Learning Activities: Greatest Number

There’s strategy in numbers! Challenge your first grader for the best score in this math game. Players take turns examining the cards and picking up the ones with largest value. Add up your cards to see who’s won! This game is a great way to improve critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in math. Your children will use their knowledge of numeric value and combine it with strategy in order to win the game. Practice makes perfect, and this is definitely a game you’ll be wanting to play again and again! What You Need: Deck of playing cards (with face cards removed) Paper Pencil What You Do: Shuffle the deck. Arrange the cards face up in a 6 x 6 grid. Discard the remaining 4 cards. The first player picks up the highest possible card she can find. The second player then picks up the highest possible card that he can find. Continue. . .

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Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds by Ann McCallum {Review}

  We are still in the earliest years of math education in our homeschool and I want to make sure that math remains a favored subject and not a dreaded one. Thus when I heard about Ann McCallum’s Eat Your Math Homework I was intrigued and excited about the possibility of adding such a book to our homeschool set up. We are enjoying living books with a math theme and I think an activity book for math will definitely excite my little people. Especially a recipe book will make my six-year-old second grader excited as she is just starting to really be able to help out in the kitchen. For the purposes of this review I received an autographed paperback copy of the book. It is my understanding that Ann McCallum Books ~ (http://AnnMcCallumBooks.com/) doesn’t just stop with math, but also has Eat Your _____ Homework books for History and Science as. . .

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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems

Is this poetry? Math? A brainteaser? Yes! It’s all that and more. The poet J. Patrick Lewishas reimagined classic poems—such as Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and LangstonHughes’s “April Rain Song”—and added a dash of math. Between the silly parodiesand the wonderfully wacky art, kids will have so much fun figuring out the puzzles,they won’t guess they’re learning! Answers appear unobtrusively on each page, andengaging information about the original poets is included. Math games and concepts,poetry and poet biographies—it’s all so cleverly put together. This funny book is atreat for fans of words and numbers alike.

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Pastry School in Paris by Cindy Neuschwander {Review}

The Zills family is off to Paris to see the sights and take a class at the International Pastry Academy! In class, Matt and Bibi have to measure liquids to make lollipops. It’s hard work, but knowing about different liquid measurements comes in handy when the Inspector General pays a visit while everyone else is out. The twins want to help. Will their knack for baking the best-ever brownies and their knowledge of capacity be enough to save the day?

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Mummy Math by Cindy Neuschwander {Review}

The Zills family is summoned to Egypt to help find the hidden burial chamber of an ancient pharaoh. But when Matt and Bibi get trapped in the pharaoh’s pyramid, they stumble upon an even bigger mystery. With only each other, their dog Riley, and the geometric hieroglyphics on the walls to help them, the twins must use their math skills to locate the burial chamber—and the way out. Luckily, Matt and Bibi know their stuff when it comes to geometric solids, and so will the readers of this adventure in math!

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