Category: Parenting & Education

Why Math Is So Important for All Children

– In recent years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has become a key focus in education. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, more than 9 million STEM jobs will be created between 2012 and 2022, a compelling reason to prepare our students for careers in those …
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The Determining Importance of Early Life Experiences

– According to scientists from Duke University in North Carolina, brain tests performed on three-year-old children can predict their future chance of success at school and in life. Poor test scores in some abilities, like language skills, is correlated to less developed brains, what seem to be the consequence of …
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How Parents Can Improve their Children’s Math Skills

– In families with young children, mathematics is much more often considered a subject of stress and anxiety than a source of pleasure and interest. A hundred people gathered at a recent conference on early math fluency to discuss this issue, with the goal to find ways to help parents …
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Study: Early Math Skills Are Even More Important Than Early Reading Skills

– According to a recent study conducted by scientists at Boston College, early “math” skills predicts subsequent school results (and even income in adulthood) better than early “reading” skills. Children who were trained to label quantities and small sets of items got better resultsĀ on preschool math tests and achieved better …
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How Babies’ and Mothers’ Brains Interactions Affect the Learning Process

– According to a research by the Baby Lab at Cambridge University, infants’ brains are attuned to baby talk and nursery rhymes. Scientists have sought to understand how this happen by scanning the brains of both babies and their mothers. The first results showed that infants learn less when their …
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A Single Year of Preschool Improve Children’s Alphabet Recognition Skills by 85%!

– According to a new study from the University of Missouri College of Education, children who attend preschool become much better at alphabet letter recognition. For many years, education experts have been telling us that preschool years are important to a child’s development and school preparation. After only a year …
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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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