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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.

Finding Upends Theory About the Cerebellum's Role in Reading and Dyslexia

Finding Upends Theory About the Cerebellum's Role in Reading and Dyslexia

New research shows that the cerebellum is not engaged during reading in typical readers and does not differ in children who have dyslexia.

Emphasizing social play in kindergarten improves academics, reduces teacher burnout

Emphasizing social play in kindergarten improves academics, reduces teacher burnout

Emphasizing more play, hands-on learning, and students helping one another in kindergarten improves academic outcomes, self-control and attention regulation.

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.

The ‘Blowfish Effect’: Children Learn New Words Like Adults Do

The ‘Blowfish Effect’: Children Learn New Words Like Adults Do

Even young children know what typical dogs and fish look like — and they apply that knowledge when they hear new words.

Preschoolers Who Watch TV Sleep Less

Preschoolers Who Watch TV Sleep Less

Preschoolers who watch TV sleep significantly less than those who don’t, according to new research by University of Massachusetts Amherst neuroscientists.

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.

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.

How much does culture influence young children's math abilities?

How much does culture influence young children's math abilities?

Researchers from Japan's Hokkaido University compare 6 year old children’s ease with oral and written math problems to see if children's accuracy and comfort with math would be determined by their culture.

Difficulties with audiovisual processing contribute to dyslexia in children

Difficulties with audiovisual processing contribute to dyslexia in children

A University at Buffalo psychologist has published a neuroimaging study that could help develop tests for early identification of dyslexia, a disorder that affects 80 percent of those diagnosed with difficulties reading, writing and spelling.

Intellectual Curiosity and Confidence Help Children Take on Math and Reading

Intellectual Curiosity and Confidence Help Children Take on Math and Reading

Characteristics related to openness, such as intellectual curiosity and confidence, made children more adept to take on math and reading than characteristics describing conscientiousness, such as diligence and perseverance.

Kindergarten difficulties may predict academic achievement across primary grades

Kindergarten difficulties may predict academic achievement across primary grades

New research suggests deficits in executive functions in kindergarten increase the risk for experiencing repeated academic difficulties in mathematics, reading and science from first to third grade.