How to Inspire a Love for Math in Your Kids

Hello from Kris, Matt’s wife.  Although Matt is the one teaching our kids essential engineering skills, I’m the full-time teacher for everything else. Including math, which sets the foundation he’s building on.

Our kids use Singapore Math until 3rd grade, then we pick up with Saxon 5/4.  I’m proud of the understanding and skills the kids have gained using these books.  But they don’t exactly inspire a love for math.

So another book we’ve recently added to our school day (and loved) is Mathematicians Are People Too by Luetta Reimer. There are two volumes with this title, each with 15 short stories about famous mathematicians.Mathematicians are People Too Image 1

While each story does cover a mathematical concept, it is much more about building an excitement and interest in math and those who made major mathematical discoveries.

We’re using Volume 1 as a read-aloud during our morning time, but my oldest daughter (12) would much rather take the book upstairs and keep reading where we left off. This volume includes stories from the lives of Thales, Pythagoras, Galileo, Pascal, and others. And since March is Women’s History Month, we will be reading Hypatia’s story.
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Other Books We Love:

Math:

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (A Math Adventure)

Life of Fred Elementary Series

Star Wars Math Workbooks (just for fun!)

Science

Usborne First Encyclopedia of Science (Internet-Linked)  (for young elementary students)

Exploring the World of Physics: From Simple Machines to Nuclear Energy (Exploring Series) (Exploring (New Leaf Press))Really, anything by John Hudson Tiner

Janice VanCleave’s Engineering for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun (Science for Every Kid Series)

We also added a Pinterest board for our favorite engineering books for kids. Follow us here.

What books are your kids loving? Have any recommendations for us?

 

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