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In honour of #marchmathness and our own families 30 days of math this year, I want to share with you some of our families favourite picture books.
Family read alouds are the perfect way to input more learning
with your little ones into your day. They require minimal effort, lots of snuggles and foster deep family connections. All of this whilst feeding your child’s education with one thought, one word and one idea at a time.
Math tends to get a bit of a bad name with many people. Some parents dread teaching it due to their own struggles and experiences! Some children also find learning Math’s through the traditional methods of explanations, examples and workbooks challenging and frustrating. If you are one of those homeschool parent there are tons of classic maths stories that will help make that experience more enjoyable for all of you.
Sharing fun engaging maths classics with you’re kids will help encourage their curiosity of numbers and their real life application. When we do that during these very early years it plants the seed of thinking that “math is fun” instead of alternatives such as “maths is hard!” I know this to be true from recent experience.
M and A are both developing a real interest in numbers right now! They love writing, spotting them in different places and seeing how far they can count up to. They also enjoy using mathematical instruments such as scales, rulers and calculators. I owe a lot of that curiosity to the books we have enjoyed together of over the past few months!
The books I’ve included below are not just my personal favourites to read aloud but also the ones that have had the biggest impact on the boys! So without further contemplation, here they are!
OurFamilies Favourite Maths Picture Books
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
One of the keys to teaching Maths at home is sparking a child’s curiosity about the use of numbers through real life application! This picture book follows the inspirational life of the famous Paul Erdos. Learn how he grew from a child interested in numbers to becoming a world famous Mathematician! With lots of counting, mathematical terms and principles thrown in, this picture book is wonderfully illustrated, encourages a curiosity of Math application in real life and has a whole section at the end full of wonderful facts about Paul and his work.
This book is part of a series of Math’s classics that we first discovered on the TJed Classic Books List. Through this fun, witty Mathematical tale you will follow Sir Cumference and his accomplices, including a trusty carpenter. They set out to design the first round table that will host a group discussion about a plan for peace.
One of the main areas of focus in both preschool and kindergarten maths is on shapes. Let your child discover the properties of a quadrilateral through this fun, creative, colourful book packed with examples.
This book of Maths riddles by Greg Tang is great fun. We’ve had quite a few giggle trying to get our heads round some of them. As well as stretching a child’s mind through it’s games, it provides them with valuable problem solving skills for life.
This collection of mathematical fables is another superb read aloud from Greg Tang. The stories are great for teaching young homeschoolers the basic concepts of addition and subtraction. I just adore the illustrations in this book too!
For more great books to share with your children check out my post about other classic books that we love and if you are looking for ways to bring more reading into your homeschool join our 30 Day Learning Through Literature Challenge today!