Math at home adds up to achievement in school

Science. 2015 Oct 9;350(6257):196-8. doi: 10.1126/science.aac7427.


With a randomized field experiment of 587 first-graders, we tested an educational intervention designed to promote interactions between children and parents relating to math. We predicted that increasing math activities at home would increase children's math achievement at school. We tested this prediction by having children engage in math story time with their parents. The intervention, short numerical story problems delivered through an iPad app, significantly increased children's math achievement across the school year compared to a reading (control) group, especially for children whose parents are habitually anxious about math. Brief, high-quality parent-child interactions about math at home help break the intergenerational cycle of low math achievement.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Child
  • Educational Status*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intergenerational Relations*
  • Knowledge
  • Male
  • Mathematics / education*
  • Mobile Applications
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Parents / psychology
  • Reading
  • Schools
  • Students / psychology*
  • Teaching / methods