Thursday, January 21, 2010

Missing Math I am very passionate about teaching my daughter math. I don’t just want her to learn it, I want her to love it and enjoy its challenge. My approach to teaching math is to avoid any sort of math drills for as long as possible. It’s not hard as my daughter smells drills and fights them mightily. So – we read books and play games, and you can read more about our math journey by choosing Early Math  category on the sidebar of my blog. Anyway, this book that I picked up from tJan20_MissingMathhe library worked out great in promoting my “math is great!” message. Loreen Leedy is a well known author, and I looked at her other math books before, but they are targeted towards somewhat older audience. This one, however, was beautifully illustrated, well rhymed and extremely fun to read. It was definitely one of the best books of the week, and Anna requested it very many times. We made a “quick and dirty” story stretcher with number stickers. I drew a very rough representation of a story finale, and Anna stuck the numbers going up the mountain and into “a number vacuum”. I was kind of hoping that she will put them into a number line, but no such luck. They were not ordered in the story either. I highly recommend the book, and please visit A Mommy’s Adventures for more StArt entries.

14 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I can see our next book binge is going to have to be a Loreen Leedy, I looked up her other titles, and was thrilled to see so many good ones - Thanks for the introduction to another great author!

Anabelle said...

I did a really fun math activity with my daughter this week that she adored! she's very into math thankfully.. so we've been doing alot with it. :)

check it out!
http://meettheboyles.blogspot.com/2010/01/ispy-math-jar.html

MaryAnne said...

That book sounds great - we'll have to see if our library has it! I also want my kids to really love math =)

Debbie said...

The book sounds great! Anna looks so confident and proud of herself there in that picture with her project!

Jenny said...

What a neat book!

Adriana said...

I have started reading one English book a day to Diego. I will look for this one at the library tomorrow.

sbswtp said...

What a great project!!!!

Michelle said...

This looks like a great book, I will have to check it out! Thank you for linking up this week, I always enjoy seeing what you do :0)

Our Little Family said...

Your passion for providing Anna with such a solid mathematical foundation is always SO inspiring to me. Seriously. I think because *I* struggled so desperately with math in school, tackling math with Maddie is FAR harder for me than say, a reading activity. I WANT Maddie to see math as a challenge and I REALLY want to work on my own attitude towards the subject. My husband loves any math challenge, be it calculations or logic, so I really need to get him to collaborate with me.

Anyway, well done, Momma!
-Jill

Wonder Mom said...

I will be "checking out" this book soon...

Thanks for the recommendation!

Julie said...

I saw a couple books by this author on display at our library yesterday but the ones they had up were a bit too advanced. I love your idea of encouraging math the way you do. I'm sure you'll foster a love of math in Anna.

Brimful Curiosities said...

A math mystery? Sounds exciting and perfect for young kids. Thanks for bringing the book to my attention.

Ticia said...

I haven't seen this Loreen Leedy book before. I've seen most of the other ones you're talking about for older kids, because that's what I used when teaching in second grade. I'll have to see if I can track this one down.

Susana said...

Thank you for sharing this book. Definitely one I want to get!