Spatial, Written Language Skills Predict Math Competence
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers from Finland and Hong Kong have found that a child’s spatial and written language skills when they are young are predictors of math skills later.
The study examined the written, spatial, and math skills of 1,880 Finnish children from kindergarten through third grade. Researchers found children with better written language and spatial skills in kindergarten not only had better math scores at the start of first grade, but advanced more quickly through third grade. However, children with better oral language skills were not more likely to show any greater math competence later.
"Our results provide strong evidence that children's early acquisition of written language, spatial, and number skills forms important foundations for the development of their competence in math in the elementary years," study lead Xiao Zhang, assistant professor of psychology at The Hong Kong Institute of Education was quoted as saying.
For more information, go to: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/sfri-swl101513.php
SOURCE: Child Development, October 2013
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