The first post today is over at Kaye Lynne Booth, and Robbie Cheadle writes about reading and mathematics in her Growing Bookworms series. Without the ability to read, reasoning is hampered and other subjects such as mathematics are impacted.
Reading and mathematics
Those of you who are familiar with the writing of Enid Blyton, may be familiar with her Enchanted Wood series which features the folk of the Faraway Tree. One of the characters in this delightfully imaginative series is Dame Snap, a strict school mistress, who runs a school for naughty pixies and other fairy folk. I loved this series as a child and was quite astonished by the questions Dame Snap poses to the learners in her class. This is an extract from The Enchanted Wood:
“Jo looked at the questions on the board. He read them out to the others, in great astonishment.
“If you take away three three caterpillars from one bush, how many gooseberries will there be left?”
“Add a pint of milk to a peck of peas and say what will be left over.”
“If a train runs at six miles an hour and has to pass under four tunnels, put down what the guard’s mother is likely to have for dinner on Sundays.”
Everybody gazed at the board in despair. Whatever did the questions mean? They seemed to be nonsense.”
Head over to read the rest of Robbie’s post and add your thoughts: Robbie Cheadle Reading and Mathematics at Kaye Lynne Booth
Now for some book recommendations from Teri Polen as part of #Wordless Wednesday. Keep an eye open for Teri’s latest book due out tomorrow and featured here next week…Subject A36 (The Colony Series Book 1)
WWW Wednesday is a meme from Sam at Taking On A World Of Words
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m currently reading Girls With Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young. I had my doubts about the first book in this series – mostly because of the cover – but I was familiar with the author, so I gave it a chance. And it was a 5 star read for me. I just started this sequel yesterday, so I’m hoping it’s just as exciting.
Head over to find out what Teri Thinks of Girls with Razor Hearts and the other two books on her list: What am I reading? Teri Polen
On the subject of book recommendations, here are more but for children this time from Jennie Fitzkee, who always has her eye open for books to read her preschool class. So if you are looking for books for your children or grandchildren then Jennie’s recommendations are gold star.
Children’s Book Trilogy – Highly Recommended
At long last, the third book in this trilogy, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon, was published this week.
The first book is Spoon, published in 2009. I was immediately captivated by the clever story of a spoon who feels that he misses out on everything. Knife gets to spread, and fork goes practically everywhere. Chopsticks are cool and exotic. He’s just a plain old spoon. His mother tells him what his friends say, that he can measure, and dive into a bowl of ice cream head first. He learns to see himself in a whole new way.
This is the perfect book to read to a child who might have some self esteem or self confidence issues. And, doesn’t every child feel that way at times?
The second book, Chopsticks, was written in 2012. Chopsticks have never been apart and are best friends. While learning some fancy new culinary tricks, SNAP! A chopstick breaks his leg. “Chopstick was quickly whisked away” (to the doctor.)
Head over to find out more about Chopsticks and the third book as well as meet illustrator Scott Magoo: Recommended Children’s book trilogy by Jennie Fitzkee
I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It’s the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That’s what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease’s bestselling book, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full. .thanks Sally.