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Key to young kids' academic success: interaction

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Interaction with teachers may be key to the academic success of pre-schoolers.

Researchers found children who spent the most time in free-choice play without teacher interaction had the smallest gains in early language and math skills.

Kids who had more individual instruction time from teachers made greater academic strides, especially low-income children.

Researchers note that children can learn through play, especially when teachers are actively involved.

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