While you may think this title is a reference to the craziness in our household (and you would not be mistaken), I’m actually referring to one of our recent Math reads. I love books that introduce mathematical concepts in engaging ways for several reasons:
- An integrated approach to curriculum and education is pure genius. Any time you can “kill two birds with one stone”, do it! Why not hit reading and math all at once?!
- Stories are a powerful teaching tool. We know this. Emotional connection with material helps us to retain and understand at a deeper level.
- Math stories level the playing field and make learning accessible to a variety of ages. So, for example, even though my 2 year old cannot thoroughly grasp the concept of addition, she loves reading as an end in and of itself (not to mention the love it demonstrates to her when I take the time to sit down and read); my six year old, on the other hand, is able to comprehend the story at a much deeper level and interacts with the text in a way that strengthens his understanding of various concepts. Different kids, different ages and stages + learning together simultaneously = one happy teacher/mama!
So, here’s a look at what we did last week (or was it the week before? My days are all mixed up!):
And here is an opportunity for continued learning at home: