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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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In Pigs go to Market, Amy Axelord incorporates math into a fun Halloween-themed story. When Grandma and Grandpa Pig eat all of the Halloween candy, Mr. and Mrs. Pig and their piglets are forced to take a trip to the supermarket to purchase more candy for their guests. Much to their surprise, Mrs. Pig wins a free five-minute shopping spree. On the car ride home, the pigs and their piglets decide to open up the boxes of candy to celebrate their good fortune. In a brief period of time, they manage to scarf down all of the Halloween candy they just got at the store. Given the price per pound, quantity, and weight of the candy, the child is directed to calculate how much candy the pigs ate and how much it would have costed them to buy those items had she not won the free shopping trip in Palo Alto. The Pigs make going to the market an adventure and this story will leave your child eager to go to the Palo Alto stores with you so they can weigh out items and calculate the cost! Pigs go to Market is a fantastic way for your child to practice these skills and build on their math knowledge. Head over to Books Inc in Palo Alto to pick up this wonderful story.
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