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February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

Emoticons Help Gauge School Happiness Level in Young Children

Feb. 3, 2017 — The How I Feel About My School questionnaire is available to download for free. It uses emoticon-style faces with options of happy, ok or sad. It asks children to rate how they feel in seven ... read more

Large Scale Study Highlights Challenges Faced by Children With ASD in Early School Years

Jan. 13, 2017 — New research outlined in a report stems from one of the largest studies on young children with ASD as they transition into ... read more

Low English Skills at School Start Linked to Behavioral Difficulties

Sep. 20, 2016 — Children who enter reception with poor English language skills -- whether it's their first language or an additional language -- are more likely to have social, emotional and behavioral ... read more

Lift-the-Flap Books May Hinder Kids from Learning New Words

Sep. 14, 2016 — Features in non-fiction children’s books such as lift-the-flap may hinder toddlers from learning new words, suggests new ... read more

Education Reform Urged: Age-Based Grade Assignments Hinder Millions of Students

Sep. 8, 2016 — Traditional age-based grade levels may be hampering the progress of millions of K-12 students in the United States and should be a target for reform, according to a new ... read more

Early-Life Language Stimulation, Skills May Prevent Childhood Depression

Sep. 7, 2016 — Children who experience low levels of language learning stimulation beginning at three years of age are more likely to experience language delays by first grade and are three times more likely to ... read more

Sep. 2, 2016 — New research from Loughborough University has revealed many four-year-olds are not physically ready to start school. ... read more

Study Suggests Early Learning in Native Language Can Help English Skills

Aug. 17, 2016 — Spanish-speaking preschoolers experience significant improvements in their English skills when they have a good grasp of Spanish letters and numbers, research indicates. In another study, the ... read more

School Quality, Genetics Play Role in Child’s Reading Ability

Aug. 10, 2016 — Natural smarts can only take a child so far if they are also attending a poor school, according to new educational ... read more

Attention Problems in Early Childhood Can Have Lasting Impact

July 6, 2016 — Children with attention problems in early childhood were 40 percent less likely to graduate from high school, says a new study that examines how early childhood characteristics affect academic ... read more

June 29, 2016 — For the first time, researchers have captured images of the brain during the initial hours and days of learning a new language. They use an artificial language with real structures to show how new ... read more

June 24, 2016 — A researcher has developed an adjustable tables where the front portion can be tilted for easy reading and writing in order to minimize the ergonomic health risks among school ... read more

Teachers Optimistic About Common Core Writing Standards, but Not Tests

June 22, 2016 — Teachers believe the Common Core standards in their states can improve how they teach writing, but they also find plenty of shortcomings with the standards -- and with the associated state writing ... read more

Preschool Academic Skills Improve Only When Instruction Is Good to Excellent

June 7, 2016 — As the overall quality of instruction in preschool classrooms increases, children experience better outcomes across a range of skills, but the needle only moves on language and reading skills when ... read more

Children With High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder Show Unique Handwriting Patterns

June 1, 2016 — The new study found that children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder integrated in regular schools find it difficult to perform writing tasks. This can impair their academic achievements, ... read more

Speech-Language Pathologists Can Help Kids Who Struggle to Read

May 25, 2016 — Classroom teachers may not employ the strategies that can help students master complex written language, according to speech-language pathology ... read more

Foreign Language Teachers Facing a Confidence Conundrum

May 18, 2016 — Foreign language teachers play a pivotal role in creating global citizens, but some teachers lack confidence in their ability to speak in their nonnative tongue, which could undermine the quality of ... read more

May 16, 2016 — Learning two languages from the start helps children master the rules of each language faster, new research ... read more

First Graders Can Analyze Stories Like Experts

May 12, 2016 — With a little help, six-year-olds can read texts in the same way as adult literary ... read more

Teaching Computers to Understand Human Languages

May 6, 2016 — A set of algorithms has been developed that will help teach computers to process and understand human languages. The algorithms will enable a computer to act in much the same way as a human would ... read more

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