Helping Teachers and Families "Find the Math" in Storybooks

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,3
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. discuss results of a pilot study that explored the implementation of a dialogic reading intervention to develop early math skills.
  2. practice dialogic reading strategies to use in consultation with early childhood educators through using commonly available early childhood storybooks.
  3. understand the relationship between math language and math skills in developing early critical thinking skills.
  4. describe and engage in consultative strategies that can be used to help teachers and parents identify math language in storybooks.


The achievement gap between privileged and minoritized children exists both for math and language arts. Dialogic reading is a strategy that can be used to improve both of these academic skills by addressing the math language necessary for the development of critical thinking skills. Attendees will learn how to employ a range of consultation strategies to help teachers and parents find math language in commonly used storybooks to promote early math success.



Mary E. Moody, University of Florida
Agenia Delouche, University of Florida
Jessica Wheeler, University of Florida
Tina M. Smith-Bonahue, University of Florida


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