Category: Preschool & Kindergarten

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- According to an outdated assumption, teaching foreign languages to toddlers was a waste of time.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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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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