This week's content is provided by Jon Orr, the author of Math Before Bed (and tons of other cool ideas). If you have not yet checked out his book, do it now! From Jon:
The benefits of reading stories to our children at nighttime have been shared countless times over, and for good reason. Reading improves literacy skills. Why is it that we don’t do math with our children before bed?
The book Math Before Bed is a collection of prompts that can inspire mathematical discussions that you and your children can have before bed, at dinner, or anytime.
Each page in this book shows you and your child a perplexing problem. Sometimes there is one right answer and sometimes there are many right answers. The purpose of each question is to generate a discussion about HOW you determined an answer. If you find one answer, try to find another. You could complete one page a night, or many pages.
For example, you turn to this page:
Read the prompt out loud and let your child think. He/she may say 20. Ask them to describe how they counted them. He/she may say:
The pages will prompt you to count, predict, follow a pattern, reason, and order. Get ready, snuggle up, and start the math!
Read more about Math Before Bed and get the new pages over at http://mrorr-isageek.com/math-before-bed/
The book is in print and you can get a copy at cost here http://www.blurb.com/b/7431419-math-before-bed
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on Twitter (@TableTalkMath) or comment below. Maybe you can create some of your own. If so, toss them my way and share!