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Early math knowledge related to later achievement

Vanderbilt University – Joan Brasher

“A new longitudinal study conducted by Vanderbilt has found that children’s math knowledge in preschool is related to their later achievement—but not all types of math knowledge were related equally. The findings suggest that educators and school administrators should consider which areas of math study they shift attention to as they develop curricula for the early years.”(more)

4 ways to enhance STEM in preK classrooms

E-School News – Dr. Mary Konrad

“Young children are natural scientists eager to discover all they can about the world around them. Technology, too, can expand students’ interest in STEM, as well as their ability to acquire information and solve problems—even in preK classrooms. In Waco Independent School District (ISD), our prekindergarten program provides a learning environment that affords each child opportunities to use their natural curiosity to make sense of their world. Over the last two years, we’ve dramatically increased students’ time on task in STEM, while helping them get a jump-start on learning key concepts and skills.”(more)

Early arts education all about fun, exploration

USA Today – Karen Bruno

“Every child is an artist, a musician, a dancer. When parents enroll their child in early childhood arts instruction, they should have a clear understanding of the way in which that program will honor their child’s innate interest and expression. The goal of early childhood arts education should not be to build a prodigy. Rather, it should support the exploration and expression of the art form through joyful play.”(more)

Can a child who starts kindergarten with few reading or math skills catch up?

The Los Angeles Times – Teresa Watanabe

“Giuliana is not atypical of Latino children, who have the lowest rates of preschool attendance among all racial and ethnic groups. A 2015 UC Berkeley study of 4,550 children nationwide found that although Latino children showed roughly the same level of language comprehension as their white peers at 9 months old, four-fifths had fallen up to 5 months behind by the time they were 2. The study found that only 28% of the Mexican American mothers who spoke English at home, as Giuliana’s mother does, read to their children daily, compared with 59% of white mothers. No preschool. No daily stories read out loud. Could Giuliana catch up?.”(more)

Seven ways to boost your child’s literacy without spending a cent

Stuff – Rachel Browne

“Parents wanting to polish their preschooler’s literacy and numeracy skills are better off asking them to try writing out a Christmas wish list rather than buying every item on it. That’s the verdict from new research from Sydney’s Macquarie University, which found an improvement in the skills of young children who used writing and counting in practical ways such as making lists or composing letters. Lead study author and lecturer at Macquarie University’s Institute of Early Childhood Dr Yeshe Colliver said parents often felt pressured to buy pricey apps and educational toys in the belief they would boost brain power.”(more)

Young children’s spatial talk predicts their spatial abilities

Medical X-Press – Chris Barncard

“It’s not how many words a kid knows; it’s how they choose them that tells Hilary Miller the most about their spatial skills. That grasp of the layout of their physical word—understanding where they are relative to a friend, imagining how to rotate puzzle pieces to fit them together, conjuring a mental map of the park—is important.”(more)