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Gone are the days when we educate children merely for survival. Today, our efforts should be focused on helping children reach their full potential, which we all know would massively benefit them, their families, and the communities they belong to. To ensure that children will thrive in the face of modern-day challenges, we channel all our efforts and resources into improving the education system, i.e. proper child care and research-based pedagogy. One of the hallmarks of an effective educational system is the emphasis on early childhood education. We have seen how developed nations reap social and economic returns after revamping their preschool education.
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:41

Does handwriting matter?

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Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.
  What To Expect From A Quality Homecare, Daycare or Nursery Environment - Quenita Walrond MA. Early Childhood Development Consultant As a parent of a 4 year old entering school for the first time, I was probably more nervous than my little eager learner. I asked myself all the questions any decent parent would ask themselves: will she be safe, will she be happy, will she learn what she needs to, will she make friends, and will she eat all her snack and remember to ask to go to the bathroom! However, as an Early Childhood Education and Development specialist, I had a different list of questions, and I was on the lookout! I was keeping an ever watchful eye for the critical markers that tell you about the great, or less than desirable care your child may be getting…
Guyana is on the U.N. list of Small Island Developing States, but don’t be fooled: It is not an island, nor is it particularly small.  Its Amerindian name means “Land of Many Waters,” a more accurate description, and a source of some of the challenges the country faces in providing quality education to children living in the most remote areas.Last month, the World Bank hosted Guyana’s Minister of Education Priya Manickhand to discuss early childhood development. Minister Manickhand specifically asked us three questions that we’ve heard many times over the last few years from policymakers in Latin America and the Caribbean:
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