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Information for parents

Dear parents,

Below, you will find a small FAQ about the project and the activities that your child will participate in, if enrolled in the study. If this does not answer your questions, please feel free to contact us.

What are the goals of the Mathchild project?
The main goal is to map the associations between math performance and related variables: number sense, which is an early understanding of numbers and quantities, and working memory, which is memory for facts that are being processed on the spot. Also, some interventions are being planned to aid the students who perform below-average on math tests.

How long will the project take?
Children will be tested from the 2nd year of kindergarten (groep 2) up to the 2nd grade of primary school (groep 4). During this time period, children will be tested individually twice a year. During each round of testing, children will be occupied with our tasks for about xx minutes, divided over x sessions.

What is expected of my child?
Your child will be individually tested on several skills with a trained testing assistant. However, there is no pressure for children to perform: the tests are introduced to the children as games and the materials are made child-friendly and attractive. Testing assistants are trained to be responsive to the individual needs of the participating children. After a testing session has ended, your child will receive a small reward (e.g.: a sticker).

Can I look into the testing scores of my child?
Yes, you can. However, you should be aware that testing is done in an experimental setting. Therefore, scores cannot be used as diagnostic materials, nor can they be used as indication for certain types of schools or special needs classes. If you would like to look into the scores of your child, please contact the project coordinator of the university that contacted your child’s school.