Children who decide for themselves how to spend their time have more highly-developed executive function, according to a new study. And those children will go on to be healthier, wealthier, and more socially stable throughout their lives.
"Recent research by Sean F. Reardon of Stanford University shows that average reading and math scores of incoming kindergartners from high-income backgrounds are a full standard deviation higher than those of children from families with low incomes. The size of this gap among 5-year-olds is staggering, and reducing it will require efforts on multiple fronts. Access to instruction that is engaging, challenging, and fosters a love of learning is a key ingredient. To suggest that kindergartners should be deprived of the opportunity to engage deeply in learning literacy and numeracy is to sell them short at a crucial moment in their development.
A growing body of research has taught us about the critical role of early exposure to language and literacy for children's development. We have also documented vast differences in early exposure to language between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. There is strong support for both early-childhood parental interventions and preschool programs as strategies for narrowing these gaps. It seems only logical, then, that a strong emphasis on language, literacy, and reading during kindergarten would be another key component for reducing inequality of opportunity.
Early exposure to mathematics instruction is also important. Recent position statements of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Mathematics Advisory Panel argue that young children are ready to learn varied and challenging math content. Further, they emphasize that children who experience high-quality math instruction in the earliest years of school are at a distinct advantage relative to their peers."
“ Education reformers should acknowledge advice from child development experts and neuroscientists on how and when children learn best, and then tailor material and curriculum to kids' needs and brains!”
"The behavior gap between rich and poor children, starting at very early ages, is now a well-known piece of social science. Entering kindergarten, high-income children not only know more words and can read better than poorer children but they also have longer attention spans, better-controlled tempers and more sensitivity to other children.
"All of which makes the comparisons between boys and girls in the same categories fairly striking: The gap in behavioral skills between young girls and boys is even bigger than the gap between rich and poor.
"By kindergarten, girls are substantially more attentive, better behaved, more sensitive, more persistent, more flexible and more independent than boys, according to a new paper from Third Way, a Washington research group. The gap grows over the course of elementary school and feeds into academic gaps between the sexes. By eighth grade, 48 percent of girls receive a mix of A’s and B’s or better. Only 31 percent of boys do."
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This new video series focuses on early literacy, dual language learners, science and discovery, and social-emotional learning in preschool classrooms. Enjoy!
Janice Comrie's insight:
There are a number of short videos that could be used for Professional Development for teachers and in particular for new teachers, particularly the emotional regulation and classroom management videos.
A controlled study using functional MRI brain imaging reveals a possible biological link between early musical training and improved executive functioning in both children and adults, report researchers.
"Professional development used to mean one thing: inservice days. Oof. We sure have come a long way, haven’t we? Especially in the realm of connecting with other like-minded individuals around the globe. We’re no longer limited by what is offered geographically nearby, so we can get into what really interests us as educators, even if the expert is on the other side of the world, and our collaborators are scattered about and have never met in person. When you have a group of people who are interested in similar things as you and are collaborating, sharing ideas, and offering encouragement, advice, and constructive criticism to the group, some real magic can happen!"
POVERTY: The costs of learning Pittsburg Morning Sun Murnan said recent interest in early childhood development has prompted an intense amount of research into what happens in the developing brain and how it impacts learning and social behavior.
Globalnews.ca Full-day kindergarten children score highest in vocabulary, self-regulation Globalnews.ca Jennifer Barbour, early childhood education professor at Seneca College, sees the benefits of FDK first-hand but says that the program has...
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