– 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.

– An earlier study by Dr. Claessens noted that many children in kindergarten are being taught information they already know, as most of kindergartners have already mastered counting numbers and recognizing shapes prior to entering formal school. Young students don’t gain anything from repeating familiar information – all the kindergartners in the study, despite of economic background or initial skill levels, benefited from introduction to more complex material.


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