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Using brain science to build potential

Many parents understand that robust vocabulary in a child can have advantages such as helping children create a solid foundation for school, but research also reminds us that early language environment impacts on more than just a child’s vocabulary.

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The importance of drawing to writing

Learning about writing starts long before children start school. They start with talking and drawing and Dr Noella Mackenzie believes if we value these two modes of communication, we can build on both of these skills in the valuable preschool years.

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The ongoing benefits of bilingualism

Researchers have found that the benefits of learning two languages as a child extend well into adulthood. For families who speak a language other than English at home, embracing that language can have many positive outcomes for their children.

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The benefits of STEM for preschoolers

In today’s world, science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills are life skills according to Professor Tom Lowrie, and by the time our preschoolers are teens they will need STEM thinking to do daily tasks and will hold jobs not yet imagined.

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The role of parents and home learning

Dr Kate Liley highlights the importance of the home learning environment in supporting children’s development. She discusses how it features strongly in research as being key to children’s language, physical, intellectual and social development.

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The value of play to literacy and numeracy

Children may learn to recognise letters and numbers by repetition and copying, but exploring their world through play where a stick represents a horse or a plate is a hat, forms foundations for abstract thinking in literacy, maths and problem solving.

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Why talking to your baby or child matters

The world of the young child is exciting. Research tells us the importance of early communication and the need for children to experiment with sounds, babbling, making noises, learning vocabulary, and communicating from as early an age as possible.

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Why repetitive reading helps your child

While even the most welcome book can wear out its welcome when your child insists on reading it over and over again each evening, it may help to know that rhyme, rhythm and repetition are all contributing a vital part to your child’s learning journey.

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