Math Counts Too! Promoting Family Engagement in Math Activities at Home

Erica L. Zippert, Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Annette Y. Goldsmith

Abstract


Although librarians typically focus on language and literacy when planning children’s programs, research suggests that math skills are valuable too. Today, proficiency in math is an essential professional skill. Many careers involve math, and math classes act as gateways to attaining degrees in STEM fields.1 In our personal lives, math is used daily to manage household finances and make informed decisions about our health.2 Finally, math skills at school entry are strong predictors of later academic achievement in both math and reading.3 Therefore, math development should be considered an important part of children’s school readiness skills.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5860/cal.15n2.38

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