Help Make Learning Math Fun for Your Kids
by Robert G Brown
This Christmas I bought 3 math story books for my son and was surprised by how much he loved them. Math in story form actually makes learning math fun. I enjoyed the books as well and learned a few things myself.
Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
The first story was from the Sir Cumference Series, “Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi” is an awesome dragon story that helps kids understand some basic geometry. It’s a great way to introduce a youngster to solid principles in the math world. It’s geared towards kids between the ages of 8-12, and opens their eyes to numbers with a story rather than the traditional teaching methods.
I didn’t learn any formal geometry until high school. No offense to my teacher, but she was concerned about getting through class, before any of the kids got completely out of control, then teaching geometry. What did you expect when they sold sugar rich Vita Pup’s for school lunch, and the kids had contests to see how many they could drink before their brains totally froze over? Then they were sent off to class. Watch Out!
Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci
The next book we read was “Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci.” This book was really cool because it taught about the mathematics found in nature. I actually learned quite a bit from this book. We were never taught this concept when I was in school, and it opens up our kids eyes to the creative design behind all life.
My son really enjoyed finding some of the the concepts learned in the book outside in the natural world. The book takes a more advanced concept of math and makes it easy to see in the world all around us.
What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?
The last book we read was called, “What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?” This was another well thought out book, that shows kids the importance of angles, and more importantly, Pythogrean Theorem. Young Pythagoras can never get anyone to listen to him, and so he must set out on his own to prove his theories by himself.
It’s a great story with a happy ending.
I purchased the books from Amazon. They were fairly inexpensive, and my son and I had a wonderful time reading them and learning the concepts enclosed within the pages. The Blockhead book even had some simple exercises to perform at the end of the story. I left some links at the bottom if your interested.
If you know of any other great books for kids, please share them with us. Thanks.