Have you seen Amazon’s Holiday Toy Guide for this year? It’s pretty bad. I had to look for several minutes before I found something I would even consider buying for my kids. Most of it is noisy, plastic, electronic, or just plain junk.
I’m not sure who is buying all that garbage when there are gobs of great toys out there that kids actually love. If you need some ideas, I’ve got 4.
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This week’s book is part of a series that is a new favorite of ours all about Math Adventures. I love the clever idea behind Sir Cumference (get it…Circumference??? As in the “the enclosing boundary of a curved geometric figure, especially a circle?” Ha!)
There are 8 books in the series and they cover a range of basic mathematical principles in a very non-math kind of way. They’re just stories!
My kids definitely don’t get the word plays right now and I’m so looking forward to the day when we start geometry and I see the lightbulb go off. “Wait a minute…Circumference? Sir Cumference?” They’re going to love it. And they’re learning these tough mathematical principles and words without even knowing it.
All the King’s Tens is about Lady Di of Ameter throwing a birthday party for her husband Sir Cumference. They plan a huge celebration and tons of people come but they need to know exactly how many to have enough seats and food for everyone.
After trying several things, they decide the best way to count everyone is to put everyone in groups of 10s, then put the groups of 10s into groups of 100s, the groups of 100s into groups of 1000s until they figure out they have 9,999 guests.
That Sir Cumference is a popular guy!
It’s a fun story to start talking about place value and grouping. It’s learning through stories at its best, our very favorite way to learn.
Have you read any of the Sir Cumference stories? Which one is your favorite???