Books, Education, Kids

Book Launch: Bedtime Math and GIVEAWAY!

June 27, 2013

Bedtime-Math
Diego is getting really friendly with amazing authors! Last week he received bookmarks in the mail from Corey Rosen Schwartz after she saw THIS post (gah!!). And remember this???

Last night…he got to MEET… Bedtime Math author, Laura Overdeck! We were both so excited!!
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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?!) Β Yeah, we were going, and Diego was so up for it!

More book signing pics:

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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 bookΒ 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. Β A winner will be selected by random next week. Good luck!

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12 Comments

  • Reply Monica June 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Math is fun. We use math every day and don’t even realize it. And science (which is totally awesome) is simply the application of math in a super fun way!
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  • Reply Jen June 27, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Hi, thanks for spreading the word about this book title – I was not aware of it nor the web site/app/etc. Will check it out!

  • Reply ece June 27, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Looks like a great book. Our library is definitely in need of math books. I can’t wait to see and share it!

  • Reply Jodi Monroy June 28, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Finding ways to show application of math concepts in a way that is fun and exciting is the challenge, but when you achieve that for your kids there is hardly a more rewarding moment!

  • Reply Laura S. June 28, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I LOVE Bedtime Math, don’t remember how I stumbled on it but yes, such an important area for kids (and adults). I’ve been doing Bedtime Math with my son but now need to involve my daughter as well and this book looks like a great way to do just that!

  • Reply Terra June 28, 2013 at 8:49 am

    That math is useful and fun. Kids can see both when doing the nightly problems.

  • Reply Bea Lianos June 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

    What to tell Ulysses about math? That even soccer players use math! But luckily, I don’t need to convince him, he already thinks it’s fun!

  • Reply Mars June 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    That we use math everyday and make calculations without even consciously thinking about it. Math is central to understanding how the world works.

  • Reply Jenny June 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I have never heard of this but it is awesome. Going to share with my nieves for their daughters. Ty for the info.

  • Reply Mihaela D. July 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    That even soccer players use math

  • Reply Tracy Allen July 3, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Math is everywhere and really it’s just a puzzle you can solve so it can be fun!

  • Reply Laurie Emerson July 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    We can tell them that Math is a fun as all the numbers mean something to their lives, like how old they are and when there birthday is . When you break it down into little things they can understand then it becomes a fun game for them.

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