Category: Preschool & Kindergarten

Do Preschoolers Need to Learn Math?

- Two decades ago, a very small percentage of four-year-old children were taught math at home or in preschool. In 1998, as few as 4% of kids entering kindergarten in the US had some knowledge about addition and subtraction. This situation has radically changed: Nowadays, math is part of practically any pre-K …
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Maryland’s New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Was Aligned with Common Core Standards

- A new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment has been implemented in Maryland. This comprehensive test, based on one-on-one interaction, has been established to gauge the soon-to-be kindergartners’ abilities in language and literacy, math and science, as well as social studies and physical well-being. – All across the United States, educators are …
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The Huge Long-Term Payoffs of Early Childhood Education

- According to a research by Katherine Magnuson of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and Greg Duncan, a professor at the University of California (Irvine), an intensive educational experience during the early years can generate huge returns. Investments in early childhood education are productive expenses that will be paid back later. The children …
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Why Kids Should Learn Foreign Languages as Young as Three

- According to an outdated assumption, teaching foreign languages to toddlers was a waste of time. On the contrary, recent research by Harvard University found that learning additional languages at a very young age brings amazing intellectual benefits in strengthening fundamental skills like critical thinking, creativity and mental agility. – The Harvard research demonstrates …
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Fun Ways to Boost your Child’s Brain Development – from Michigan State University

- In the earliest years, the human brain grows at an explosive rate. Young children are continuously interacting with their environment and the people around them. Pushed by their indefatigable curiosity, preschoolers are ready to try everything, always testing limits and asking a lot of questions. This period is key for the proper development of social …
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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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