I’ve spoken to several School groups, parents’ groups, and others around the country about how to help kids love books, and everything I’ve said about books applies to math as well. I’ve tutored math for several years and have seen first hand how the right approach can turn the most math-phobic child into a math lover.
I truly believe anyone can develop a love of math. And believe me, I was NOT one of those math geniuses in elementary school. I didn’t get a grip on my multiplication tables till I was in my 30’s and home schooling my own kids.
One great thing you can do is to make numbers and patterns fun. Point out how the number of brownies in the pan can be found by multiplication. Clap patterns with your pre-schooler. Play board games together. Talk in a happy way as you share the math you use in shopping, cooking and life. Pretty soon they’ll be begging for a piece of the action. =)
Here are my Loving Math book recommendations!
Similar to a magazine subscription, these books arrive in the mail about every 6 weeks and are full of fun math games and puzzles. They cover all elementary school levels.
George’s Secret Key to the Universe, and sequels by Stephen and Lucy Hawking
In case you don’t know yet- Stephen Hawking is a seriously brilliant physicist who makes science accessible to regular people. He wrote these with his daughter.
*Murderous Maths (entire series) by Kjartan Poskitt
A hilariously irreverent British series about vulgar fractions, phantom X, and desperate measures.
How Much is a Million? By David Schwartz
Picture book. A math-magician shows the meaning of a million. Great pictures.
One Hundred Angry Ants by Elinor Pinczes
Fun math lessons in a picture book
Sir Cumfrence and the First Round Table by Cindy Newschwander
Geometry in King Arthur’s court– picture book
G is for Google: A Math Alphabet Book, and Q is for Quark: A Science Alphabet Book both by David Schwartz
These middle to highschool level picture books are fun to read for the whole family. Simple explanations of complicated matters.