Shapes in Math in Palo Alto

Learning Shapes in Palo Alto

When a Line Bends…A Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene will introduce many different shapes to your Palo Alto children. The story teaches children in Palo Alto what characteristics define each shape using a fun rhyming pattern that will keep your child interested in learning. This knowledge will be useful to children in the Palo Alto schools and will help in their early education. The incredible images and graphics will grab your child’s attention and help them remember what each shape looks like. When a Line Bends…A Shape Begins provides practical examples of items that are each shape and that children can relate to. The shapes introduced in this book are lines, circles, squares, triangles, diamonds, ovals, stars, hearts, crescents, and octagons. This book is great to reread time and time again until your child can recall and identify each shape. I highly recommend purchasing this book at Books in Palo Alto or Keplers in Menlo Park. This story is ideal for children in Palo Alto who are learning to identify shapes and their defining characteristics.

palo alto

Image from

For more math books and help with shapes, go to the website for Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park:

Subtraction Practice in Menlo Park

Elevator Magic by Steven J. Murphy is a practical way to practice mathematics right here in Menlo Park with your child. If you need an easy way to incorporate subtraction practice with your child into your daily life, this is the book for you! Each place the kid and mom go in the elevator, the mom tells the child its is a certain number of floors down from their current location. You can practice similar exercises and concepts with your child. For example instead of telling your child which floor you need to arrive at, give them a math question and make them answer. Such as, “we need to go to 2 floors below the 7th floor” and you can check that your child pushes the elevator button for floor 5. As always, there are questions and practice activities for you to do with your child at the back of the book. The methods of testing your child on subtraction proposed in this book are ideal for children who struggle with subtraction or simply need extra practice to keep up in their Menlo Park school. I recommend Elevator Magic to parents in the Palo Alto and Menlo Park area who wish to practice subtraction with their children in an easy and manageable manner.

Image from

For more math book reccommendations, check out Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park’s website:

Girls Math Book (at Menlo Park bookstores!)

The Math Book for Girls and Other Beings Who Count is a fantastic and incredibly fun way for your daughter to practice hands-on math! Despite my initial opposition to the title of the book, I was pleasantly surprised by both the quality and creativity of the book’s content. The Math Book for Girls and Other Beings Who Count provides incredibly fun math activities that any child will be eager to do. Not only will this book teach your daughter mathematics, but also it will keep her busy, entertained, and learning math at home in Menlo Park. Through performing the activities in the book, your daughter will discover some of the practical applications for math. The activities will have your daughter measuring herself and common household items. She is sure to like the hands-on approach that this book takes! Who knows, after learning about math in a way that appeals to her she may feel inspired to pursue a career in math?! Math is quite a popular interest of those who reside in the Menlo Park and Silicon Valley area. The glossary, answers, and help in the back of the book will allow your daughter to look up any questions she may have about the book. I recommend this book to all girls in Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

Image from

Probability Math Problems in San Carlos

Practicing Probability in Palo Alto

Probably Pistachio by Stuart J. Murphy is a humorous story of Jack’s rather unlucky day. As Jack takes you through his series of unfortunate occurrences on an atypical  Monday in a city like San Carlos, you will begin to wonder what are the chances of that occurring? This is where probability will come in to play and answer that question. What is even better than the laughs this story will give you is the fact that the story will teach your child probability right here in San Carlos!

While the primary focus of Probably Pistachio is probability, it also incorporates other mathematical concepts that will be useful to children in San Carlos schools. At the end of the story, there are follow up questions related to probability based on the reading. There are several tips and activities in the back of the book on ways in which parents can incorporate concepts of probability into a child’s daily life in San Carlos. Additionally, there are suggestions for other books that review some of the same concepts as Probably Pistachio. If your child is ready to learn probability, head over to Books Inc. in Palo Alto or Barnes and Noble in Redwood City and purchase a copy of Probably Pistachio. For more math help near San Carlos, visit Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Image from

Learning to Count in Menlo Park

Counting in Menlo Park with the Help of Books

Leaping Lizards by Stuart Murphy is an excellent way to teach your child how to count by fives and tens without even leaving Menlo Park. With a cute rhyming pattern that will keep your child interested and ready to learn, this quick read will have your child counting in no time. The visuals and images in the story are extremely useful and will help your child visualize the numbers they are counting. Counting by fives and tens is a necessary skill for counting money, telling time, succeeding in school, and solving math problems in a timely fashion in Menlo Park schools. At the end of the story, there are three activities that you can do with your child that will build upon the concepts introduced in Leaping Lizards. Practicing these concepts will help your child solidify their newly acquire counting knowledge and store it in their memory. Repeated practice using Leaping Lizards is bound to help your child succeed in school. Plus, who doesn’t love lizards?! I recommend this book to all children learning to count in the Palo Alto and Menlo Park area. For more counting help, check out Mathnasium of Palo Alto- Menlo Park.

Image from


For more information and problems about math and book recommendations, check out Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium’s website.

Bedtime Math in Palo Alto

Bedtime Math 2 by Laura Overdeck is by far my favorite children’s math book, especially for kids in Palo Alto! If you only buy one math book, this is the one to get! Despite the title of the book, you can practice the math in this book any time of day! The interesting questions posed in the book with get your child excited about math and ready to solve as many of the problems in this book as they have time for. There are several questions on the page with the answers at the bottom of the page so you can check your children’s answers. The book is broken up into exciting chapters where all of the questions in the chapter fit the chapters’ topic. For example, there is a chapter called ‘What’s in you?’ that asks questions related to the human body. At the end of the book, there is a brief overview of the mathematical concepts covered in each set of questions. These overviews are broken up into age groups making this book suitable for children of most ages. Your child will be ecstatic to open this book and go through the questions. Who knows, this book could easily become your child’s favorite bedtime story! Head over to the Palo Alto Public Library or Keplers book store in Menlo Park to pick up this fantastic math book.


Image from

For more problems and information about math in and book recommendations, check out Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium’s website.

Probability Word Problems in Atherton

In another wonderful book in the Pigs Will Be Pigs math series, Pigs at Odds by Amy Axelrod helps children in Atherton and the rest of the Bay Area to learn basic probability. When the Pig family goes to the county fair, there are many fun and exciting games to play. With the chance of winning prizes in certain games, probability principles are at play. When the pigs decide to play spin the wheel, odds otherwise known as a probability problem is particularly apparent. Mr. Pig spins the wheel several times, but he still does not spin and land on a whinning space. In this scenario, the probability of landing on a winning space is likely poor due to his experience. To be certain, Axelrod provides questions at the end of the story for your child to answer this question based on the information provided in the story. There is also a useful definition and example explaining what probability is and when it should be used. The Pigs series does not fail to disappoint and Axelrod delivers another helpful and interesting pig math story. I recommend Pigs at Odds to all young children in the Menlo Park and Atherton area who are beginning to learn the basics of probability.

Image from

Math Rhymes in Menlo Park

Math Appeal by Greg Tang, the same author as the New York Times bestseller, is a book of rhyming poems that pose math questions and provide tips and tricks for finding the answer. Math Appeal is bound to be a child’s favorite book to read and reread. It is very beneficial for your Menlo Park child to read since all of the problems are part of Menlo Park’s curriculum. It is a fun read with catchy phrases that will help your child solve math problems, particularly addition, subtraction and multiplication, faster and with higher accuracy. If your child enjoyed Math Potatoes (a review of Math Potatoes is up on the blog) they will definitely love Math Appeal as these two books are incredibly similar in the sense that they are books of math rhymes and tricks. At the back of Math Appeal, there is a section containing the answers to each question with an explanation to help your child understand the problem-solving process. I recommend Math Appeal to the children I tutor at the Mathnasium center. This book is a must read for all young children in the Palo Alto and Menlo Park school districts.

Image from

Amusement Park Math Problems in the Silicon Valley

A great book to get at a library in the Silicon Valley is Safari Park by Stuart Murphy is a story almost any child can relate to. When Grandpa gets 100 tickets to an amusement park, he divides them evenly amongst his five grandchildren. The children can choose to spend the tickets as they please. With each ride costing a different number of tickets, the children have to decide which rides they want to go on and how to best spend their tickets. Your child can follow along with the children in the story and figure out if there are enough tickets to go on all of the rides they want. The author suggests giving your child twenty pieces of paper to act as tickets so they are able to follow along with the story. By actively reading Safari Park to your child, you will help them learn how to find an unknown in an equation and manage tickets/money appropriately in order to purchase all of the items they desire. Safari Park will teach your child practical math skills and is a recommended for young children in the Silicon Valley before they head to Great America in San Jose.

Image from