A new study has found that young children whose mothers encourage math skills do better on related tests, and with subtraction and addition.

The study, conducted by researchers at Boston College, was published in November in the journal Child Development.

Researchers determined that young children whose mothers supported them during play, specifically in their labeling of object quantities, had better math achievement at ages 4.5 and 5 years old. Moms helped their children count items, identify numbers and organize sets of objects. Children whose parents worked with them performed better on math tests in preschool and did better with basic math problems in first grade, the results showed.

To read the full study, go to onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12676/abstract.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton