New Research Shows 'Cute' Doesn't Cut It in Preschool; Studies Reveal Math in Pre-K Is Top Predictor of School Success

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Dallas-area teachers participating in mock classroom taught by renowned Texas early childhood education expert Tuesday

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The research is clear. A child's exposure to math in pre-Kindergarten is indicative of later school success. Preschool-age children are natural learners and capable of understanding much more than we often give them credit for

Parents and teachers know the importance of reading to young children, but compelling new research shows that early exposure to math is an even more "powerful predictor of later learning," affecting their chances of going to college.

Dallas-area teachers will learn how to effectively introduce math concepts as early as pre-K and set children on a path to college readiness at a special mock pre-Kindergarten classroom taught by early childhood education expert Dr. Juanita Copley. Educators from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area will attend the session at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the La Cima Club located at 5215 North O'Connor in Irving, TX, 75039.

Dr. Copley is the authority on using math in the classroom to prepare pre-Kindergarten students for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

"The research is clear. A child's exposure to math in pre-Kindergarten is indicative of later school success. Preschool-age children are natural learners and capable of understanding much more than we often give them credit for," said Dr. Copley, a veteran teacher of nearly 40 years and professor of education at the University of Houston. "Integrating math and science substantively into the daily routine gives young children a solid academic base from which to grow as students. Inviting young children to become scientists - exploring, hypothesizing, measuring and experimenting - sets them up not only to understand their physical world, but to continue to be fascinated by their own ability to learn and discover throughout their school years."

In addition to authoring the bestselling The Young Child and Mathematics, Dr. Copley helped write Pearson Scott Foresman's OWL (Opening the World of Learning) program, a comprehensive Pre-K curriculum designed for Texas classrooms. OWL integrates math and science along with language development and other critical skills for students throughout its lessons and will be used by Dr. Copley to teach the educators attending the mock-classroom session.

"Teachers must recognize that early math instruction is not limited to a specific period or time of day in preschool. Instead it is a natural part of any quality preschool learning environment," the Texas Education Agency's Prekindergarten Guidelines state.

Math and science are embedded into OWL's vocabulary, reading and other instruction. Aligned to the state's Pre-K guidelines, OWL provides an exhaustive list of resources to help children, whether English-speakers or not, develop English vocabulary at an amazing rate of 3,000-4,000 words, which research shows is critical to best prepare children for Kindergarten and long-term school success. From its rigorous curriculum in both English and Spanish to engaging digital animations and systemic monitoring of student progress, Pearson's pre-Kindergarten instructional materials are all scientifically researched.

About Pearson and Texas
Pearson (NYSE:PSO) is Texas' leading provider of technology in the classroom and has been developing education materials for Texas schools as far back as the 1800s. You may know us individually as Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Longman, SuccessMaker, NovaNet, PowerSchool, Educational Measurement, Educational Assessment, SuccessNet, Learning Teams, and so many more - names in the world of education that are recognized and respected across the State and the globe. In fact, most teachers in Texas have learned their profession by studying with Pearson's Merrill or Allyn & Bacon textbooks, and many have benefited from our professional development programs. We provide education and testing materials from birth through professional learning as well as the school systems that maintain student information data for thousands of schools. Our business offices
are located in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, but our 2,000 Pearson people are living and working in every school district across the State. For more information, go to

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