Our Non-math Approach to Math

Monday, July 21, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

This year we're taking a bit of an unconventional approach to math. After I had spent lots of time searching for the perfect curriculum, we finally settled on studying math through storybooks. That's right I found a group of storybooks we've been using to casually "teach" Phoenix math.

Phoenix doesn't really get into math through workbooks. And flash cards? Forget about it. So, I decided to get Math Fables and Math Fables Too. In Math Fables, Tang introduces children to the wonders of grouping numbers. Each "fable" tells a rhyming story in a two- or four-page spread, with each setup more complex than the last. In another story, 10 beavers leave for work, regrouping and reorganizing their numbers all day. A final page offers ideas to help more accelerated learners combine groups of numbers in various ways.

The book was great, but what really blew me away was when Phoenix was eating breakfast the next morning. Phoenix excitedly tells me that 2+3=5 AND 3+3=5. I asked him if he was sure, and he told me yes. He figured it out last night while he was laying in bed that different groups of numbers could add up to the same number. Then, he double-checked on his fingers, and found out that he was wrong. It was 2+3=5 and 4+1 that equaled five.

For learning to be fun Phoenix needs to discover things on his own. He doesn't want to be
taught math, he wants to discover it on his own, and these books are a prefect way to encourage that to happen.

I'm looking forward to trying out even more math books by Greg Tang in the future. 


Another Great Math Author - Stuart J. Murphy I just found another great math author to add to our collection - Stuart J. Murphy. You can find his books on Amazon. Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. We started reading these as well, and I highly recommend them!  ;)

  • Level 1 = Age 3+
  • Level 2 = Age 6+
  • level 3 = Age 7+
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