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Assessment for Preschool Science Learning and Learning Environments

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...

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Ten skills every student should learn

Ten skills every student should learn | Preschool | Scoop.it
We recently asked our readers: “If you could choose only one, what's the skill you'd like every student to learn?” Here are the top responses.
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Baby's first 1,000 days 'determine their health prospects for life'

Baby's first 1,000 days 'determine their health prospects for life' | Preschool | Scoop.it
The first two years of a child’s life - plus the nine months spent in the womb - can decide their future health, claim scientists at the University of Southampton.
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Are Math Smarts Innate? : Discovery News

Are Math Smarts Innate? : Discovery News | Preschool | Scoop.it

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.

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Mathematics Education: A Way Forward | Edutopia

Mathematics Education: A Way Forward | Edutopia | Preschool | Scoop.it

The objective of good math teaching should not be to "cover the curriculum" but to show students how to explore our fascinating and beautiful world through the lens of mathematics. We must change our focus in math education from a focus on a largely irrelevant and uninteresting set of learning objectives to a focus on making math relevant and engaging for students.

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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Preschool Education?

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Preschool Education? | Preschool | Scoop.it
The advantages and disadvantages of preschool education can be many and varied according to each parent’s personal expectations and situation.

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Walton's Educational Newsletter: The Benefits and Disadvantages of Homeschooling

Walton's Educational Newsletter: The Benefits and Disadvantages of Homeschooling | Preschool | Scoop.it

"Some parents are taking charge of their kids’ education. Many families are choosing to homeschool their children. If you are considering homeschooling and trying to figure out if it is right for you, there are many benefits and disadvantages to homeschooling. In this article I will briefly discuss the benefits and disadvantages of homeschooling, take the time to read them and discover how to apply it to your own personal situation. To begin, let’s look at some benefits that make homeschooling a great choice for many families around the world."

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What Makes a Good Story? (Tips for Young Authors)

Basic elements of story writing for young authors, from a popular children's author.
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Why Mobile is the Future of Playful Learning

Why Mobile is the Future of Playful Learning | Preschool | Scoop.it

Today, mobile devices like the iPad enable kids to play and learn anytime, anywhere. Immediately, our minds leap to interactive museums and nature trails, but the journey from the upstairs office to the kitchen island may be equally if not more impactful. By situating learning in family spaces, we enable kids to play alongside mom and dad while they cook dinner or clean up the house and, in turn, enable parents, siblings, grandparents, and cousins to step in as mentors, tutors, collaborators, and playmates.

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Full Day Kindergarten: What is Play-Based Learning?

In September 2011 all schools in BC will offer full-day kindergarten programs that will include a play-based learning curriculum.

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Out of the Brains of Babes

Out of the Brains of Babes | Preschool | Scoop.it

I was reminded of preposterously precocious utterances by tiny tykes during a brief talk that string theorist Brian Greene gave at the opening of the 2011 World Science Festival in New York City on June 1. Greene said he sometimes wondered about how much information small children pick up from standard dinner-table conversation in a given home.

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Screen time linked to psychological problems in children

Screen time linked to psychological problems in children | Preschool | Scoop.it
Children who spend longer than two hours in front of a computer or television screen are more likely to suffer psychological difficulties, regardless of how physically active they are.

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Reading instruction: Getting it right the first time | Best Practices News | eSchoolNews.com

Reading instruction: Getting it right the first time | Best Practices News | eSchoolNews.com | Preschool | Scoop.it

The reading skills students students acquire in their earliest elementary years are critical predictors of their academic success throughout elementary, middle, and high school. It’s during those early formative years...that we need to closely monitor growth and provide the appropriate interventions for struggling students.

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Charting Brain Growth in Humans and Chimps

Charting Brain Growth in Humans and Chimps | Preschool | Scoop.it
Although human babies and baby chimpanzees both start out with undeveloped forebrains, a new study reports that the human brain increases in volume much more rapidly early on.
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Gandhiji on Handwriting Mind Map

Gandhiji on Handwriting Mind Map | Preschool | Scoop.it

"...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."

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The Myth of Joyful Parenthood: Scientific American

The more kids cost, the more we idealize raising them...
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Big Thinkers: Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences | Edutopia

Big Thinkers: Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences | Edutopia | Preschool | Scoop.it

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.

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These Orangutans Play with iPads

These Orangutans Play with iPads | Preschool | Scoop.it
Orangutans, it turns out, love the iPad and its games just as much as some humans do.
A budding program at the Milwaukee County Zoo is working to place iPads into the giant, gentle palms of their orangutans.

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:: e-Learning for Kids ::

:: e-Learning for Kids :: | Preschool | Scoop.it
e-Learning for Kids is a global nonprofit foundation dedicated to free and fun online learning for kids of all ages.
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Getting a jump start on school - Martinsville Bulletin

Getting a jump start on school - Martinsville Bulletin | Preschool | Scoop.it
Can a child fall behind in school before he has even begun?
Research says the answer is yes, and local officials are working to make sure parents are aware of the kinds of skills their children need before they begin kindergarten.

 

It is important to build a child’s cognitive, social and vocabulary skills before he or she starts school..."

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Playful Learning Spaces E-Course

Playful Learning Spaces E-Course | Preschool | Scoop.it

Playful Learning Spaces is a six-week online course that is designed to guide parents and teachers through the process of designing thoughtful spaces for children.

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Why attend preschool?

Why attend preschool? | Preschool | Scoop.it

Many parents wonder, at some point: What is preschool all about?

 

Preschool can help foster a positive attitude between child and teacher
Preschool can help foster friendships between like peers
Preschool can help foster friendships between peers of different backgrounds, cultures
Preschool focuses on hands-on activities - arts, crafts, pencil holding, cutting, coloring, manipulating playdough and so on...

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Math research reveals early-learning needs | Boosting Math Skills Through Personalized Instruction | eSchoolNews.com

Math research reveals early-learning needs | Boosting Math Skills Through Personalized Instruction | eSchoolNews.com | Preschool | Scoop.it

Numbers, counting, and low-level arithmetic are three basic competencies that are vital to later success in math, and students should have these key math skills in first grade in order to be successful in math in fifth grade, according to a...

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Math in the primary grades build the foundation for their future... think about it!

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Free Technology for Teachers: 11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year

Free Technology for Teachers: 11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year | Preschool | Scoop.it

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Intelligence: which is more important — nature or nurture, genetics or environment?

Intelligence: which is more important — nature or nurture, genetics or environment? | Preschool | Scoop.it

"New findings now suggest that half of all differences in intelligence between people appear rooted in the collective influence of many tiny genetic variations. That leaves plenty of influence open to other factors, however..."

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