One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: International Study Documents Importance of Language to Learning Math

By Inga Kiderra
Published October 28, 2013, at the University of California, San Diego, News Center

Talk to your toddler. And use numbers when you talk. Doing so may give a child a better head start in math than teaching her to memorize 1-2-3 counting routines. That’s the takeaway of an international study published this week in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Led by David Barner, associate professor of psychology and linguistics in the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, the study examined how well children ages 2 to 4 understand number concepts. Read the story. Read the study.