Category: Preschool & Kindergarten

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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Why Boys Lag Behind Girls in Literacy from the Start

– Based on research by experts from the University of Bristol, the charity Save the Children reports that boys are almost twice as likely as girls to fall behind in basic language skills by the time they start school. Preschool boys and girls do the same amount of literacy based activities, such …
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Math Skills Improve by Doing Math Every Day

– Math skills improve by doing math every day – just like reading skills improve by reading every day. According to Michael Priyev, founder of New York City’s Eureka Math Tutors, “Math has the power to strike fear into the hearts of children and adults alike.” On her part, Mallory …
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How to Boost Preschoolers’ Vocabulary and Science Knowledge

– According to a study led by New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, teaching preschoolers about insects and plants by reading them informational science books helps the development of both their vocabulary and science knowledge. This research showed that the kind of text children read …
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One in Three Children Is Not “School-Ready”

– According to the “The State of Education Survey” carried out by schools support service “The Key” (England and Wales), about a third of children are not “school-ready” in the early days of reception class. Worrying numbers of 4 and 5-year-old children are behind in various ways, including language and …
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Brain Development During Preschool Years Is More Important Than Later On

– During the first years of life, a child’s brain creates between 700 to 1,000 new neural connections per second. To better understand what happens at this turbulent time, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine studied the influence of parents at each stage of a child’s growth. To …
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Counting on your Fingers Is a Critical Help in Understanding Math

– According to a paper recently published by Stanford University’s mathematics education research initiative “youcubed,” the common notion – even among teachers – that finger-counting isn’t for smart children is misguided. On the contrary, using your fingers to count is a critical help in math learning. Jo Boaler, professor of …
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The Urgent Need to Protect Children from Math Phobia

– It’s a common stance to take pride on not being good at mathematics. Around the world, a lot of people are unable to tell whether 1/3 is larger or smaller than 2/5, for example. This is a really big issue, especially now when, in order to be successful at …
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Failure to Stimulate Preschoolers’ Brains Can Set Them Back for Decades

– According to the charity, Save the Children, every nursery in England needs a qualified teacher to help toddlers develop their literacy skills. The organization warns that preschoolers who are not properly stimulated before starting formal school can be “set back decades.” The report, titled “Lighting Up Young Brains” and …
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