Category: Parenting & Education

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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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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