Monday, July 1, 2013

Math Breaks: Book Alternatives to Traditional Math Texts

There are multitudes of math books out there. Most homeschoolers have heard of Saxon, Bob Jones, Horizons, Life of Fred and the list goes on and on. These are all great math programs, but what do you do when your child is tired of the structured plug-away-at-it approach to math. Take a math break, that's what.

Folks do this all kinds of different ways, but I can only speak about what we've done in this department, so here goes.

First, we use books. Textbooks they're not, but good math they are (in my best Yoda voice). You won't use these for weeks at a time, so the library is a great resource for a math break. Here are some jewels from our shelves...

  • The Best of Times: Math Strategies That Multiply by Greg Tang 
  • Math Appeal: Mind Stretching Math Riddles by Greg Tang
  • Great Estimations by Bruce Goldstone
  • What Time is It? A Book of Math Riddles (Math Reader) by Sheila Keenan
  • Mission Addition by Loreen Leedy
  • One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes
  • If You Made a Million by David M. Schwartz
  • How Much is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
  • Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
  • Math Man by Teri Daniels
  • Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi: A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander

 Of course, who can resist math with candy? Here are some of our favorites...

  • The Hershey's Kisses Subtraction Book
  • The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Fractions Book
  • The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Multiplication Book
  • The M & M's Addition Book
  • The M & M's Counting Book

Be sure to check out my next post for non-book math breaks. Nothing but fun, I tell ya.
Until then, which books does your family like to read for a math break?

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