Before young children can get busy learning about reading, math or science they first need to develop strategies for learning, remembering and reasoning. In order to develop strategic competence in learning, children need to understand what it means to learn, who they are as learners, and how to go about planning, monitoring, revising, and reflecting upon their learning and that of others. Good teachers help make connections between new situations and familiar ones for children. Children's curiosity and persistence should be supported by teachers who direct their attention, structure their experiences, support their learning attempts, and regulate the complexity and difficulty levels of information for them. With a strong foundation of cognitive skills, children are well equipped to excel as learners and in challenging learning situations.

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