One of the many fascinating aspects of raising children is you get to relive your own childhood.
When Marie get all excited about discovering Judy Blume books or the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary, I am surprised by the rush of warm, fuzzy memories of reading those same books. Some details I can recall so vividly, like the time Ramona’s dad made pancakes for dinner when Ramona’s mom forgot to plug in the crockpot and the beef stew was not cooked. I became so connected to these characters it was as if these things happened in my own life.
When I see Thomas taking his lovey, Baby Jammies, everywhere with him, it reminds my how I used to be so attached to my soft, yellow blankie. I was so attached that when I was in first grade, I used to hide it when my friends would come over so no one knew about it.
I also remember my horrible struggles as they encounter their own battles. I remember in crystal clear detail how much I hated the collaborative learning centers in my second grade teacher’s class; they just did not mesh well with my emerging introvert personality.
I also remember sitting at the kitchen table with tears of frustration streaming down my face as I attempted my math homework. Story problems were the worst! A scenario involving trains going at different speeds to get somewhere at the same time – blah, blah, blah.
I was more interested in who was on the train. Where was it going? Why? What kind of food was on the train?
No mystery why I became an English major.
I shut myself off to math and declared it useless.
Clearly I had yet to use money or try to cut a recipe in half or have the pleasure of visiting Ikea.
Math is everywhere!
I do not want my kids growing up with this convoluted attitude about math that I did, so imagine my excitement when I discovered that Laura Overdeck wrote a new book called Bedtime Math 2 –This Time It’s Personal.
Now that Thomas is five and almost in Kindergarten, I can even do Wee Level with him, which involves simple addition, and working with patterns. He was a tad resistant at first, but the stories about underwear (one of his most favorite topics to discuss) and birthdays (he could talk about birthdays and cake forever) won him over.
Marie loves the stories in the book, and I feel so immensely excited that she is doing math in her head. In her head!!
This newest edition not only has the three levels with each story problem as in the previous book (Wee Ones, Little Kids, Big Kids), but has some really engaging Bonus Questions as well.
I love that both kids can sit down and enjoy this book together even though they are at different levels.
This gives me hope that they won’t struggle with doing math in their head to leave a tip or figuring out the sale price or wondering if that beautiful entertainment center will actually fit on the family room wall.
Do you struggle with math? How do you help your kids feel excited about math?
**Disclaimer – I was given a copy of Bedtime Math 2 – This Time It’s Personal to review. These options (and admission about my math deficiencies) are all my own.