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Book Review: Bedtime Math–A Fun Excuse to Stay up Late Review

Book Review: Bedtime Math–A Fun Excuse to Stay up Late Review

bedtimemathfunexcusetostayuplateFresh off her 5th birthday, my oldest daughter has continued to be very interested in books at bedtime. She has also been showing an increasing interest in numbers:  counting anything and everything, flash cards, and number apps on her Kindle Fire. Of course, I find this budding interest in math delightful, and while I don’t want to smother it, I have kept my ears pricked for ways to encourage her further.

One Christmas gift that has gone over in a big way with her is Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late. I recommended this book in a recent math gifts post, but now that I’ve had the chance to spend some time seeing a child interact with the problems in the book, I feel like it deserves its own review.

This volume of Bedtime Math, currently one of three, features a common format throughout. Open up to any random page and on the left side, you’ll find a combination of vignette, story, or fun fact about a topic of interest to kids (spaceflight, etc). On the right side, you’ll find a brief math problem related to the topic at hand. There are three levels of problems depending on your child’s age (“Wee Ones”, “Little Kids”, “Big Kids”).

bedtimemath_readerFor my daughter, there is still plenty of challenge in the Wee Ones problems. The fact is that I am thrilled to see her introduced to addition and subtraction in context that she finds positive and engaging. There is still plenty of finger counting going on as she works these problems, but I can see her starting to make important connections about how numbers work (“Daddy, it says to 10, but I’m out of fingers, so you hold up 5 fingers and I’ll hold up 5”).

In Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late, author Laura Overdeck has created a book that works as both a fantastic story book, and a terrific math book. The pictures and vignettes are entertaining, for sure, but it is the variety in the math problems that make it work for the educator in me. There is such a temptation when working with kids to oversimplify problems and make the repetitive. Overdeck does none of that. The Wee Ones problems, which I know the best, include not just 2 but 3 number addition and subtraction. They occasionally require a sum larger than 10, obviously important if you are solving by counting on fingers. There’s even a couple of problems where one of the numbers required to solve is not given, but must be inferred from the wording of the problem.  I love that.

Bottom Line Bedtime Math Review

I don’t know a higher complement I can pay Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late that to say it is my daughter’s favorite book.  She has requested it every night for 3 months straight, and I don’t see that trend letting up for a while. A couple of weeks ago, she pulled it off the shelf, and I said, “Great! Let’s read a few stories from your book.” She replied, “No, Daddy. It’s a math book. Let’s do a few math problems from my book.” It was a good reminder that at her young age, she has none of the mathematical baggage I often encountered with my high school students in a classroom setting. For parents of young children, I’d encourage you to start building positive associations with math early. Bedtime Math is a great was to start building those positive math vibes.

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Second Editions of TI-Nspire Tutorials

Second Editions of TI-Nspire Tutorials

With my long silence here on Tech Powered Math, I’ve hardly mentioned the fact that there have been two upgrades to the TI-Nspire operating system, OS 3.6 and OS 3.9. These upgrades have been incremental, not earth shattering, but they have pleasantly changed some aesthetics throughout the TI-Nspire environment. There have also been some minor… Continue Reading

Thanks on the Book Launch

I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who helped me promote the book launch. I was thrilled to see TI-84 Plus Tutorials in the top 10 on Amazon’s computers and technology list throughout the weekend. It is so exciting for an self publisher like me to be able to continue doing this.… Continue Reading

New Book: TI-84 Plus Tutorials

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(ENDED) TI-Nspire CX Contest Giveaway

(ENDED) TI-Nspire CX Contest Giveaway

Enter the TI-Nspire CX contest giveaway by clicking here. The contest has ended, and the winner was Erica Carnes of Ellicott City, MD. Congrats, Erica, and thanks to all who entered. Please continue to follow Tech Powered Math on Facebook to learn about future contests.   The last month has been exciting for me as… Continue Reading

Flexbooks: Free Digital Textbooks

With all of the buzz about iBooks vs. Amazon’s digital books, you may have missed the latest on Flexbooks. Flexbooks are free digital textbooks from CK-12, a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to bringing the ideals of the open source movement to education. Essentially, anyone can customize and download a Flexbook on a variety of topics.… Continue Reading