Learning Math Augments kid’s Language Proficiency

You will be truly amazed to discover that learning math augments kid’s language proficiency. A research at Prude University reveals that Preschool children who participate in math activities at home with their parents not only ameliorate their math skills but also their general vocabulary.  

Exposure to basic numbers and math concepts at home are predictive, much akin to story reading or other literacy-rich interactions but Amy Napoli, a doctoral student in the Department of Human Development thinks that it is the interaction and the dialogue when parents are teaching their children about math and asking questions, helps these young children better their oral language skills.

The findings are published online in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. Children can start learning about numbers anytime and David purpura, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, says that one of the first words young children learn is more.

Parents can employ various techniques to encourage and start teaching numbers to their children at home that includes connecting numbers to quantities and comparing values and talking about counting. Moreover, it also assists to focus on counting as purposeful, “there are three cookies for a snack” than “there are cookies for a snack”. 

However, the focus on math is not finding due importance at home but if parents include math concepts it can create a difference. Teaching numbers at early stages accelerate children learning so Napoli is working on tools to help parents meliorate math-related instruction at home.

She observed math-related anxiety widely spread at home so parents insist on literacy than on math without realizing if your kids can count, he can learn a lot on his own.

116 preschool children, ages 3-5, were evaluated during this study. A link between learning math at pre-school level and enhanced language proficiency among students has clearly been noticed. All the same Napoli and Purpura do caution that these findings are only correlational and it requires further experimental work to substantiate the casual nature of these findings. 

So finding out obscure reasons not to teach numbers to your kids is actually barring them to learn new words expeditiously.

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