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Do You Want to Raise Smart Kids?

- Poor performance doesn’t come from a lack of ability but from a lack of motivation. According to Carol S. Dweck, a renowned professor from Stanford University, it is not a good idea to tell your kids they are smart. Instead, you should congratulate them for their hard work. Decades of …
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A Baby’s Experience During the First Year Is Key

- A long-lasting study about children from low-income families started in Philadelphia in the late 1980s was finally published in 2010. This research was among the first ones to demonstrate the profound impact of early childhood experience on the development of the brain, as well as the critical importance of …
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Why Math Is So Crucial for Preschoolers?

- Since last year, more than 30 American states have expanded access to preschool, but many questions remain unclear concerning what children need to learn during the early years. On the other hand, there is a lot of evidence that what is taught to preschoolers is of capital importance – math before …
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More Than a Quarter of Children Fail at Math During the Early Years

- In 2013, 28% of children in England did not achieve their expected levels at the end of the early years foundation stage. According to a report from the British All-Party Parliamentary Goup (APPG), the reason is that “mathematically under-qualified and unconfident” early childhood practitioners fail to provide young children …
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The “Word Gap”: Parents Can Boost their Babies’ and Toddlers’ Language Development

- The early results of a program created by Stanford psychologists reveal that teaching parents how to talk to their young children can enhance the language development of their offspring. Research has revealed that the toddlers who were told lesser words during their early years process language slower than their peers who …
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How to Boost the Language Development of your Baby

- A recent remarkable research revealed that the way we talk to very young children – the quality of words – is more important than the quantity of words. The babies and toddlers who have benefited from enhanced speech can have, by age 2, a vocabulary twice as large in comparison with …
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The “Quality of Words” Used with your Baby Counts More Than the “Quantity of Words”

- Two decades ago, a landmark study revealed that, by age 3, children from less-privileged families are already at an educational disadvantage even before they have started school. On average, those kids have heard 30 million fewer words than their peers from more affluent backgrounds. Though, a research published last spring …
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The Huge Long-Term Payoffs of Early Childhood Education

- According to a research by Katherine Magnuson of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and Greg Duncan, a professor at the University of California (Irvine), an intensive educational experience during the early years can generate huge returns. Investments in early childhood education are productive expenses that will be paid back later. The children …
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Many Teachers Still Believe That We Do Use Only 10% of our Brain!

- According to an old and persistently repeated assumption, human beings use only 10% of their brains. Science has long ago refuted this idea, but it nevertheless continues to be propagated as a truth. Much more disturbing is the fact, revealed in a recent survey conducted by Paul Howard-Jones at the University of Bristol, that the we-use-only-10%-of-our-brain myth is still …
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Why You Should Never Tell your Kids They Are Smart

- The brain is like a muscle and intelligence is not static: the more you use them, the stronger they become. When mistakes are made in processing a difficult task, for example, some neural connections are created while others are reinforced. So a good way to develop the brain is to …
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