Series: Hear from the Experts

Research Finds That Using Fingers to Count Can be Important

Outlined in this The Atlantic article is growing evidence that using fingers to count is an important part of a child’s development of number concepts. Research supports the argument both from behavioral and neuroscience studies that when children develop ways in which to perceive and represent their fingers, they ultimately get better at representing those fingers when addressing math problems, and that all leads to higher math achievement.