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Your Preschooler Is Much More Math-Ready Than You Think

– Typically, most of preschool teachers leave math teaching for grade school. They are under the assumption that 4 to 5 year olds cannot understand what numbers from 1 to 10 stand for, as declared by Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget in the last century. However, decades of intensive brain research …
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Are You Sure your Child Is Bad at Math? Like You?

– Inability in math is the result – most of the time – of a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you think that you’re bad at math, you should consider the next two questions: Is it because you didn’t study hard and long enough the subject? Or because you really lack the …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Genius Is Made, Not Born

The late Dr. Michael J.A. Howe, professor of cognitive psychology, wrote an enlightening book, Genius Explained (published in 1999), in which he addresses the commonly held belief that genius is born, not made. Through interesting, little known facts, Dr. Howe shows that nearly all of the people who developed into …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Listening To Your Children

When you ask your children a question, make sure you give them enough time to think about it at their own rhythm and pace (it may take them 5, 10 seconds, or even more, to come up with the correct response). If they give a wrong answer, don’t give them …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Models Of Patience

Effective early learning should not be a race, but instead a long, pleasant walk. Pushing children too hard or too fast is not the appropriate method to stimulate their curiosity. Attention and concentration skills have to be trained patiently, with a lot of encouragements, cheerfulness, smiles, laughs, digressions, anecdotes, and …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: When To Learn To Count

Babies and toddlers can start to be shown and told numbers and letters a lot earlier than generally practiced, even before they can walk or talk. With enough patience and repetition they will become progressively able to recognize different numbers and their order. Children can also learn to categorize objects and …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Early Math

Until the last century, many parents, educators and even scientists believed that children were unable to learn any math before the age of five. Recent research has shown that this assumption was wrong and that, in fact, children are ready to understand the basics of math much earlier. Both boys …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Home Is The New First Grade

When children start school, their mastery of numeracy and literacy fundamentals is the most important factor in predicting subsequent academic achievement. By then, their academic destiny is largely set. Kindergarten recently became the new first grade, but some parents (and some preschools) are already taking on this role. The best …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Early Academic Teaching

Some parents and educators still believe that the young brain is fragile and that early childhood is a time of innocence and thus not suitable for formal academic teaching. Based upon this principle, these individuals try to open up their children’s creative spirit by smooth exercises of awakening and discovery. …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: A Focus on Effort

Decades of research have shown that a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or ability is more stimulating. In her book Mindset – The New Psychology Of Success, Dr. Carol S. Dweck, professor of psychology, makes the comparison between students having a “growth mindset” or a “fixed mindset.” Schoolchildren …
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