Last night…he got to MEET… Bedtime Math author, Laura Overdeck! We were both so excited!!
I have been following Bedtime Math since I discovered an article I shared with you on one of my weekend links posts. We subscribed to the daily email math questions that I read to Diego over bath time. When the app was released, I got that too. The actual book was released on Tuesday and I pre-ordered two copies BEFORE I found out that Laura Overdeck happens to be a local mom who would be signing books at Splurge Bakery (um, they’ve done a few of my cakes?!) Yeah, we were going, and Diego was so up for it!
More book signing pics:
ANYWHO…I’ve been obsessed and clearly, I’m still not over it. Here’s why: I love reading, my kids love reading, Jose loves math, Diego loves math and this book merges the two beautifully. Every word problem is engaging and creative, the illustrations are hilarious, and the themes for the word problems are right up kids’ interests. Just yesterday, we read about praying mantis, ketchup and flamingos and did three different levels of word problems for each subject. Oh, just doing math by only using our heads (and our fingers too!). Many of us already read to our kids at night, why not add a little something extra to the bedtime routine? Brilliant. Plus, the book cover glows in the dark. Enough said.
I recently wrote for Mommy Maestra, “Math word problems are more complex than common math problems. Reading and comprehension are required in word problems in addition to basic math skills. Also, in order to solve math word problems, kids must be able to understand the relationship between math equations and simple everyday situations. Diego loves to hear an interesting story right before a problem. It keeps him engaged and it also helps him understand that we use math every single day. Practicing math word problems helps children analyze, use logic, concentrate, listen or read attentively, and dissect a complex piece of information by reading something carefully.”
We’re hooked on Bedtime Math.
Because I’m passionate about this whole concept. I bought a second copy and had it signed by Laura Overdeck for one of you! Enter to win it but PLEASE also share this post with someone else or buy the book as a gift. Kids need this kind of stuff! The book is designed for children 3-8 but I bet there are some adults out there who would scratch their heads at some of these questions (I often do)! So don’t be afraid to get it for slightly older children too. A winner will be selected by random next week. Good luck!