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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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Brain Development During Preschool Years Is More Important Than Later On

– During the first years of life, a child’s brain creates between 700 to 1,000 new neural connections per second. To better understand what happens at this turbulent time, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine studied the influence of parents at each stage of a child’s growth. To …
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Counting on your Fingers Is a Critical Help in Understanding Math

– According to a paper recently published by Stanford University’s mathematics education research initiative “youcubed,” the common notion – even among teachers – that finger-counting isn’t for smart children is misguided. On the contrary, using your fingers to count is a critical help in math learning. Jo Boaler, professor of …
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India Sets the Good Example in Early Childhood Education

– India invests in early education as part of a national strategy, as do Bangladesh, China, Turkey, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malaysia. These are good examples of an important and rather recent trend. The leaders of these countries are fully aware – perhaps more than their counterparts …
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