Category: Early Learning

Study: Why Preschoolers Need to Develop Academic Skills

– Until recently, research in early childhood education was mainly centered on disadvantaged kids while gauging the gap (as big as a full school year on average at kindergarten entry) between kids from low-income and higher-income backgrounds. But according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, the …
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Why You Should Read to your 6 Month Old Baby

– According to a New York University study that followed around 250 mother-child pairs for four years, infants who were read to at the age of 6 months had better vocabulary abilities at the age of 4, and toddlers who were read to at the age of 24 months showed …
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Children Need Academic-Oriented Preschool to Be Kindergarten-Ready

– School reformers are pushing to expand public kindergarten towards more academic standards and an increasing number of children are exposed earlier and earlier to basic math and language. On one hand, this trend is worrying some education experts and parents who think that such young kids should be playing …
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What Is the “Baby-PISA” or “Mini-PISA” Early Learning Assessment Program?

– PISA, the Program for International Student Assessment of 15-year-old students, is followed by a growing number of countries as a benchmark to compare their progress in education. Now, it seems that – finally – the world is beginning to understand all the importance of “early education” as well. The …
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Math Learning Begins at Home, in the Preschool Years

– A new study by researchers from the University of Chicago has shown that math anxiety is a a problem not only in the United States but in many countries in the world. The central question of the research was: does the fact that you are bad at math make …
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Phonics – Sounding Out Words – Is the Most Effective Method to Learn Reading

– How children should learn to read is an old and intense controversy. Researchers from Royal Holloway University of London and the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit wanted to know which is more efficient in learning to read, is it by sounding out words or by guessing whole-word meaning. …
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Preschool and Kindergarten Are the New First Grade

– A large new study has found that basic academic skills are learned earlier and earlier. In 2013, for example, children starting first grade had significantly better reading abilities than the pupils of the same age had at the beginning of the century. Another good news, even disadvantaged students improved …
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Early Learning Is Key for Children’s Success

– Neuroscience has found that a vast majority of the human brain is developed during the early years. On the other hand, two out of five American children are not enrolled in any preschool program. According to numbers provided by the National Center for Children in Poverty, in the United …
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One-Third of Speech Disorders Are Overlooked by Preschool Teachers

– A good number of parents face a disturbing prospect, the risk of their child having a speech disorder which was not detected during preschool or early years of primary school. Speech disorders typically happen during the early years and consist of difficulties in hearing, understanding and producing sounds in speech. They are …
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Why Children Must Start Learning Math Before Kindergarten

– According to the National Research Council, the earlier children – as young as preschoolers – are exposed to math learning, the better they will eventually succeed academically. During the previous decades, a strong focus has been placed on early literacy development, and this was a great move. However, research …
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