Category: Preschool & Kindergarten

How to Boost Preschoolers’ Vocabulary and Science Knowledge

– According to a study led by New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, teaching preschoolers about insects and plants by reading them informational science books helps the development of both their vocabulary and science knowledge. This research showed that the kind of text children read …
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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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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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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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