Our Summer Vacation

Dom made a video of our trip to Maine. I think it’s super cute. I just love his little bits where he talks to the camera. And the part where we put up the tent cracks me up. But mostly I love all the bits with the kids.



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  • Pamela Allen wrote Mr Archimedes’ Bath and Who sank the boat? I don’t love the illustrations as much as say, the Anno books, but they are good as part of a range of maths/science picture books.

    Betty and Alan Gilderdale (she wrote, he drew) The little Yellow Digger and its sequels. We used to act them out -inside with diggers and cushions, outside in dirt and sand. Lovely rhythm and satisfying endings. I thought they were really appealing as stories and also great for building physics concepts. Another is The Little Yellow Digger at the Zoo- we made homemade pulleys with kitchen paraphernalia and hoisted toys…

    A book that is not maths but a lovely dreamy meditative natural history one is Imagine by Alison Lester. Our routine was to close our eyes before turning each page…

    I think we did the most practical maths/chemistry learning by cooking together. Our children learned with my recipe books, not children’s ones. My sister who was slow to learn to read at school taught herself at age nine because she was so motivated to bake. Somehow all those fractions are easy when they are a means to an end-chocolate cake!

  • Great list! Bookmarking it for when we’ve settled up with the library.

    I saw that this was discussed on another thread, but I would recommend you look into Miquon math. Very pleased with it for my middle child and wish I’d used it with my oldest. I then switch to Singapore as they get a little older.

  • Here is a list I drew up several years ago of mathematical picture books. I never actually found many of them so can’t make positive recommendations, and some you have already mentioned:
    A Remainder of One (Elinor J. Pinczes)
    One Hundred Hungry Ants (Elinor J. Pinczes)
    Centipede’s 100 Shoes (Tony Ross)
    A Place for Zero (Angeline Sparagna LoPresti)
    From Zero to Ten: the Story of Numbers (Vivien French and Ross Collins)
    How Big is a Million (Anna Milbourne)
    How Much is a Million (David M. Schwarz)
    Math Curse (Jon Scieszka)
    Anno’s Counting Book (Mitsumasa Anno)
    Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar (Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno)
    One Grain of Rice (Demi)
    The King’s Chessboard (David Birch)
    Millions to Measure (David M. Schwarz)
    The Greedy Triangle (Marilyn Burns)
    What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? (Julie Ellis)
    Sir Cumference and the Knights of the First Round Table (Cindy Neuschwander)
    Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland (Cindy Neuschwander)
    Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (Cindy Neuschwander)
    Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter (Cindy Neuschwander)
    Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone (Cindy Neuschwander)

  • The Lion’s Share. Subtitled something like a tale of halving cake and eating it. My just 5-yr-old now has a better understanding of fractions than many adults, after her six-month obsession with it.

  • Thank you for these reviews! My kids really enjoyed “The Dragon’s Scales” about guessing what weighs more. My 4 year old is really into “Curious George Learns to Count From 1 to 100.” They also enjoyed the Sir Cumference books, although the math was beyond them when we read them, I should check them out again. My six year old daughter is suspicious of anything that looks like schoolwork, so we will be reading math books this year instead of getting a curriculum.

  • More Anno:

    Anno’s Math Games:’s+math+games

    There are three volumes of math games; this is the first. All three are worth having and are hard to find at the library. I had to buy my copies, but we’ve used them over and over again. He finds fun, lovely, and simple ways to present various mathematical concepts. We’ve enjoyed them immensely, and the pictures hold even the baby’s attention.