Here are some fine sites mentioning us this week. Nice to meet you, people of good will interested in math education! /waves
Contrary to popular belief, mathematics is not an activity that requires textbooks, calculators, and years of training. Because it consists of such fundamental notions as symmetry, classification, counting, and geometric transformations — all concepts that come naturally to even the youngest children — mathematics can truly be studied at any age. If you have picked up a copy of Math From Three to Seven and are wondering whether there is something similar for kids that are younger still, you should take a look at Moebius Noodles.
This book, the work of Yelena McManaman, Maria Droujkova, and Ever Salazar, is a beautifully illustrated collection of activities that engages young kids (even toddlers) in discovering fundamental mathematical principles and abstractions. For example, why wait until middle school or high school to learn about functions when you can think about them in any almost any context? For instance, Moebius Noodles proposes an activity where a child is given the name of a baby animal (like “kitten”) and must identify the corresponding adult animal name (in this case “cat”). The child has just created a baby-to-mother function and there are endless other possible activities that reinforce this idea of mappings between sets. The book covers basic ideas involving numbers, symmetry, functions, and even a little bit of calculus. If you’re a parent or preschool teacher interested in fun activities that involve both playing with and internalizing fundamental mathematical concepts, then Moebius Noodles is worth your time.
#100…Math Monday Blog Hop & Giveaway!
Unbelievable! This is the 100th Math Monday Blog Hop hosted on love2learn2day.
To enter the givaway, please leave a message in the comment section below, saying why you would like to win a copy of the book. Contest open until May 28. A winner will be chosen at random and announced May 29.
A couple of comments:
What do you see as the benefits to this learning style?
My nine year old’s answer: “I think me and [J(8)] both enjoy it more than we would if it was just textbooks. It’s really fun.” Seeing my kids enjoy maths is very important to me, but in itself that wouldn’t be enough to satisfy me that a full-time living maths approach is right for our family. What does convince me is noticing my children beginning to think like mathematicians.
What books would you recommend if someone were interested in learning more about this math learning style?
I think every homeschooler would benefit from reading Let’s Play Math by Denise Gaskins, whether or not they’re planning on doing full-time living maths. Moebius Noodles: Adventurous Math for the Playground Crowd (available from the Moebius Noodles website) also has lots of colourful inspiration. Some of our favourite read-aloud chapter books are The Great Number Rumble: A Story of Math in Surprising Places, The Adventures of Penrose, the Mathematical Cat, The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure and Mathematicians Are People Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians. (We are in good company here! – MariaD)