Category: Preschool & Kindergarten

Phonics – Sounding Out Words – Is the Most Effective Method to Learn Reading

– How children should learn to read is an old and intense controversy. Researchers from Royal Holloway University of London and the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit wanted to know which is more efficient in learning to read, is it by sounding out words or by guessing whole-word meaning. …
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Preschool and Kindergarten Are the New First Grade

– A large new study has found that basic academic skills are learned earlier and earlier. In 2013, for example, children starting first grade had significantly better reading abilities than the pupils of the same age had at the beginning of the century. Another good news, even disadvantaged students improved …
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Early Learning Is Key for Children’s Success

– Neuroscience has found that a vast majority of the human brain is developed during the early years. On the other hand, two out of five American children are not enrolled in any preschool program. According to numbers provided by the National Center for Children in Poverty, in the United …
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One-Third of Speech Disorders Are Overlooked by Preschool Teachers

– A good number of parents face a disturbing prospect, the risk of their child having a speech disorder which was not detected during preschool or early years of primary school. Speech disorders typically happen during the early years and consist of difficulties in hearing, understanding and producing sounds in speech. They are …
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Why Children Must Start Learning Math Before Kindergarten

– According to the National Research Council, the earlier children – as young as preschoolers – are exposed to math learning, the better they will eventually succeed academically. During the previous decades, a strong focus has been placed on early literacy development, and this was a great move. However, research …
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Why the Gains of Preschool Can Fade So Fast?

​- Drew Bailey, an assistant professor, and Greg Duncan, a professor in the School of Education at the University of California, and Candice Odgers, a professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, reviewed data from 67 high-quality interventions about literacy and math skills development. The researchers found …
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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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Basic Math Skills Are a Must to Thrive

– ​​As another school year begins in Canada, fuzzy-math supporters are back across the country​. While some of them don’t hesitate to call it ​the “new way” of teaching math​, the concept of “fuzzy math,” as well as ​the so-called​ “discovery learning,” dates back 100 years to the early progressive …
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Why Preschool Math Skills Are So Important

– A good level of math skills in preschool helps children succeed later on. According to a recent study, preschoolers are more likely to be good at math at kindergarten entry if they understand early the two following basic concepts: word association with numbers and the quantities numbers represent. Young …
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Why Public Schools Must Focus on Early Learning

– Leaning begins much earlier than age 5, a good reason why public school must focus on the very first years. Science has shown that the optimal period of human brain development is between zero to five. A better coordination is needed between preschool and elementary school programs in order …
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