Monday, March 26, 2012

Math and Books = a great combination

Peals of laughter ring out from all in the room. I glance up and see little eyes peeking around the corner, the enquiring glaze asking what the fun is all about. One look at the picture and a quick explanation from big brother and all are soon joining the amusing conversation which follows. A puzzled expression from our littlest, leads to the older ones explaning how to tell the time, followed by adding all the combinations which equal 7. All the while, a single comment or glance is all that's needed to start another burst of laughter.

This was the scene in our home last week and it began with . . . . me reading a book.

We have discovered some fun, well written Math books. The authors have cleverly woven stories in a way which captivates the children. The lessons learnt are in real life situations and judging by conversations around our home - they are remembered and integrated into real living.

Following on from my discovery of the fantastic combination of Math/Paint which I shared here, I've got a few of my favourite Math/Book combinations.

The Life of Fred series captivate the children's attention. The books tackle all sorts of topics and spark the flames to fuel further conversations and learning about Math. The big positive is the way everything is brought into real-life scenarios, so there is a reason for learning this - after all Fred needs it! Our whole family love these books and all the children are usually found secretly listening as I read them aloud.

Life of Fred Elementary Series: Apples

What's Your Angle Pythagoras is a delightful story of a mischievious, young boy living in Ancient Greece. He makes some discoveries while playing where he shouldn't be and helping his Dad in the process.

What's Your Angle, Pythagoras?: A Math Adventure

Some more in the series:

Sir Cumference and the Viking's Map

A Place for Zero: A Math Adventure

Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin

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