Picture books can be a visual and fun way to introduce math concepts. I think it makes math less intimidating when it’s part of a story. For those kids who love math, it’s another way to eat it up!
As I look back on the year and think about all the books my kids and I read together, it brings back warm, fuzzy memories of snuggling, laughing, and just enjoying a shared experience that loving the same book brings. So I asked my kids to each give me their three favorite books from last year and then I added a few more of my own, though I have to say that I loved their picks as much as they did. I hope you enjoy these books, should you need book recs, as much as we did!
Even if you are not buying picture books, please read them to your children! Get them from the school library, the public library, a yard sale or do book trades with mom friends. Picture books are for any age; they are a complete story with a beginning, middle and end. The illustrations help to tell the story and picture books often have rich and vivid language making it a more interesting experience than some repetitive, mindless easy chapter books (Rainbow Fairies come to mind here but you fill in the blank with your pet peeve series).
My five-year-old can’t even do half of the math in this picture book but he’s enjoyed this book so much that we’ve read it every night for a week and he insisted that I blog on it.