Encouraging children “to help,” rather than asking them to “be helpers,” can instill persistence as they work to fulfill daily tasks that are difficult to complete, finds a new psychology study. Continue reading “New research helps to instill persistence in children”
Worldwide immigration patterns are increasing the number of children who grow up exposed to two languages, a circumstance that provides numerous benefits as well as some challenges. Continue reading “Children take longer to learn two languages at once”
Kids learn better with a friend. They’re more enthusiastic and understand more if they dig into a subject with a companion. But what if that companion is artificial?
When adults are participants in school recess – leading games, monitoring play and ensuring conflicts are mediated quickly – children are more likely to be engaged in recess activities, a new study has found. Continue reading “Adults play a key role in children’s participation in school recess”
MIT study links piano education with better word discrimination by kindergartners. Continue reading “How music lessons can improve language skills”
If parents want to help their children develop language and literacy at a young age, reading bedtime stories together isn’t the only key to success. Continue reading “Honing Children’s Language and Literacy Skills”
Semi-structured block play among preschool-age children has the potential to improve two skills – mathematics and executive functioning – critical to kindergarten readiness, according a new study by Purdue University researchers. Continue reading “Block play could improve your child’s math skills, executive functioning”
Recess periods can offer physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits to elementary school children, but those benefits are tied closely to the quality of the playground experience.
Study shows for first time that a free, online course can change students’ mindsets towards their mathematical abilities, leading to increased academic achievement Continue reading “Changing students’ attitudes to mathematics improves test scores”