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Screening Kindergarten Readiness

Screening Kindergarten Readiness

Researchers at the University of Missouri College of Education have found that a readiness screener can predict kindergarteners’ success in school after 18 months.

Kids wore video cameras in their preschool class, for science

Kids wore video cameras in their preschool class, for science

They may all be in the same classroom together, but each child in preschool may have a very different experience, a new study suggests.

Family-school engagement has specific perks for young students

Family-school engagement has specific perks for young students

Students whose families are more engaged early in the school year are less likely to have concentration and behavioral problems.

Wiggling It Beats A Path For A Better Performance At School

Wiggling It Beats A Path For A Better Performance At School

Marching, wiggling and tapping a beat aids young children to develop their self-regulation skills and improve school readiness.

Preschool Teachers Aren't Asking Challenging Questions

Preschool Teachers Aren't Asking Challenging Questions

UTHealth study reveals that preschool and kindergarten teachers ask too many simple questions and offer ideas on how to enhance student learning.

Reading With Toddlers Reduces Harsh Parenting, Enhances Child Behavior

Reading With Toddlers Reduces Harsh Parenting, Enhances Child Behavior

People who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting and the children are less likely to be hyperactive or disruptive.

Arts and Crafts Activities Contribute to Future Scientists and Entrepreneurs

Arts and Crafts Activities Contribute to Future Scientists and Entrepreneurs

Arts and crafts activities help children develop creative ways of thinking and significantly correlate with later success in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

Fifteen minutes of exercise creates optimal brain state for mastering new motor skills

When asked to repeat the same task 24-hours later, participants those who had exercised for 15 minutes used far fewer brain resources than those who rested.

Separate brain systems cooperate during learning, study finds

Separate brain systems cooperate during learning, study finds

Reinforcement learning and working memory, previously interpreted as working independently or as competing with each other in the learning process, may actually work together as people learn new tasks.

Elementary school student support leads to lower high school dropout

Elementary school student support leads to lower high school dropout

Elementary-school students who participated in a comprehensive support intervention in the Boston public school district had about half the odds of dropping out of high school as students not in the intervention.

Simple Directions From Parents Can Guide Children’s Discovery

Simple Directions From Parents Can Guide Children’s Discovery

Simple cues from parents for their children to either “explain” or “explore” influences learning behavior and abilities, particularly as it relates to scientific reasoning.

Report examines origins and nature of 'math anxiety'

Report examines origins and nature of 'math anxiety'

Research reveals that teachers and parents may inadvertently play a role in a child's development of 'math anxiety' and that girls tend to be more affected than boys.