Teaching kids to love reading is super important but it’s not the only thing kids should love to learn about. Math is usually the least favorite subject of most students which is super unfortunate. This dislike is often formed when a child enters school but a positive relationship can be created earlier with good books and a better attitude.
Numbers are often feared and ignored because we don’t understand how they work. Instead of introducing complicated rules quickly and aggressively, numbers should be integrated as something that is necessary and helpful. Today I’m recommending a few books that will help your child create a good relationship with numbers – before they realize math is “supposed” to be hard.
A Second is a Hiccup by Hazel Hutchins
This book is the perfect introduction about time and how it passes. The story progresses from how a second is a hiccup to 60 hiccups in an hour all the way to 12 months in a year. It ends with, “you will be loved – as surely as a second is a hiccup.” So it’s not only educational but adorable. This book can be introduced as early as you’d like. It’s easy to understand and introduces the concept of time in a fun way.
The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang
This book is full of fun math riddles. It can easily be read without tackling the abstract concepts before kids are ready to really discuss numbers. Even though the concepts are a little advanced it can be read to younger children as a great introduction to numbers. With an older child (5-7) the concepts can be learned independently or an adult can help with understanding the riddles. All the answers are in the back of the book which is very helpful.
Lift the Flap Times-Tables
This Usborne book is a little more advanced than the others I’ve recommended. It’s a good book for kindergartners to have access to but most kids won’t really begin to explore and understand until 1st or 2nd grade. This is a fun book for kids to play with and helps them independently explore numbers.
Introducing number and math books early and often can build a good foundation for kids to build on. Creating a good relationship with math is important for every kid. It’s a shame that most people don’t understand that math can be fun, entertaining, and creative. Instead most people think math is something to learn and forget as quickly as possible. Hopefully these books help you create a good relationship between your child and math.
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