Canadian Girls More Ready to Learn at Age 5

November 28, 2006

Yesterday, Statscan published results from a longitudinal study of 3,923 Canadian five-year-olds regarding readiness to learn. The study found that, by age 5, girls have better communication, attention and self-control, while boys are more curious. Household income has a strong impact on school readiness: poorer children have more limited vocabulary and communication skills, less numeracy, attention and co-operative play skills. But household income had no impact on work effort, curiosity, self-control or independence. Regardless of household income, positive interaction with parents was key. Globe & Mail | StatsCan