Educating Early

educating early

Educating Early provides you with the opportunity to consider the value of educating early and if schools are preparing students for the real world. At the end these activities, you will be able to discuss why and how education is important for preschool and primary school education.

  • Time

    60-80 minutes

  • Main Skills

    Listening and Reading

  • Theme and topic

    Social Organisation: Educating Early

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    Audio Transcript


You will hear a radio broadcast on the importance of recess for young children. Match the statements with the three speakers.

1. We don't need to control children.

2. They are sharpening pencils less.

3. Finnish children are healthier in many regards.

4. Some schools cut recess for more academic work.

5. Children are absorbing more information faster in the classroom.

6. Children are developing better socially and emotionally with longer recess.

7. Positive behaviour is also being worked on, in addition to recess.



Adapted from Turns out the monkey bar might be good for the brain by Christopher Connelly.


Read the text about the first day at school for young children.

Here are the words and phrases covered in this lesson about educating early:

  • academic work
  • character development
  • educating early
  • education rankings
  • empathy
  • kinesiologist
  • junior infants
  • paediatrician
  • positive behaviour
  • principal
  • recess (US)
  • role-play
  • social and emotional development
  • transformation
  1. Discuss the following points about why and how education is important for preschool and primary school education and preparing for the real world.
  2. Imagine you are a reporter for your school's newspaper, and you have been asked to write an article on the first day of school. Interview two or three people about their experiences on the first day of a new school.
  • Give the article a heading.
  • Start with a description of a scene, then explain the topic of the article.
  • Use a mixture of quotations and explanations to develop the article's ideas.
  • End the article with something that refers back to the beginning.


IB English B Language Skills

  • Listening & Speaking

    Skills to communicate both professionally and socially.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

IB English B Themes

  • Experiences

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Human Ingenuity

    Opportunities to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.

  • Identities

    Opportunities to discover interests, values, belief and culture.

  • Sharing The Planet

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Social Organization

    Opportunities to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.

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