-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Talking to young children
about numbers can boost their success in math once they're in
school, researchers say.
Children whose parents talked more about numbers were much more
likely to understand the cardinal number principle -- the size of a
set of objects is determined by the last number reached when
counting the set, the University of Chicago researchers found.
In the study, the investigators recorded in-home interactions
between parents and preschoolers and analyzed the link between
parents' talk about numbers and their children's subsequent math
performance in school.
"By the time children enter preschool, there are marked individual differences in their mathematical knowledge, as shown by their performance on standardized tests," study leader and psychologist Susan Levine said in a university news release.
She also noted that previous studies have found that a child's
level of math knowledge when they begin school predicts future
The new findings "suggest that encouraging parents to talk about
numbers with their children, and providing them with effective ways
to do so, may positively impact children's school achievement,"
The study was published in a recent issue of the journal
The Ontario Ministry of Education outlines how
parents can help their children learn math.
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