Counting, not just reciting numbers, signals math success in school

11/9/2012 | Education Week

Preschoolers who can count to 20 may be ahead of the curve when they enter first grade, according to a University of Missouri study that found such students had the highest math scores. The study looked at data for 3,000 children. "Counting gives children stronger foundations when they start school," said researcher Louis Manfras, an assistant professor in the university's department of human development and family studies. "The skills children have when they start kindergarten affect their trajectories through early elementary school; therefore, it's important that children start with as many skills as possible."

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