children learn faster, are more creative and bolder explorers than their peers. However, in order to qualify for popular public school gifted programs, children are expected to have numerous intellectual and social specific skills, in addition to a superior IQ. Pupils can be …
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Why a Lot of Parents and Preschool Teachers Dislike Math

– According to ​Deborah Stipek, a professor at Stanford University and the former dean of the School of Education, preschool children need more math. Nowadays, parents are well aware of the undisputed advantages of reading, talking and singing with their children. But this is, by far, not yet the case …
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Why Parents Should Practice Math at Home with their Preschool Children

– A research from Purdue University has shown that preschool children who do math activities at home with mom or dad not only benefit from improvement in math skills but in literacy skills as well. “Exposure to basic numbers and math concepts at home were predictive, even more so than …
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Common Myths About our Brain: Learning Styles, Reading Styles, the Mozart Effect and More

– Several pernicious myths about our brain are as widespread as persistent. Not so long ago, children were supposed to have their learning skills boosted by listening to Mozart and watching stimulating images of the then-famous Baby Einstein video series. Many people believed that classical music has a beneficial effect …
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How to Raise “Genius” and “Gifted” Kids

– Since 1971, the “Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth” (SMPY) – one of the longest study about “gifted” children in history – has tracked 5,000 of the top students in America. The following of these high achievers for 45 years revealed some interesting things. For example, that even pupils with high IQs need teachers …
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Don’t Label Your Child. She Was Not Born Sassy. Nor Bad. Neither Stupid.

– Don’t blame your daughter (or son) for her sassiness. Nurture, not nature is at work here. Attitudes like talking back or eye-rolling are not appropriate demeanor for young people. Even if we can see it in kids of any age, frequent sass and snark should not be tolerated and …
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Many Parents Underestimate How Much and How Fast their Children’s Brain Change

– Nowadays, practically everybody knows that human brain development continues until adulthood, but a lot of parents still underestimate how much and how fast childrens’ brain change from year to year, with a decisive impact on their behavior. Even if several scientific studies have shown that young brains are capable …
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Kindergarten-Ready Kids Are Ready… for Life

– According to Dan Gartrell, director of the Child Development Training Program and professor of early childhood and elementary education at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota, brain research helps us to better understand what school-readiness is. It doesn’t only concern academic basics, but also children’s attitude and confidence in the learning …
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Children’s Early Learning Environment Is a Good Predictor of their Academic Skills in 5th Grade

– According to ​a new research by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, children who use learning materials such as books and toys and are engaged in learning activities and conversations during their early years are more likely to develop cognitive abilities that will lead them to …
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How to Help your Children Develop Strong Early Math Skills

– Nowadays, most parents know all the importance of early language development, so they do a lot to help their young children in this domain. But numeracy skills are also important, perhaps even more than literacy skills. Teaching basic math not only prepare children for school, it’s also the indispensable …
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