Life is a series of problems to be solved. We don’t mean this in a doom and gloom way, rather that our daily lives are a series of multiple small challenges which we automatically solve using our refined problem solving skills.
In fact, our ability to problem solve is so automatic that we don’t even think about it. Just today you’ve likely made a myriad of problem-solving decisions from what to wear, how to prepare for a meeting, to how to cajole your pre-schooler in to eating their five-a-day.
But here’s the thing: children don’t yet possess these same problem-solving abilities. They aren’t inbuilt. They have to be learned. This is particularly true for pre-schoolers. (more…)
We need to think of vocabulary as a building block. Its intrinsic value is only complete when part of a larger structure. Research shows that vocabulary is far more important than the individual words, and their meaning. Vocabulary knowledge, breadth and depth are directly correlated with a child’s overall development.