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The Great Race Board Game

Dr. Geetha Ramani at the Early Childhood Interaction Lab at the College of Education has developed a fun at-home board game for young children to learn numbers and practice counting. The game is based on her research that shows that playing number board games and card games can help young children learn about math.

The Great Race Board Game is a printable game board and pieces for you to print and play with your child.

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About the Early Childhood Interaction Lab

Our lab is directed by Dr. Geetha Ramani and is located in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park. We are also a member of the Infant and Child Studies Consortium at UMD.

Our research focuses on understanding how young children’s social interactions with adults and peers influence their cognitive development. We are also interested in how play and informal learning activities can promote children’s thinking in the areas of mathematics, problem solving, and planning. We invite you to learn more about our research projects and our research team.

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Geetha Ramani

Geetha Ramani is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. Before coming to the University of Maryland in 2008, Dr. Ramani received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cognitive Development at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Ramani's research focuses on understanding how children's social interactions influence their cognitive development, mainly in the areas of mathematics and problem solving.  Specifically, Dr. Ramani examines how children learn early math and problem-solving skills through play and informal learning activities, such as playing with games and blocks. She also investigates how parent-child interactions, parental beliefs, and the early home environment can contribute to children's development in these areas. Dr. Ramani is also interested in the development and correlates of peer cooperation in young children. Together, Dr. Ramani's work focuses on the benefits and unique processes of learning through cooperation and joint play with adults and peers, and their importance for educational practices with young children. Dr. Ramani runs the Early Childhood Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland.


Dr. Ramani's research: Taking It to the Classroom: Number Board Games as a Small Group Learning Activity

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