Category: Preschool & Kindergarten

Confusing English Number Words Impair Math Learning

- In their efforts to increase numeracy (the mathematical equivalent of literacy) among young children, some psychologists and educators are focusing their attention on the “language” gap. Recent research has found a connection between the use of unclear English words and weaker arithmetic skills in English-speaking children. – The problem begins with number “eleven.” …
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Early Education Has More Importance Than Was Assumed in the Last Century

- There is a growing consensus among scientists and educators that early childhood education is much more important than people used to believe not too long ago. Until the later half of the last century, the best day care centers still used to be essentially about keeping young children clean, fed, and well-behaved. Today, even …
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ChildUp Early Learning Quote #221: In the End, the Benefits of Redshirting Are Washed Out…

       

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The Need to Close the Vocabulary Gap Before Kindergarten

- Many children are already behind before they even enter kindergarten. A recent Stanford University research confirmed that children who are lagging in language development at 18 months will know about half as many words as their peers when they reach the age of 4. -A child’s vocabulary by age 4 is a good gauge …
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CHILDUP BESTOF: Kindergarten Students Are Underestimated and Unchallenged in Math

- We may be misjudging our students, especially the youngest ones, in terms of their numerical aptitude. A recent study, headed by Dr. Amy Claessens of the University of Chicago, found that kindergarten students learn more when they are given tricky material such as advanced number concepts and even addition and subtraction. …
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Nursery Children Should Be Structured for Basic Numeracy and Literacy

- Ofsted’s first annual report for early years education criticises nurseries and childminders for failing to prepare children for school, stating that they should routinely measure the children’s grasp of the basics. Too many young children are entering school not ready for the load of full-time education. Ofsted recommends that children as early …
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Preschoolers Are Able to Do Elementary Algebra

- According to Melissa Kibbe, a psychologist from Johns Hopkins University, our approximate number system makes it possible for us to learn early how to count and then do math, including algebra and trigonometry. Humans, like the majority of animals, have the innate capacity to estimate the number of objects in their …
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Very Few Men Work in the Early Education Sector in New Zealand

- New Zealands’s early childhood education system is one of the most sexist in the world – with male teachers comprising just 2% – and the government is in no rush to fix this disparity. – According to Dr. Farquhar, head of the nationwide network for early childhood education Childforum, …
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Early Proficiency in Math and Language Arts Is Crucial

- Canada is no longer in the global top 10 of math scores. Anne Hopkinson, a former elementary school teacher, says that the Canadian approach to math education makes no sense – the primary curriculum being too extensive and not focusing enough on the fundamental skills. Do really young children need …
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STEM Early Education: How to Prepare the Scientists and Engineers of Tomorrow

- In February, around 500 educators participated at the Early Childhood STEM Conference in Costa Mesa to discuss about the best ways to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics to preschoolers. Learning through play was of course at the center of the discussion, but this was not the only topic. – “We …
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