Parental support is critical when it comes to math achievement, study says

Students in the United States rank below 30 other countries in math

Parental support is critical when it comes to math achievement, study says

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) --- Worldwide, about six out of every 10 children and adolescents are not meeting minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. How do our kids stack up? How can busy parents support their kids’ math learning?

A new study shows when it comes to math achievement, a parent’s support is critical. Investigators examined mothers’ support of their child’s math learning at 36 months and the child’s counting and calculation skills at four and a half and six to seven years. They found more maternal support led to better math skills and better school readiness. But scientists find that supporting your kids at home may be more challenging for low-income families who may not be able to purchase resource materials or spend as much time going over skills.

So, what can you do to give your preschool-aged child an edge? Experts say parents of any income level should engage with their kids whenever possible. One technique is to label set sizes. For example, you can say, ”Look, one, two, you have two pennies.”

Also, choose toys that promote higher-level arithmetic skill, such as Legos, blocks, and puzzles or when cooking or at the grocery store, count ingredients with your child.

Other studies find that students in the United States rank below eight other countries in reading but below 30 other countries in math.

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Executive Producer; Milvionne Chery, Field Producer; and Roque Correa, Editor.

Produced by Child Trends News Service in partnership with Ivanhoe Broadcast News and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation

About the Authors:

RJ Marquez is co-host of KSAT News Now and reports for Good Morning San Antonio. He's been at KSAT since 2010 and covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms, including his Spurs newsletter. RJ has reported stories for KSAT Explains.

Gaby has been a news producer since 2019. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Media Arts degree and previously worked at KIII-TV in Corpus Christi.