It might seem like preschool is all about naps and playtime, but the latest research shows that early classroom experiences can have a major impact on later learning and academic performance, especially when it comes to language.
If you want to become a genius, you are well-advised to start practicing early while your brain is still developing. Does this mean that parents should enroll their children in music lessons to make them a genius? Hardly. Doing that would guide development of their child’s brain in ways that will make them very good musicians, but the important message here is that whatever one does with their brain while it is developing (up to about the age of 20 years or so), will result in a mature brain that is very good at doing whatever it was that one did with it during those formative years.
Do you ever...let your kid ride a bike to the library? Walk to school? Make dinner? Or are you thinking about it? If so, you are raising a Free-Range Kid! Free-Rangers believe in helmets, car seats, seat belts — safety! We just do NOT believe that every time school age kids go outside, they need a security detail.
"...children should first be taught the art of drawing before learning how to write. ...and let him learn handwriting only after he has learnt to draw objects. He will then write a beautifully formed hand." M. K. Gandhi."
Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor in Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University, adjunct professor of neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine, and chairman of the steering committee of the graduate school's Project Zero.
Kids play-whether it's outside, in the car, pool, classroom or bathtub-it's just what they do. So even if your students or children are “overactive,” perhaps it's not because they don't care, rather that they're not engaged properly.
This story from the Panchatantra deals with classic themes like betrayal of trust and friendship, disdainful conduct of a spouse, etc.
But the story has a more powerful moral. When faced with adversity, do not react in a knee-jerk fashion out of desperation. Instead, keep your cool and use your wit to deal with the situation. You will sail to safety just like Red Face, the ape in this story.
"Imagine that you're driving down the highway and you see thunderclouds rolling in. Some folks will see those clouds and name them. They'll use big words like cumulonimbus and talk about condensation and weather fronts."
Although interest in preschool science is not new (see Riechard, 1973, for a review of programs to that date), this area of learning is enjoying renewed attention in the United States among those concerned with prekindergarten education and with improving scientific literacy and achievement among the nation's citizens. In the early education field, makers of widely used and respected comprehensive preschool curricula...
There's more to picking up math concepts than paying attention in class, according to recent research. It turns out kids' math performance may be better for those with a natural knack for sensing number quantities.
Previous studies looked at how sensing numbers affected performance, but researchers didn't know whether the natural ability to sense numbers or proficiency seeing numbers as symbols limited math skills. Pinpointing which factor affects learning in children will help teachers and researchers develop better programs for kids who may enter formal education at a disadvantage.