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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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Crying Babies Are Made, Not Born

– According to a new study, Danes, Germans and Japanese babies cry the least, while their peers in the UK, Italy and Canada cry the most. Denmark is not only the second best country to live in for women, but it also has the best healthcare system in Europe and …
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What Happens When You Gaze into your Baby’s Eyes

– When you gaze into your baby’s eyes, something pretty amazing happens; she or he is looking back at you. From the earliest days, intelligence and emotion are already at work behind those two cute big eyes. The emotional and cognitive abilities that start developing in a newborn’s brain from …
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You Really Should Hold and Touch and Cuddle your Baby as Much as Possible

– For decades, a lot of people used to believe and repeat that if you pick up your baby too often they will get “spoiled.” Fortunately, a growing number of parents are now aware how absurd this counter-intuitive assumption is. On the contrary, as a recent study has shown, the …
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The Birth Order Effect: Why First-Born Children Do Better at School

– A new research has confirmed that first-born children achieve better at school because they benefit from more intense parental attention during the early years. The follow-up of thousands of families for more than a decade has shown that parents devote a lot of time developing the abilities of their …
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