Math Does Not Need to Be Boring

August 22, 2006

Asalaam ‘Alaikum:

We have been working on our math skills lately. We are currently using Saxon Math for Kindergarten. My daughter really loves it because it deals a lot with manipulatives – she thinks she is just having fun – so I can’t complain.

Recently I went to the library and found some interesting books on math. There really is more available than I’m sure most of us realize. They have reading books that teach math concepts and are fun. One author I found really interesting was Greg Tang. He has a handful of math books published.

We recently loaned from the library “Math-terpieces” which, using pictures, helps your child develop problem solving skills and practicing adding. I’ve decided we are not ready yet for this book – after looking it over – but will be requesting to loan “Math for All Seasons” instead by Greg Tang. This book is supposed to help your child transition from counting to arithmetic. I haven’t seen it yet, but if it is as fun looking as the previous book – we should have a great time, insha’Allah.

He has books for older children (7-10 age range) that deal with multiplying that also sound great. Just thought I’d share a gem that I found while browsing the library – I really think these can be added to your homeschool to make these topics less overwhelming and more fun.

By the way – one reason I really liked these is because you can do the same thing with your own pictures. This way, if you try to stay away from pictures of inanimate objects – this could easily be an option. It looks like you could easily make these type of puzzles and learning materials on your own.

Asalaam ‘Alaikum,

Sumayyah Umm SAA

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  1. Asma on August 23, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    Math for all seasons is good. They learn to add the same number different ways. But I liked it much better than Math-apieces.

  2. educatingthemuslimchild on August 23, 2006 at 5:30 pm

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum:

    Thanks for the information. Masha’Allah I went to the resale shop after writing that post and found “Math for all Season” on their shelf. I did buy it but haven’t had a chance to look at it yet. I’m hoping my daughter will like it as well, insha’Allah.

    Asalaam’ Alaikum,
    Sumayyah Umm Sadiqah wa Asma

  3. Asma on September 9, 2006 at 10:00 am

    I just went to check out a Greg Tang book and realized the one I liked was Math Fables. I think its more appropriate for younger children and its the one where you learn the various ways to add numbers.

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