Talking Numbers Counts For Kids’ Math Skills

A toddler with numbers. Yuriy Nedopekin/iStockphoto.com

In almost every home and pre-school in America, young children are being taught how to recite the alphabet and how to say their numbers.

A new study by University of Chicago psychology professor Susan Levine finds that simply repeating the numbers isn’t as good as helping kids understand what they mean.

According to her study, in order for children to develop the math skills that they will need later on in school, it is essential that parents spend time teaching their children the value of numbers by using concrete examples — instead of just repeating them out loud.

“Just about all 2-year-olds can rattle off the sequence from 1 to 10,” Levine tells Weekend All Things Considered’s Guy Raz. “But then, if you ask them to give you three objects … they’ll just grab a handful.”

So the toddlers can say the numbers in order, but that doesn’t mean they actually understand what they represent.

Her study looked at children whose ages ranged from about 1 to 2-and-a-half years.

The study followed a set of 60 families. Every four months, researchers would visit a family’s home and videotape the everyday interactions between parents and child.

Some kids only heard as few as four number words from their parents during a session. “At the high end, it was over 200,” Levine says.

“If you extrapolate that out over a week, some kids may be hearing as few as 20 number words and others as many as 1,800,” Levine says. “So it’s a huge difference in the opportunity to learn.”

Also, the team noticed, the parents tended to engage their children in various kinds of number talk, from reciting number words to actually counting objects. The latter, the study found, is more effective.

Counting objects and saying, ‘Oh, you have four cars: one, two, three, four,’ while you point at them — seems to be better,” Levine says.

The study found that 4-year-olds who talked more about numbers and participated in counting activities did better at number tasks than others.

Whether this head start becomes a lifelong advantage is yet to be seen. Many of the children in Levine’s study are now in the third and fourth grade, and her team plans to keep monitoring the kids as long as possible.

Originally reported by National Public Radio. Read the original story here.

Published in: Local News Keywords: , , , ,

Related News

Bookmark and Promote!

26 Responses to "Talking Numbers Counts For Kids’ Math Skills"

  1. Any person several opportune pieces, it comes surely, as nicely as you bring in crave of various the numerous other types of hikers close to you with hard part your question. pre owned awnings 678870

    • Nickollas says:

      Hey I just wanted to say that I honsltey enjoyed reading your weblog. You have wonderful views, Maintain up the fantastic informative information Smile Just a quick question though. Are you making enough money from blogging?

  2. Thanks for all your efforts that you have put in this. very interesting info . 237714

  3. I like this post, enjoyed this 1 regards for posting . 922417

  4. webdesigners says:

    There exist a couple of several different distinct levels among the California Weight loss program and each and every a person is pretty crucial. You are procedure stands out as the the actual giving up with all of the power. weight loss 516816

  5. Funny Photos says:

    A person necessarily lend a hand to make severely posts I

  6. this says:

    Enjoyed reading by way of this, quite very good stuff, thankyou . 815801

  7. Hey man, .This was an exceptional page for such a hard topic to speak about. I appear forward to reading a lot of far more wonderful posts like these. Thanks 538894

  8. Wow, superb weblog structure! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging glance simple. The total look of your web website is outstanding, neatly as the content material! 339567

  9. Safest the world toasts are created to captivate and also faithfulness to your wedding couple. Beginner sound system watching high decibel locations would be wise to always remember some sort of vital secret produced by presentation, which is your auto. finest man speeches funny 178099

  10. Do you have a spam issue on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; many of us have created some nice procedures and we are looking to swap solutions with other folks, why not shoot me an e-mail if interested. 879311

  11. hello i discovered your post and thought it was extremely informational likewise i suggest this website about repairing lap tops Click Here 873170

  12. You created some decent points there. I looked on the internet for that issue and located many people will go in addition to with the web website. 212325

  13. There are some fascinating points in time in this write-up but I don

  14. This will be a terrific blog, would you be interested in doing an interview about just how you developed it? If so e-mail me! 655780

  15. Hey man, .This was an excellent page for such a hard subject to talk about. I look forward to reading many more great posts like these. Thanks 552030

  16. I’ve been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this site. Thanks , I’ll try and check back more often. How frequently you update your website?

  17. porn says:

    I just love this site, its amazing and awesome and really speaks to you

  18. Daryl Ruud says:

    Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please also visit my site =). We could have a link exchange agreement between us!

  19. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  20. Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it is truly informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. I’ll appreciate if you continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  21. Nice post. I study something more difficult on totally different blogs everyday. It’s going to always be stimulating to learn content material from different writers and follow a bit of something from their store. I’d want to use some with the content on my blog whether or not you don’t mind. Natually I’ll provide you with a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  22. DollarCarClub.com – Win a Nissan GTR in November in our FREE Sweepstakes

  23. get girls says:

    I just found the website through Bing search engine. You really created a meaningful point. In the future I Really like to study brand-new posts from your blog.

Leave a Reply

Submit Comment

© 2018 Chicago Press Release Services.
All rights reserved. XHTML / CSS Valid.