The brains of children ages 6 to 9 have a significantly harder time than adult brains tracking and distinguishing voices amid background noise, such as other voices or sounds, according to Education Week’s coverage of a new study conducted by Belgian researchers and published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
There’s more in the article, but this is no surprise. Eliminate distractions and children can excel. The most innocuous things to an adult can be an insurmountable distraction to a child, and the children probably won’t tell you, because usually they can’t. It’s our job to maintain a quiet environment.
Sometimes children under the age of six believe that if you have two birthday parties at the age of four, you will have aged two years. If you have no birthday party, you might not age at all. This seems to me to comport with the idea that “children have a strong feeling for the concrete,” while abstract ideas can remain a total blur until the second plane.
Doing philosophy makes kids better at math and reading.
Philosophical discussions about truth, fairness or kindness appear to give a small but significant boost to the maths and literacy progress of primary school pupils, although experts remain puzzled as to why.
Children in Montessori elementary schools are constantly talking about fairness and respectfulness simultaneously as they work on math and reading together.