Category: Parenting & Education

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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The Urgent Need to Protect Children from Math Phobia

– It’s a common stance to take pride on not being good at mathematics. Around the world, a lot of people are unable to tell whether 1/3 is larger or smaller than 2/5, for example. This is a really big issue, especially now when, in order to be successful at …
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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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India Sets the Good Example in Early Childhood Education

– India invests in early education as part of a national strategy, as do Bangladesh, China, Turkey, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malaysia. These are good examples of an important and rather recent trend. The leaders of these countries are fully aware – perhaps more than their counterparts …
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Dads Urged to Spend More Time Reading to their Kids

– According to a recent survey commissioned by the National Literacy Trust and carried out by YouGov, a majority of mothers believe they have more influence than fathers in helping their children learn to read; and fathers agree. While 71 percent of mothers said they have the biggest influence on …
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Forget ADHD, Your Child Is Probably Simply Immature

– ADHD is one of the most over-diagnosed disorders around the world. Many childrenĀ that are diagnosed, especially the youngest in their class, may just actually be too young and not mature enough. The acronym ADHD is generally used to describe a range of behavioral problems like poor attention span, hyperactivity, …
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Parents Have a Determining Influence on their Kids’ Early Development

– In Australia, a rather prosperous country, 20 percent of children are developmentally at risk when they start school. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are twice at risk to have poor health, social, emotional and cognitive difficulties over the long term. Already in 2012, an OECD report revealed that one in …
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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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