Category: Preschool & Kindergarten

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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Too Many Children Are Unprepared to Excel in Kindergarten Due to Lack of Early Literacy Development at Home

- While reading at home with children is key to their kindergarten preparation, about 50 percent of them start school with insufficient reading skills, due to a lack in early literacy development at home. – When entering kindergarten, many children still don’t understand that any printed word has a meaning, …
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The Effects of Parenting on Children’s Academic Success

- According to a new study by researchers from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, the style of parenting has an influence on the academic achievement of African American boys as they transition from preschool to kindergarten. – The mothers of the kids …
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Half of Children Already Struggling in Math as Early as the First Weeks of Kindergarten

 - According to new data from the Office of Public Instruction (OSPI), based on observations from the WaKIDS program (Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills), math struggles start even before kids enter kindergarten. In this matter, only a little over half of the students rated for their school-readiness had the desired …
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Kindergartners Benefit from More Advanced Math and Reading Content

- According to a study by researchers from the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University, kindergarten classes should focus less on the basics – the famous 123s and ABCs – and more on how to use them. The study showed that kindergartners’ performance improves from learning more advanced content in …
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Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds Need a Very Early Intervention to Not Fall Behind their Peers

- Vulnerable children need help before the age of three or four to not fall behind their peers. Early intervention, focused on language development through learning games and play-based teaching can dramatically improve children’s abilities and thereby radically change their schooling, career and lives. – In a partnership that began …
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CHILDUP BESTOF: Children Begin to Understand Number Value by Age 3

- According to a new study published in “Child Development”, children’s understanding of number value begins by age 3, much earlier than previously assumed. The discovery at home and in preschool of such basic math concepts may help children to be better prepared for kindergarten, a decisive advantage for their …
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