Category: Preschool & Kindergarten

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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In Math, Your Preschooler Can Do Much More Than You Think

– Most preschools tend to postpone math to grade school, in the belief that toddlers are not able to grasp numbers. Yet, several decades of brain science have shown that young children are much more ready for math fundamentals than generally assumed, and that waiting to teach this subject is …
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California Head Start Association Focuses on Early Math

– The “Early Math Family Engagement Project” – an initiative of the California Head Start Association – is one of the first programs to emphasize the crucial role parents can play in teaching early math to their young children. Research has shown that math fundamentals acquired by preschoolers are “the …
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Why Math and Science Are So Important in Early Childhood Education

– While, fortunately, math and science instruction gains ground in elementary and secondary grades, this alas is not yet the case in a vast majority of preschools and early childhood settings. According to a study that observed preschool classrooms during a six-hour day, only 58 seconds were devoted to mathematics. …
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Executive Function: Is your Preschooler Kindergarten Ready?

– Is your preschooler ready for the transition into a formal school setting? Many factors can help determine a child’s success in this decisive step, but the most important of all is called “executive function.” Executive function encompasses the self-regulatory brain abilities that children need to manage attention, thought, emotion, …
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Toddlers with Richer Vocabulary Will Achieve and Behave Better in Kindergarten

– According to a new study lead by Paul L. Morgan of Pennsylvania State University, toddlers with better language skills tend to have better math and literacy skillsĀ andĀ also less behavioral issues (like being disruptive, having temper tantrums or being physically aggressive) in kindergarten. Overall, it also shows that children from …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Home Is The New First Grade

When children start school, their mastery of numeracy and literacy fundamentals is the most important factor in predicting subsequent academic achievement. By then, their academic destiny is largely set. Kindergarten recently became the new first grade, but some parents (and some preschools) are already taking on this role. The best …
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