Category: Preschool & Kindergarten

Parents Are their Preschoolers Most Important Teachers

– Preschoolers do not need magical toys, games or videos to help with their brain development. What young children need above everything else – and every day – is a warm, close and strong relationship with their parents. Mothers and fathers who, as loving and caring role models, are constantly finding new opportunities for their children in the …
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Why Parents Should Protect Children from Summer Learning Loss

– Children are in real danger of learning loss over the summer holidays. Research has shown that students who “veg out” during this period benefit from little or no learning development, even being at risk of losing between one to three months of academic knowledge. According to Duke University education …
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Children Who Are Behind in Preschool Math Will Also Lag in Reading

– Due to their dislike of math, many preschool teachers think they are unable to teach math to kids. In order to heal this widespread math phobia, in Decatur (Georgia, USA), instructional coaches are visiting preschools to show how mathematics can be used daily and in funny ways with very …
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Thinking about Patterns Helps Kids to Do Math

– Most of today’s parents and teachers know that reading to preschoolers is of prime importance for their literacy development. On the other hand – while just as important – numeracy development remains largely neglected. An efficient but often overlooked way to improve the math learning and skills of young …
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Do You “Meritocratic Love” your Kids?

– There are two rising trends in child-rearing: some kids are lavishly praised in any situation and for any little feat, while they can be honed like never before. Parents’ desire to help their offspring access good schools and start good careers is understandable and welcome; this is indeed good …
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Early Childhood Education Begins Years Before Pre-Kindergarten

– The first three years of life – long before pre-K – are the most important for brain development. During this crucial time, children can learn through consistent experiences how to build effective relationships, solve problems and adapt to their environment. The economic advantages of a focus on this determining …
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The “30-Million-Word Gap” That Makes All the Difference for Children’s Success in School

– According to a 1995 study, children from low-income environments will have heard thirty million words less than their better-off peers by age 4, a number that makes a determining difference when school begins. Pupils with a limited vocabulary have weaker reading skills and thereby higher probabilities of lagging academically …
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Early Math Education Is a Critical Piece of a Child’s Development

– The promotion of prekindergarten education was the main subject of discussion for more than 500 educators, scientists and business leaders who gathered for the Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference in Costa Mesa at the beginning of February. It was discussed that children who start learning …
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For Children, Bedtime Math Is As Important As Bedtime Stories

– American students are regularly bested by other countries on international math tests. The way parents present math vs. reading to their kids is one of the main culprits. From the early years society already nourishes math anxiety, and many children meet math for the first time in kindergarten. Many …
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Why Math Is So Crucial for Preschoolers?

– Since last year, more than 30 American states have expanded access to preschool, but many questions remain unclear concerning what children need to learn during the early years. On the other hand, there is a lot of evidence that what is taught to preschoolers is of capital importance – math before …
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