Category: Early Learning

Gender Gap in Math Performance Already Evident in Kindergarten

– According to a recent study published by the American Educational Research Association, the gender gap between math performance and teachers’ expectations is already evident in kindergarten. The study also revealed that girls’ math abilities were consistently underrated by their teachers, even when male and female pupils behaved and achieved …
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Counting on your Fingers Is a Sign of Intelligence

– Do you feel embarrassed counting using your fingers? You should not: it’s a sign of intelligence. Many parents tend to discourage their kids to count on their fingers, believing this may impede their learning skills. Yet, according to research, children who do math using their fingers have a better …
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Kids Learn to Read at the Barbershop

– The Fuller Cut barbershop in Michigan gives a two dollars discount to any child reading aloud while getting their haircut. Ryan Griffin, a father of three, is the barber who brought the program to Fuller Cut. Last August, he began bringing old positive African American books to the shop …
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Why Teaching Preschoolers Math Language Is So Important

– According to a study from Purdue University, teaching preschoolers math words and concepts like “fewer”, “some”, “more” and “a lot” help them develop better math abilities. “We found that when children were read stories with age-appropriate mathematical language and pictures, and then discussed these specific concepts in small groups, …
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Parents Have to Teach Math and Reading to their Children

– When they start school, children of all backgrounds must be prepared with fundamental math and language skills. But in reality, a lot of students are counting and reading lower than their grade level. Since almost all children start and end the day at home, this is the place where …
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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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Basic Math Skills Are a Must to Thrive

– ​​As another school year begins in Canada, fuzzy-math supporters are back across the country​. While some of them don’t hesitate to call it ​the “new way” of teaching math​, the concept of “fuzzy math,” as well as ​the so-called​ “discovery learning,” dates back 100 years to the early progressive …
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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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