Children's games might help low-income preschoolers improve counting and other basic math skills and hold on to those gains for more than two months, according to a Carnegie Mellon University study, which tested the theory using a simple board game that researchers patterned after "Chutes and Ladders." "We [need to] improve preschool mathematics curriculum, especially for low-income children," said researcher Robert S. Siegler, a professor of cognitive psychology. "One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to do this is to provide board games to Head Start centers, child-care centers serving low-income populations and perhaps individual parents."

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