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Can Toddlers Understand Complex Grammar?

Posted on January 01, 2012

Children are able to comprehend complex grammar at a younger age than previously believed, more about a new study shows. When learning a language, more about young children must understand the meaning of words as well as how to combine them into a sentence to communicate meaning. Many 2-year-olds rarely combine more than two words together, medicine saying "more juice," for instance, but not yet forming full sentences. However, new research suggests that even before 2-year-olds speak in f

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Managing Early Childhood Transition Time

Posted on December 12, 2011

Pushing in line. Fighting over toys. Running for the playground—and falling. Distracted faces. Tears and frustration. Many early-childhood teachers will witness such drama in the coming weeks—and may even share in the tears and frustration. Not all children are ready to learn when they enter school. And sometimes we don't do enough to help them. Before students even arrive, nurse new teachers should consider how to handle all the "in-between times" during the school day. For instance,

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Study: Bilingual Homes Help Babies Exercise Their Brain

Posted on December 12, 2011

Proven strategies for squeezing peak productivity out of an ordinary 30-minute staff meeting. WHAT are the barriers to raising student achievement? Ask any school leader and you will eventually hear that time and money—or rather the lack of—are among the biggest obstacles. My staff of 30 and I meet for 30 minutes every Wednesday before school. I chose the mornings to avoid conflicts with after-school events, visit this coaching obligations and extra-curricular activities. Thirty minutes

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Neuroscience and how we Learn

Posted on December 12, 2011

High-quality education research Thanks to advancements in sociology, medications psychology, see and neuroscience, our knowledge of how people learn continues to expand. Since the 1990s, with the advent of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), scientists have been looking inside the brain in ways they never have before. New images of the brain coupled with research findings from brain-related research is changing how we think about learning and, therefore, how we think about teachin

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Is SpongeBob SquarePants Bad for Children?

Posted on December 12, 2011

My role in the preschool program in my district is unique. I am a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) by training. However I have much experience in the special needs preschool area, advice having started my education in severe special needs with an early childhood emphasis before I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I am also the mother of four children, malady one with special needs, malady and I truly believe this gives me some insight as well.  I have also taught for the las

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Hispanic Children not Being Served by Preschool Programs

Posted on November 11, 2011

President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have often claimed that the “return on investment, tadalafil ” or ROI, for pre-k is 10-to-1, meaning there is a $10 payoff in the future for every dollar invested today in pre-kindergarten education. Both advocates and opponents of publicly funded pre-k often cite such figures, which can range from lows of about 1.5-to-1 to highs in the upper teens. Returns on investment are calculated by performing cost-benefit analyses. They are t

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What Makes a Quality Preschool?

Posted on November 11, 2011

It might seem like preschool is all about naps and playtime, web but the latest research shows that early classroom experiences can have a major impact on later learning and academic performance, approved especially when it comes to language. David Dickinson, sick a professor of teaching and learning at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, reported in the journal Science that the quality and type of experiences in preschool can make a difference in how a child's linguistic skills devel

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Preschool Participation: Lowered Poverty, Substance Abuse, Incarceration as Adults

Posted on October 10, 2011

To cut crime, prescription raise education and income levels, visit and reduce addiction rates among the poor, no program offers more bang for the buck than preschool, as a new study published in Science demonstrates. The long-term study followed 1,539 children born in 1979-80. They lived in the lowest-income neighborhoods of Chicago, where nearly 40% of residents live below the poverty line; most of the children were African American. More than 950 of the families in the study participate

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More iPads for Preschools, Kindergartens

Posted on September 09, 2011

Finger paints, picture books and iPads—the newest classroom tools for some preschools, kindergartens. Despite tight budgets, 'this is teaching to their world,' educator says. Dozens of preschool and kindergarten teachers are adding iPads to their classroom stocks of pencils and paints in an effort to hook young learners with the newest technology craze at the same time—or even before—their parents adopt it. "This is teaching to their world," said Superintendent Linda Vieth of Sunset R

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Learning new Words: Repetition or Insight?

Posted on June 06, 2011

To cut crime, viagra buy raise education and income levels, dosage and reduce addiction rates among the poor, look no program offers more bang for the buck than preschool, as a new study published in Science demonstrates. The long-term study followed 1,539 children born in 1979-80. They lived in the lowest-income neighborhoods of Chicago, where nearly 40% of residents live below the poverty line; most of the children were African American. More than 950 of the families in the study particip

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