Category: Early Learning

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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Better Math Skills Can Make You Wealthier

– According to a new study that tracked 1,000 Dutch adults ​for a period of 5 years and screen​ed​ for differences in education, risk tolerance and financial knowledge, people with ​better​ ​math​ skills​ tend to become wealthier over time. Understanding of financial numbers like discounts, fees and interest rates ​are …
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One in Three Children Is Not “School-Ready”

– According to the “The State of Education Survey” carried out by schools support service “The Key” (England and Wales), about a third of children are not “school-ready” in the early days of reception class. Worrying numbers of 4 and 5-year-old children are behind in various ways, including language and …
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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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Why Children Must Learn to Read Before Age 5

– Learning to read is a staggering achievement. Children are born with practically no language skills but, after only a few years, they are able to speak and read. For most children, this crucial process starts long before kindergarten. Research has shown positive correlations between literacy development during the first …
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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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Failure to Stimulate Preschoolers’ Brains Can Set Them Back for Decades

– According to the charity, Save the Children, every nursery in England needs a qualified teacher to help toddlers develop their literacy skills. The organization warns that preschoolers who are not properly stimulated before starting formal school can be “set back decades.” The report, titled “Lighting Up Young Brains” and …
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Should Parents Read to their Babies?

– Many parents are wondering if and when they should start reading to their clueless babies. The benefits of reading with your young children will benefit them for life. It’s never to early to start reading to your baby and there are even five bad consequences to neglecting such a …
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