Reading and Mathematics Bound Together: Creating a Home Environment for Preschool Learning Academic Article uri icon


  • The combination of mathematics and reading in family reading time can positively impact childrens ability to make sense of representations in both mathematics and reading. Four families volunteered to participate in this field based inquiry to learn how to integrate mathematics and reading in parent-supported activities. Four parents and their preschool aged children together attended training sessions to learn and practice how to create a home environment supportive of both reading and mathematics. Each parent completed questionnaires about implementation of the four training sessions with their child. Parent responses were overwhelmingly positive regarding the suggested behaviors for creating a pro-reading/mathematics home environment. Parents reported that the reading and mathematics home instruction activities gave children learning opportunities from combining early mathematics skills and reading skills and they also learned new vocabulary. Home learning activities also helped children learn effortful control skills when reading and talking about mathematics storybooks. There was also rapport building through family conversations that were attributed to parents use of instructional activities.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Education and Learning

altmetric score

  • 8

author list (cited authors)

  • Godwin, A. J., Rupley, W. H., Capraro, R. M., & Capraro, M. M.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Godwin, Amber J||Rupley, William H||Capraro, Robert M||Capraro, Mary Margaret

publication date

  • January 2015