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Pre-school Math Skills in Children support First-grade Math Skills, which in turn support Fifth-Grade Math Knowledge: Study

Patterning knowledge may merit more attention in both pre-school and the early elementary grades

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New York, December 6, 2016: Pre-school children’s skills in patterning, comparing quantities and counting objects were stronger predictors of their math achievement in fifth grade than other skills, researchers said.

The study showed that pre-school math skills supported first-grade math skills, which in turn supported fifth-grade math knowledge.

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By first grade, patterning remained important and understanding written numbers and calculating emerged as important predictors of later achievement.

But, because not all types of math knowledge were equally important, certain early math topics should get more attention than they currently do, the researchers said.

“Counting, calculating, and understanding written numbers already get a lot of attention from teachers and parents, for good reasons,” said lead author Bethany Rittle-Johnson, Professor at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, US.

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“However, comparing quantities may merit more attention in pre-school and patterning knowledge may merit more attention in both pre-school and the early elementary grades,” Rittle-Johnson added.

The findings suggest that educators and school administrators may want to consider carefully which areas of math study should they shift attention to as they develop curricula for the early years.

For the study, the team followed 517 low-income children aged between 4-11.

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Determining how to help children achieve in math is important, particularly for children from low-income families who often enter school with weaker math knowledge than their peers, the researchers suggested.

The study appeared in the journal Child Development. (IANS)

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New Guinness World Record: Lebanon Now With Highest National Flags Raised in A City

"Today they were capable of raising thousands of Lebanese flags to enter the Guinness book. This is a national initiative which reflects Beirut's role and which implicates no flag other than the Lebanese will be raised in Beirut"

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After raising the flag that broke the world record, MP Tabsh congratulated the Beirut Alive Association for this remarkable individual and national initiative by excellence, adorning Beirut with thousands of Lebanese flags and entering the Book of Guinness. Pixabay

Lebanon’s capital Beirut has set a new Guinness World Record for the number of national flags raised in a city for 24 hours.

The Beirut Alive Association in the national capital on Sunday raised a total of 26,852 Lebanese flags breaking New York’s Waterloo record of 25,599 flags, Xinhua reported.

“I came here to adjudicate the record title for the most national flags displayed in one city in 24 hours. I am here to make sure that all guidelines of Guinness World Record have been achieved and and we have a new record title here which is the 26,852 flags achieved by Beirut Alive Association,” Guinness World Records’ Arbitrator Ahmed Jabr told Xinhua.

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The Beirut Alive Association in the national capital on Sunday raised a total of 26,852 Lebanese flags breaking New York’s Waterloo record of 25,599 flags, Xinhua reported. Pixabay

The event was organised under the patronage of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, represented by MP Rola Tabsh, at the Nejmeh Square in downtown Beirut, in the presence of Economic and Social Council Member Mohammed Al-Jouzou and independent witnesses from “Al-Ittihad Law firms” and various prominent figures.

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I am here to make sure that all guidelines of Guinness World Record have been achieved and and we have a new record title here which is the 26,852 flags achieved by Beirut Alive Association,” Guinness World Records’ Arbitrator Ahmed Jabr told Xinhua. Pixabay

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After raising the flag that broke the world record, MP Tabsh congratulated the Beirut Alive Association for this remarkable individual and national initiative by excellence, adorning Beirut with thousands of Lebanese flags and entering the Book of Guinness.

“Today they were capable of raising thousands of Lebanese flags to enter the Guinness book. This is a national initiative which reflects Beirut’s role and which implicates no flag other than the Lebanese will be raised in Beirut,” Tabsh said. (IANS)