Early spatial skills key to later math ability

New research reported in Education Week looked at the differences in later math skill proficiency and early developed spatial skills.   Researchers have found executive function, fine-motor skills, and general knowledge in kindergarten are better predictors of 8th grade reading and math achievement than early-literacy skills.  They recommend emphasizing visual-motor and fine-motor tasks, such as cutting, copying, colouring, etc., long before introducing math concepts in pre-school to promote math proficiency – an interesting message in this day of pushing subject matter early in the curriculum and hoping for later achievement.

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