According to the latest study children who have a good learning environment at home during their early years will perform better later in their school life.
A new study has indicated that children under school age who have regular learning activities at home will continue to produce better test results and grades later in their school careers. The research by Dr. Simone Lehrl has been recently published in School Effectiveness and School Improvement.
Dr. Lehrl’s study is one of the first to produce detailed information on the importance of home learning for young children and how this affects their development through to adolescence. Based at the University of Bamberg, Dr. Lehrl’s study looked at 229 German children.
The children were aged three when the study commenced, and the research continued until they were twelve or thirteen years of age. During the course of the research, the children took numeracy and literacy tests annually.
The test results confirmed that those children who had home learning pre-school in the areas of mathematics, literacy, and language performed better in adolescence. Even if the home learning environment had deteriorated over time, their scores remained higher.
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Dr. Lehrl confirmed that the results support the hypothesis that the exposure of children to literacy, numeracy, and language learning early in life will improve all of these skills compared to their adolescent counterparts who had not had a positive learning environment pre-school.
Caregivers should, therefore, be encouraged to provide learning opportunities through shared reading and activities in order to improve their child’s educational prospects.
In addition, the research indicated that by improving one area of learning, there were knock-on effects which also improved the others. For example, parent-child interaction during numerical skills learning also improved language skills.
As well as the home learning environment other factors were also considered in the research to account for any background variables. These included gender, maternal education level and socio-economic factors which could act to affect the learning environment and impact the results.