"Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education." ~ Charlotte Mason

Monday, April 9, 2012

Book Sharing Monday: Usborne: Maths Dictionary & What's Maths all about?

I got these excellent books from Usborne: First Illustrated Maths Dictionary & What's Maths All About?.  The books are geared toward the level of understanding your child is in math.  I got them as a free read for my son primarily as a way for him to connect with math on a different level.  He often wonders why he has to put so much effort into learning math.  This is proving to be a nice, gentle way of approaching it.  It takes the stress off learning math during school time and opens it up to how the world of math works.  The pages are fun and colourful as are the descriptions of math, taking a child into the fundamental reasons why and how math exists in the world around them.   They're great books to cuddle up on the couch, read and chat about.  I've come to realise that it's important for him and kids in general not to feel intimidated by math when they struggle with it.  These books have helped to alleviate the stress and engage him in the process of math in a different way. 

Here's a sample page from What's Maths All About:

The First Illustrated Maths Dictionary I am using with my five year old.  It's a great way to introduce math during free reading time.  Below are pictures of a couple of pages in the book:

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