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2009-03-10 15:35:00

If the teacher is not capable of understanding the perspective of six year olds then the child's learning becomes unnecessarily difficult, or in some cases the child's interest in learning may not be aroused at all. This is revealed in a new thesis by Agneta Simeonsdotter Svensson, from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Educational programs for six year olds became an institutionalized section of the Swedish school system in 1998 under the designation of preschool class, with a syllabus...

2009-02-17 12:00:00

University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication Finds Curriculum Benefits Teachers and Students JACKSON, Miss., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Mississippi preschoolers at risk for reading failure make significant gains in reading skills after using an educational curriculum based on the award-winning PBS series, Between the Lions. Through the Between the Lions Preschool Literacy Initiative, Mississippi Public Broadcasting has provided lessons, books and DVDs of episodes to more...

2009-02-09 13:21:42

Contrary to conventional wisdom, preschoolers don't move around a lot, even when they're playing outside, U.S. researchers said. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of South Carolina, Michigan State University and East Carolina University used data from the Children's Activity and Movement in Preschools Study. The researchers looked at 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds enrolled in 24 community-based preschool programs. The study, published in the journal Child Development, found...

2009-01-26 18:21:11

Children's playtime is a fundamental way youngsters can learn, an education professor in Illinois says. University of Illinois Professor Anne Haas Dyson said unstructured playtime in preschool and kindergarten may actually stunt a child's development. In a statement, she said playtime for children is a fundamental avenue for learning. She also said bombarding children with new information may be counterproductive. That approach doesn't appreciate the role of play and imagination in a child's...

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2008-11-14 12:40:00

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies shows that it's possible to teach preschoolers the pre-reading skills they need for later school success, while at the same time fostering the socials skills necessary for making friends and avoiding conflicts with their peers. The findings address long standing concerns on whether preschool education programs should emphasize academic achievement or social and emotional development. "Fostering academic achievement...

2008-11-12 06:00:15

GreatSchools, an independent nonprofit that empowers parents to support their children's educational success, today announced the launch of its national preschool finder service. Building on its decade-long service of enabling parents to find the right K-12 schools for their children, GreatSchools now gives parents the power to start their children off on the right path sooner by finding the right preschool. "Finding the right preschool is one of the most daunting tasks for a new...

2008-11-11 15:00:17

A national panel of state education leaders is unveiling a set of policy recommendations for middle grade reforms to better prepare students for high school success. The proposals, being issued by the National Association of State Boards of Education to national, state, and local education policymakers, are intended to focus greater attention on these grades and to counteract what the task force called the "benign neglect" of educators and the public to these adolescent years. "The early...

2008-11-06 11:17:49

Tonight, Knowledge Universe, the nation's leading provider of early childhood education and care, will honor its 2008 Early Childhood Educator Award winners during a special reception at the 2008 annual National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) international conference. Five exemplary teachers, chosen from more than 40,000 Knowledge Universe educators, were presented with this prestigious award at surprise ceremonies at their centers earlier this fall, each receiving...

2008-11-06 09:00:32

Classes for some 50,000 students at Toronto's York University were canceled Thursday as faculty workers went on strike over wage issues. The contract faculty, teaching assistants and graduate students are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and voted Wednesday night to walk out, the Globe and Mail reported. Christina Rousseau, chairwoman of CUPE local 3903, told the newspaper the latest offer of a 9.25 percent increase over three years would make York's contract and...

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2008-11-05 09:15:00

Fifteen recent college graduates dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young children have been accepted into the 2008-2010 class of Pearson Teacher Fellows, working with Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, to teach preschool in low-income communities across America. The announcement was made today at the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference. The Pearson Teacher Fellowship gives high caliber college graduates the professional, financial,...


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