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Your Preschooler Is Much More Math-Ready Than You Think

– Typically, most of preschool teachers leave math teaching for grade school. They are under the assumption that 4 to 5 year olds cannot understand what numbers from 1 to 10 stand for, as declared by Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget in the last century. However, decades of intensive brain research …
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Are You Sure your Child Is Bad at Math? Like You?

– Inability in math is the result – most of the time – of a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you think that you’re bad at math, you should consider the next two questions: Is it because you didn’t study hard and long enough the subject? Or because you really lack the …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Genius Is Made, Not Born

The late Dr. Michael J.A. Howe, professor of cognitive psychology, wrote an enlightening book, Genius Explained (published in 1999), in which he addresses the commonly held belief that genius is born, not made. Through interesting, little known facts, Dr. Howe shows that nearly all of the people who developed into …
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Reading to your Children Boosts their Brain Development

– According to a new study, reading to young children modifies their brain activity and will enhance their behavior and academic performance. Brain scans showed that, when kids are being told a story, some areas of the left hemisphere of their brain – the regions linked to the understanding of words, …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Listening To Your Children

When you ask your children a question, make sure you give them enough time to think about it at their own rhythm and pace (it may take them 5, 10 seconds, or even more, to come up with the correct response). If they give a wrong answer, don’t give them …
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Gaze Shifting: One of the Earliest Social Skills of a Baby

– According to a study by the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington (UW), during the early years, social interaction is more efficient than watching television for the good development of a baby’s social and language skills. In particular, UW research has shown for …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Models Of Patience

Effective early learning should not be a race, but instead a long, pleasant walk. Pushing children too hard or too fast is not the appropriate method to stimulate their curiosity. Attention and concentration skills have to be trained patiently, with a lot of encouragements, cheerfulness, smiles, laughs, digressions, anecdotes, and …
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Why So Many Students Who Are Good at Math Don’t End Up in Math-Related Careers?

– Why so many children doing well at math are finally drifting away from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers? According to a new study by Zahra Hazari, professor at Florida International University (FIU) College of Education and STEM Transformation Institute, there are solutions to keep bright students on the STEM track. – Before …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: When To Learn To Count

Babies and toddlers can start to be shown and told numbers and letters a lot earlier than generally practiced, even before they can walk or talk. With enough patience and repetition they will become progressively able to recognize different numbers and their order. Children can also learn to categorize objects and …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Early Math

Until the last century, many parents, educators and even scientists believed that children were unable to learn any math before the age of five. Recent research has shown that this assumption was wrong and that, in fact, children are ready to understand the basics of math much earlier. Both boys …
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