Category: Early Learning

The “Mozart Effect” Is One of the Most Persistent Parenting Myths

– Parents who believe that classical music makes babies smarter are wrong. So far, there is no evidence that listening to Mozart or any other kind of music has any effect on skills that are not, well… musical. Listening to music does very little for developing overall intelligence over the …
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The Hechinger Report: What Parents and Teachers Should Know About Preschool Math

– Based on her research of how preschoolers learn numbers throughout first grade, Bethany Rittle-Johnson, a professor of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University (Tennessee), explained the most important elements of early math – some information that any parent and preschool teacher must know. According to Rittle-Johnson, learning about …
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Kids’ Education Must Begin at Home

– West Australian State Government has urged parents to get more involved in their children’s early education. Peter Collier, WA Education Minister, said that parents should stop blaming schools for their kids’ deficiencies and begin teaching the basics themselves, at home. This issue is illustrated by the rising number of …
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Even in Silicon Valley, Disadvantaged Children Are Missing Out on Early Education

– In Silicon Valley, where public schools get some of the best scores in California, many low-income children – whose parents are generally immigrants – do not benefit of the early education level needed to keep up with their more advantaged peers. The area is a good example of how …
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One in Five Australian Children Are Not “School Ready”

– According to a new study, one in five Australian Children are “developmentally vulnerable” in matters of cognitive, language or communication skills when they start school. “There’s a group of kids at the top end coming very well prepared, and a group at the bottom coming less well prepared,” said …
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Why It’s Important to Pay Attention to What Happens in Nurseries

– UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, rightly said in a recent speech that children’s learning starts long before they enter school. The big problem is that, on average, the poorest children begin school 15 months behind their more advantaged peers, a situation that tends to have a long term implication. …
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ChildUp Preschool Math Lessons: Teach your Child to Count to 10!

  All 48 ChildUp Preschool Math Lessons are available in their dedicated Google+ Collection:     Preschool Math Lessons     Image: Lear’s Macaw – Indigo Macaw, by Edward Lear (Wikimedia)  

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Are Female Teachers Responsible for the Lack of Interest of Girls in STEM?

– Is the shortage of women in STEM jobs due to the anxiety and unconscious bias of female teachers about those disciplines? Although research has shown that girls can perform as well as boys in science, math, technology and engineering, the widespread and tenacious bias against female students persists, even starting as early …
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The Crucial Importance of your Toddler’s Oral Vocabulary

– What can parents do to help their children succeed in preschool, kindergarten, and far beyond? According to a new study by Penn State Associate Professor Paul L. Morgan and colleagues, oral vocabulary is a factor uniquely predictive of both the academic and behavioral achievement of a child. 90 percent …
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How to Close the Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Children

– Many parents, especially in disadvantaged areas, are unaware of the vital importance of play and verbal interaction with young children. 90 percent of brain growth occurs before the age of five and a child’s chances of success are generally set before school begins. At this time, in matter of …
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