David Purpura, PhD, of Purdue University describes his team’s research and intervention designed around picture books and their effectiveness in homes. This family-centered approach brought parents into the book development process, which meant thinking about the stories in both Spanish and English from the start.
We made sure that the words that we used would be understandable across different dialects.
As as a result of parent feedback, all the books are bilingual rather than different versions for Spanish and English. This is one example of how involving families strengthened the outcomes of the project.
This was part of a keynote speech given at the 2019 Promising Math conference, focused on family and community contexts for early math learning.
Families are Pivotal in Designing Math Picture Books for Children
Read more about David Purpura and his team’s research and intervention.
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Promising Math is a biennial conference that aims to share knowledge about the understanding, teaching, and learning of early math.