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Should Children with Reading Difficulties Be Given the Label of “Dyslexia”?

- According to Joe Elliott and Elena Grigorenko, authors of the book “The Dyslexia Debate”, ”dyslexia” is an imprecise label that does nothing to assist the children to whom it is applied. The authors are not denying that there is indeed a well known issue for children with reading difficulties and that it …
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Preschoolers Are Able to Do Elementary Algebra

- According to Melissa Kibbe, a psychologist from Johns Hopkins University, our approximate number system makes it possible for us to learn early how to count and then do math, including algebra and trigonometry. Humans, like the majority of animals, have the innate capacity to estimate the number of objects in their …
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Why Do So Many Smart Kids Hate Math? What Can Smart Parents Do About It?

The number of smart kids who dislike math is worrying. A huge contributing factor is that many parents – even smart parents – steer clear of mathematics. With the focus schools and employers have nowadays on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses and skills, it is crucially important for …
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The Importance of Talking to (Premature) Babies

- “Preemies” are at risk of language delay. According to a new study, exposing preterm babies to more adult language can improve their language skills at 18 months. Dr. Betty Vohr, a professor of pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, R.I, compares the brain to a …
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STEM Early Education: How to Prepare the Scientists and Engineers of Tomorrow

- In February, around 500 educators participated at the Early Childhood STEM Conference in Costa Mesa to discuss about the best ways to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics to preschoolers. Learning through play was of course at the center of the discussion, but this was not the only topic. – “We …
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The Scientific Evidence of Environmental Influence on Children’s Brain Development

- At a symposium held in January, 2014 in Toronto, world experts in the biology of child and brain development gathered with their peers specialized in the health and success of entire societies. The conference underscored the importance of public commitment to children’s health for the general prosperity of populations. – There …
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CHILDUP BESTOF: Why Schools Should Forget Health and Safety Regulations During Playtime

- As part of a successful university experiment, at Swanson primary school in Auckland, children are free to climb trees, ride skateboards and playing bullrush without any rules during playtime. A permissive education method that seem to have many benefits; in particular a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism. – …
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Play Activities Like Peek-a-Boo Are Helping Babies’ Brain Development

- According to a new study by researchers at the University of Connecticut, one-on-one conversations with babies are not only helping their language development, but the development of many other brain skills as well. On the other hand, half of parents believe that children learn as much from watching TV as …
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Intuitive Numerical Exercise Improves Children’s Math Skills and Grades

- According to a new study, intuitive number tasks – like comparing two sets of objects (for example two unequal groups of paper clips) without counting them – can boost children’s math abilities and grades. – This research is the first to show a correlation between the practice of instinctive numerical exercise and …
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Half of Children Already Struggling in Math as Early as the First Weeks of Kindergarten

 - According to new data from the Office of Public Instruction (OSPI), based on observations from the WaKIDS program (Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills), math struggles start even before kids enter kindergarten. In this matter, only a little over half of the students rated for their school-readiness had the desired …
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