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Learning Language: New Insights on Basic Sounds

Learning Language: New Insights on Basic Sounds

Surprising results from a study focusing on the roles of the brain’s left and right hemispheres in language acquisition.

Physical Activity in Lessons Improves Students' Attainment

Physical Activity in Lessons Improves Students' Attainment

Students who take part in physical exercises like star jumps or running on the spot during school lessons do better in tests than peers who stick to sedentary learning.

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.

A lack of background knowledge can hinder reading comprehension

A lack of background knowledge can hinder reading comprehension

Researchers found that a knowledge threshold may be an essential component of reading comprehension.

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.

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.

A Map Of The Brain Can Tell What You’re Reading

A Map Of The Brain Can Tell What You’re Reading

Color-coded maps of the brain show the semantic similarities during listening and reading and have practical implications for learning and for speech disorders, from dyslexia to aphasia.

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.

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.

A “million word gap” for children who aren’t read to at home

A “million word gap” for children who aren’t read to at home

Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found.