Category: Preschool & Kindergarten

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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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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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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Investing in Nurseries Is Key to Improve Children’s Literacy and Numeracy Skills

– According to a recent study, 80 percent of teachers surveyed said that investing in nurseries is key to improve early speech and language skills, while one in seven of them believe that poor language abilities during the early years has a lifelong impact. On the other hand, 78 percent …
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Mixed-Age Head Start Classes Hurt Academic Progress of Older Students

– Head Start is a US preschool program aiming to promote the school readiness of 3 to 5 year old children from low-income families. According to a recent national study, the fact that most Head Start classrooms include pupils of mixed ages impairs the good academic development of older children. …
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