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How early learning can predict a child's success By Dr Robert Titzer

Exciting educational classes for the under 5s Intellitots is a unique new pre-school company which provides exciting educational classes for children between 18 months and 5 years What’s involved? • Each 45-minute class develops mathematics and phonics skills through play. • The fun and practical activities within each class help to develop and build upon essential skills that are required at primary school, such as teamwork, reasoning, speaking and listening and motor skills. • The classes are progressive with the class leader getting to know each child’s strengths and identifying their next steps, inspiring them to meet their full potential. • The programme closely follows the early years framework, and was designed by an experienced and creative primary school teacher. Intellitots’ mission is to encourage a love of learning early on and to give children a head start into their primary school education.


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ou may be surprised to learn that the long term effects of children learning language and maths skills at an early age is one of the greatest predictors of their financial success as adults.

How can this be possible you may ask? With the many confounding variables such as a child’s IQ, formal education and socio-demographic background, it’s hard to believe that early reading or maths skills can be one of the most important factors associated with doing well as an adult. However, a 2013 study from the University of Edinburgh shows that early maths and reading abilities have major long-term benefits. Children who performed better in reading and maths tests at age 7 were shown to be more likely to earn higher wages later in life according to researchers. Children who had advanced by just one grade level in reading by age 7 earned an average of £5,000 per year more at age 42 than their classmates. The study also concluded that “mathematical and reading ability at age 7 are substantially and positively correlated with financial success at age 42, independently of relevant confounding variables.” In other words, it was the actual reading and maths abilities at age 7 – not just the child’s socioeconomic status, the child’s IQ, or other factors – that had a lasting impact on the person’s life chances. Understanding Words

Research consistently indicates that the earlier a child learns language skills, the better the long term outcome. Early Reading and Maths Skills Studies back in the 1960s concluded that children who were taught to read at ages 3 or 4 read better than children of the same IQ who were taught at ages 5 or 6. In addition, the studies showed that the earlier a child was taught to read, the more likely the child would enjoy reading. Parental involvement in teaching children about reading and writing words is also related to the development of early literacy skills. For more details see: Dr Robert Titzer is an Infant Researcher 1 Ritchie, S. J. & Bates, T. C., (2013). Enduring Links From Childhood Mathematics and Reading Achievement to Adult Socioeconomic Status. Psychological Science. 2 Hart, B. & Risley, T., (1995). Meaningful Differences in Everyday Parenting and Intellectual Development in Young American Children. Baltimore: Brookes. 3 Fernald, A., Marchman, V. A. & Weisleder, A., (2012). SES differences in language processing skill and vocabulary are evident at 18 months. Developmental Science.

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