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How building your child’s spoken word bank can boost their capacity to read

Children benefit from previous understanding of spoken words before reading them. Africa Studio/Shutterstock Signy Wegener, Macquarie University and Anne Castles, Macquarie University Children’s oral vocabulary – their knowledge of the sounds and meanings of words – is strongly positively associated with their reading all the way through school. Understanding this relationship is important for making […]

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Eleven games and activities for parents to encourage maths in early learning

Parents can use everyday tasks and routines to encourage learning maths in early childhood. OnlyZoia/Shutterstock Sivanes Phillipson, Monash University and Ann Gervasoni, Monash University How can parents best help their children with their schooling without actually doing it for them? This article is part of our series on Parents’ Role in Education, focusing on how […]

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Does my child have a learning disability?

Sue O’Neill, UNSW Australia; Iva Strnadová, UNSW Australia, and Therese M. Cumming, UNSW Australia For some children, despite having no known physical or mental disability, learning to read, write, spell, do maths, dress, throw and catch a ball, or organise themselves presents significant challenges. When childhood milestones involving speech and movement are slow to develop […]

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Will liking math help girls get better scores?

[KUALA LUMPUR] Stereotypes and self-concepts about how good one is at math can directly impact academic achievement, a new study shows. The study, published in the October 2015 issue of the journal Learning and Instruction, also adds fresh insight about stereotypes that boys have a better affinity for math than girls. Scientists from the University […]

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Islam and science education work along, say educators

Islam and science education work along, say educators By Dyna Rochmyaningsih [KUALA LUMPUR] Malaysia is now considered as a model of how Islam and science education can go hand in hand for economic development, according to some educators. At the meeting of the Task Force on Science at Universities in the Muslim World, held in […]

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