Category: Early Learning

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: The Most Critical Periods for Brain Development

Different areas of the brain develop and mature in different stages and at varying paces. A series of “critical periods” or “windows of opportunity” occur during the first years when the brain is most flexible. At birth, each brain cell (neuron) counts about 2,500 connections (synapses) with other brain cells. …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: The Plasticity of the Brain

In the past (and even today), some people believed that, at birth, the human brain was pre-programmed and fully equipped with a set of particular innate abilities. Due to this commonly held belief, a few lucky children were destined for a bright future while many others had little chance to …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: First Years Are Key

A baby’s brain is only 25 percent developed at birth, and after three years, it reaches 80 percent of its capacity. A newborn’s brain contains about 100 billion cells (neurons) that are, for the most part, not yet wired together. The majority of this linking occurs during the first three …
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Should We Let our Babies Use a Tablet?

– Many people are predicting terrible consequences for young children exposed to media devices. Are the effect of tablets and smartphones on our little ones as bad as forewarned? During their early years, should children learn in front of a screen rather than using old-fashioned toys and exploring their real environment? …
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Parents Are their Preschoolers Most Important Teachers

– Preschoolers do not need magical toys, games or videos to help with their brain development. What young children need above everything else – and every day – is a warm, close and strong relationship with their parents. Mothers and fathers who, as loving and caring role models, are constantly finding new opportunities for their children in the …
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Study: Even Babies Know If Two Objects Are Different or Alike

– According to a new study conducted by Northwestern University scientists, babies can distinguish if two objects are different or alike. This is the first research demonstrating that infants have such an ability. “This suggests that a skill key to human intelligence is present very early in human development, and that …
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Children Who Are Behind in Preschool Math Will Also Lag in Reading

– Due to their dislike of math, many preschool teachers think they are unable to teach math to kids. In order to heal this widespread math phobia, in Decatur (Georgia, USA), instructional coaches are visiting preschools to show how mathematics can be used daily and in funny ways with very …
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Thinking about Patterns Helps Kids to Do Math

– Most of today’s parents and teachers know that reading to preschoolers is of prime importance for their literacy development. On the other hand – while just as important – numeracy development remains largely neglected. An efficient but often overlooked way to improve the math learning and skills of young …
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Do You “Meritocratic Love” your Kids?

– There are two rising trends in child-rearing: some kids are lavishly praised in any situation and for any little feat, while they can be honed like never before. Parents’ desire to help their offspring access good schools and start good careers is understandable and welcome; this is indeed good …
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