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5 Pernicious Myths About Early Math

– A lot of people are anxious about math. Millions of adults lack confidence in their math abilities, a problem often taking root in bad early childhood experiences. This math anxiety can have long-lasting negative consequences, such as recurrent frustration in everyday life and missed career opportunities. And in an …
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We’re 25 Years Behind in Early Math Education

– Reading bedtime stories became a parent’s daily duty as common as encouraging their kids to teeth-brushing. The next very important step is to take the same kind of good habit with early math. According to researchers of DREME (Development and Research in Early Math Education), it’s time for Dad …
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Most Boys Leave Primary School with Poor Math and Literacy Skills

– According to the UK government, a majority of boys leave primary school lacking basic standards in literacy and numeracy. Already at a young age, girls have better results than their male peers as they tend to be more eager to please and because of the smaller number of male …
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Why Preschool Math Skills Are So Important

– A good level of math skills in preschool helps children succeed later on. According to a recent study, preschoolers are more likely to be good at math at kindergarten entry if they understand early the two following basic concepts: word association with numbers and the quantities numbers represent. Young …
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Why You Should Encourage your Kids to Count on their Fingers

– It turns out it’s good for your children to count on their fingers to do math. While finger counting is still broadly considered by adults as a less intelligent way of counting and calculating, attitude about it seems to be changing in the world of math education. In fact, …
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Why Boys Lag Behind Girls in Literacy from the Start

– Based on research by experts from the University of Bristol, the charity Save the Children reports that boys are almost twice as likely as girls to fall behind in basic language skills by the time they start school. Preschool boys and girls do the same amount of literacy based activities, such …
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Math Skills Improve by Doing Math Every Day

– Math skills improve by doing math every day – just like reading skills improve by reading every day. According to Michael Priyev, founder of New York City’s Eureka Math Tutors, “Math has the power to strike fear into the hearts of children and adults alike.” On her part, Mallory …
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Babies Are Incredible Learning Machines

– Babies are not empty vessels waiting to be filled with knowledge. Over the last three decades, scientists have discovered that, during their first months and years, children are much more influenced by their environment than previously assumed. This is what the filmmaker Estela Renner discovered in speaking with early-childhood …
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Many Parents Miss What Happens During their Baby’s First Years

– According to a survey sponsored by “Zero to Three” and the “Bezos Family Foundation,” new parents underestimate how strongly the first years can influence their children’s destiny and are confused about what happens during this so critical period. The study also showed that many parents worry about discipline. Half …
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How to Boost Preschoolers’ Vocabulary and Science Knowledge

– According to a study led by New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, teaching preschoolers about insects and plants by reading them informational science books helps the development of both their vocabulary and science knowledge. This research showed that the kind of text children read …
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