"I hate math!!!" Have you ever heard this from one of your children? Perhaps it was you yourself who you heard screeching in frustration. We want to introduce you to a new idea -- Math Appreciation. Yes, really, "appreciation".
If you signed your child up for piano lessons, would you sit her down to learn piano without first ever hearing beautiful music? Would you give your child a canvas and oil paints without first viewing beautiful art? We are suggesting you do the same for math.
Before introducing your child to complicated math lessons, build an appreciation. One way to do this is through living literature. Yes, there is a thing such as math lit -- real books as opposed to textbooks. We are not saying textbooks are not important. They do have their place. However, it's vitally important that they be approached with a love of learning if they are to have significant success.
Below is a math reading list from Homeschool Connections math instructor Jean Hoeft, MA. These are Jean's favorites. If this list whets your appetite, scroll to the end for other math lit resources. Trust us, give it a try. You may just end up saying, "I love math!!!"
Mrs. Hoeft's Top-20 List: Math Lit for All Ages
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
Grapes Of Math by Greg Tang
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky
2 X 2 = Boo!: A Set ofSpooky Multiplication Stories by Loreen Leedy
Fantasia Mathematica edited by Clifton Fadiman
Flatland:A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
A Gebra Named Al: A Novel by Wendy Isdell
TheMan Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan
TheNumber Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
ThePhantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Sphereland: A Fantasy About Curved Spaces and an Expanding Universe by Dionys Burger
SurrealNumbers: How Two Ex-Students Turned on to Pure Mathematics and Found TotalHappiness: A Mathematical Novelette by Donald Knuth
The Book of Numbers by John Horton Conway and Richard K. Guy
One Two Three...Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science by George Gamow
Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics by Robert Gilmore
The Cartoon Guide to Physics by Larry Gonick
Powers of Ten: About the Relative Sizes of Things in the Universe by Philip & Phylis Morrison
More math lit lists for you ...
For the Love of Literature: Teaching Core Subjects through Literature by Maureen Wittmann
Bonus: A Great Math YouTube Channel (Fun!)
Numberphile: You'll see numbers a little differently after taking advantage of these videos. As always, with anything online, preview first.