Math can be a difficult subject for some children to learn, but with the right books, it can be a fun and rewarding experience. Here are six of the best children’s books about math.
Whether your child is just starting out in math or is looking to further their skills, there is sure to be a book on this list that will interest them. So put away the flashcards and problem solving sheets, and pick up one of these great reads instead!
What Montessori Says about Math
Montessori emphasized that the child is naturally drawn to precision, organizing, comparing, and creating order out of disorder, to classify and quantify patterns and relationships.
We are born with a drive to calculate and reason within our environments. With guidance, the capacity to think in this way flourishes and develops over the years.
So, exposing a child to math ideas is helpful to the development of more complex math concepts. Without this exposure, a child’s brain won’t be as ripe for more advanced critical thinking.
“The focus is not on the answer – it’s on how your child gets the answer. This is contrary to the usual way we operate in the adult world, where results are the primary goal to be reached.” ~ Michael Duffy, Math Works
Children’s Books about Math
Montessori believed that early math prepares a child for logical and critical thinking, not for memorizing math facts. Math in a young child’s life deals with shapes, patterns, and spatial relationships he experiences within his environment.
Current brain research tells us that learning patterns begin in utero with light and dark, day and night, tones and patterns of voices of people, music, and objects in the environment, and being still and being active. Children are drawn to order.
Thus, routines are critical for a child’s development. Routines give children an entrée into logical thinking.
3 things I have learned in my Montessori math training
- Young children are fully capable of learning math
- The focus is on the process, not answers.
- When young children learn math it isn’t about memorization instead, it is about training the brain the think mathematically and problem solve.
I am excited to share many ideas I have learned throughout the week. First, I learned how many wonderful math-related books exist within children’s literature. These books aren’t just about counting but, even better, these books are about problem-solving.
Children’s books about math can be fun and inviting to children, introducing math ideas in a playful, imaginative way.
What are your favorite children’s books about math?