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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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Study: Why Preschoolers Need to Develop Academic Skills

– Until recently, research in early childhood education was mainly centered on disadvantaged kids while gauging the gap (as big as a full school year on average at kindergarten entry) between kids from low-income and higher-income backgrounds. But according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, the …
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Children Need Academic-Oriented Preschool to Be Kindergarten-Ready

– School reformers are pushing to expand public kindergarten towards more academic standards and an increasing number of children are exposed earlier and earlier to basic math and language. On one hand, this trend is worrying some education experts and parents who think that such young kids should be playing …
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What Is the “Baby-PISA” or “Mini-PISA” Early Learning Assessment Program?

– PISA, the Program for International Student Assessment of 15-year-old students, is followed by a growing number of countries as a benchmark to compare their progress in education. Now, it seems that – finally – the world is beginning to understand all the importance of “early education” as well. The …
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Math Learning Begins at Home, in the Preschool Years

– A new study by researchers from the University of Chicago has shown that math anxiety is a a problem not only in the United States but in many countries in the world. The central question of the research was: does the fact that you are bad at math make …
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Phonics – Sounding Out Words – Is the Most Effective Method to Learn Reading

– How children should learn to read is an old and intense controversy. Researchers from Royal Holloway University of London and the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit wanted to know which is more efficient in learning to read, is it by sounding out words or by guessing whole-word meaning. …
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