Friday, October 16, 2015
Overdeck Family Foundation Funded Research on ‘Bedtime Math’ Featured in the Journal Science
The Overdeck Family Foundation supported research appeared in the Oct. 9 edition of Science. The study from University of Chicago psychologists Sian Beilock and Susan Levine shows a marked increase in math achievement among children whose families used Bedtime Math, which delivers quick, engaging math story problems for parents and children to solve together. Bedtime Math was founded in 2012 by Laura Overdeck, a trustee of the Overdeck Family Foundation.
The results found that within just one school year, children who did Bedtime Math improved their math achievement on average by three months more than children in a reading control group. Most notably, children of the most math-anxious parents who chose to do Bedtime Math had gains of half a school year, narrowing the “math anxiety gap.”
The Overdeck Family Foundation is proud to support this research that contributes to the growing body of evidence that links parents’ attitudes towards math to their students’ math performance. These new findings demonstrate that structured, positive interactions around math at home can cut the link between parents’ uneasiness about math and children’s low math achievement.