Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Smart Fairy Tales as a guest contributor with us today to share her recommendations for books that teach kids to love math.
Books that Teach Kids to Love Maths
Many parents remember how it felt to encounter maths in school for the first time. For many of us, years of hearing older brothers and sisters or cousins declaring how much they hated it, and how hard it was, were enough to make us hate the subject without giving it a chance.
A few years ago, a concerned parent came to Reddit to ask for help: he had enjoyed maths in his youth, but ended up majoring in literature because he felt his brain hadn’t been trained enough to be able to grasp more advanced mathematical concepts, and now that his child was growing up, he wanted to make sure that they were given the chance to develop their maths skills as well. Mathematicians and maths enthusiasts came together to offer some suggestions of activities that helped them realise just how much they enjoyed the subject, and it was revealed that many kids actually learned maths by not trying to learn maths at all – small, simple exercises that built upon mathematical concepts were enough to get them to really enjoy the subject.
If you have children who seem to be disinterested in maths, perhaps an approach that differs from what they’re doing in school could help. As one redditor said, “Also, if they find school math boring because it’s just computation, try to show them why it’s necessary to learn some computation, but also try to show them that this isn’t what mathematics is about.” These days, there are several different books that have been made to try and help children understand the practical applications of maths. Here are some books that you may want to consider:
1. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Marjorie Priceman
If you have a child who seems to be more inclined towards the musical arts, Marojie Priceman’s Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin would be a good start. This colourful counting book is written in such a way that the rhythmic verse “echoes the sounds that the various instruments in the orchestra create”, and it not only allows kids to learn about the instruments, but helps them become more familiar with simple arithmetic.
2. This is Not a Maths Book by Anna Weltman
Kids who like creating with their hands and are more artistic will probably enjoy Anna Weltman’s This is Not a Maths Book. Recently featured in a blog post on Tootsa MacGinty, the book teaches kids how to create visual art using simple mathematical concepts – “From simple geometric patterns to fascinating fractal art, to awesome anamorphic art, and cool celtic knots, discover the beauty in maths, and the maths in beauty.” It’s a great way to teach your kids that you can love maths and art at the same time.
3. Math Fables by Greg Tang
Children who enjoy reading stories are sure to learn a lot from Greg Tang’s Math Fables, a book that illustrates maths concepts in colourful, “winsome” fables. Inspiring, fun, and entertaining, the book “encourages kids to see the basics of addition and subtraction in entirely new ways,” and it’s excellent material for reading with the children before bed as well. Greg has a range of different maths books for different ages as well, most of which can be found through Greg Tang Math.
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Written by Smart Fairy Tales