Has your Menlo Park child ever wondered how big is a googol? A googol is a number with 100 zeros. Can you imagine how large that is? I could hardly picture it, but with Can You Count to a Google? by Robert Wells your child will learn to visualize the size of gigantic numbers. Can You Count to a Googol even provides examples of when numbers that large would be appropriate to use. Starting with one and building up to a googol, your child will learn an incredibly large amount about incredibly large numbers! If you begin with one and multiply by ten, you will get ten. And if you keep multiplying by ten the number will grow rather quickly. Before you could believe it, you will have an enormous number that is so huge you can’t even imagine it would be useful for any purpose. But Robert Wells will explain why it’s important in this book. I recommend Can You Count to a Googol to all children who are learning about large numbers and are curious about thousands and millions. If you live in the Bay Area, head over to Keplers in Menlo Park or Books Inc. in Palo Alto to get yourself a copy of Can You Count to a Googol. You won’t regret it!
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Counting quickly and accurately can be a very challenging task for kids just learning math in Silicon Valley. But thankfully, Greg Tang is here to help with another fantastic book! The Grapes of Math is a wonderful book that contains catchy rhymes and colorful images to convey math tips and tricks to your children! We like it so much that we bought a copy at Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park. The Grapes of Math contains phrases that are just as witty as its title. In no time, these easy tricks will have your child in the Silicon Valley count with speed and ease. Greg Tang’s books are some of my absolute favorites and The Grapes of Math is no exception. The Grapes of Math is sure to be a parent and child favorite. I recommend this book to all children in the South Bay Area and Silicon Valley who are learning to count. Whether your child needs extra support or not, this book is bound to help them and lead to higher scores in math. The more practice with counting your child gets, the better off they will be. With this book, your child will love counting. Head over to your local bookstore or library to pick up a copy of The Grapes of Math. You will not be disappointed!
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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.
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Finally, a book that combines two of your child’s favorite things in Menlo Park – pizza and mathematics! Pizza Counting by Christina Dobson is a fun and creative way for your child to learn the basics of counting, addition, multiplication, division, and fractions. As toppings are added to each pizza, your child will learn addition by adding the toppings on the pizza. When the pizza is cut into several different pieces, your child is introduced to division and fractions. This book is more of an exciting set of word problems with pictures than it is an actual story. With fun facts interspersed throughout the book (such as the number of pizzas it would take to circle the Earth at the equator), Pizza Counting will keep your child engaged and excited to learn math. If you are looking for a new way to practice math with your child in Menlo Park, this book is for you. Both you and your child will find this book a refreshing change from the normal pen and paper math problems. I recommend all parents in the Palo Alto and Menlo Park area head over to Books Inc or Keplers to pick up a copy of Pizza Counting.
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Time to brush off the counting cobwebs and review the basic building blocks of math! Counting both forwards and backwards is an important skill to have, and can help strengthen addition, subtraction, and even multiplication skills later on. It isn’t always just as simple as “1, 2, 3, 4…,” the goal is to help your child be able to count from any number, to any number, by any number. Counting is such an important tool that will be used for the rest of your child’s life, which is why here at Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park we encourage counting practice for all ages! To develop your child’s counting skills today, try these easy tips listed below! Best of all, these strategies are useful for any age for anyone who needs a little extra help with the basics of math. Quiz your kid on counting while at the dentist’s office, while waiting at a red light, or–well–anywhere!
Counting Forwards & Backwards
- Start easy by counting by 1s, starting at 0 (0, 1, 2, 3, 4…100), then backwards from 100 (100, 99, 98…). Then try counting forwards and backwards from a random number, such as 24 (24, 25, 26, 27…).
- Count by 2s, starting at 0 (0, 2, 4, 6…), then starting at 1 (1, 3, 5, 7…), then starting at any random number (25, 27,29, 31…). Then try the same counting backwards from a number of your choice!
- Do the same with 5, 10, and 1/2, by counting forwards from 0, 1, and a random number, then backwards from another number of your choosing!
- If your child still isn’t challenged, keep going by counting forwards and backwards by 1/4s, 3/4s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, 11s, 12s, 20s, 25s, 50s, 75s, 100s, and even 150s!
Have fun and happy counting!
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