Eratosthenes

October 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm (Education) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Measured-EarthTitle: The Librarian Who Measured The Earth

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Illustrations: Kevin Hawkes

I stumbled on this book by complete accident.  Most my homeschooling tools I seek out or find while searching the non-fiction section with a thought in mind.  This book I merely acquired and had no idea it was going to be added to our core curriculum.

Although I love the Sir Cumference books, I often wondered how I would properly include those books into a classical education for my child when studying the circumference belongs in the times of Ancient Greece.  Now I have my solution.  Sir Cumference will be fun re-iteration of facts learned.  Where The Librarian Who Measured will definitely be a part of our first years of school.

EratosthenesI’m sure I learned about this guy at some point in school, but it didn’t sink in.  His name didn’t even sound vaguely familiar when I started reading this story to kiddo before bed last night.  But as I read, my mind raced to the day we will sit and discuss Eratothenes in context.  We will talk about Ancient Greece and the ancient libraries.  We will discuss oranges and circumferences.  We will talk about the planet and maps of the world.  We will study things in a manner in which she will remember it – as opposed to a passing one liner in a text book.  This book made me happy for days of school in our future.

 

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Weekly Low Down on Kids Books – Math Adventures

January 12, 2013 at 4:10 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

sircumference1Title: Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Author: Cindy Neuschwander

Illustrator: Wayne Geehan

I think everyone who has talked to me for longer than a minute and a half about children’s books knows how much I adore Brian P. Cleary and his books on grammar and math, but I have yet to thoroughly discuss other educational picture books.  Mainly, because even though I collect them, kiddo hasn’t quite grown up enough for us to attempt them with purpose.  Today, however, we took the bull by the horns and branched out.

So a two year old who still stumbles through her ABC song, can only manage some really intense stripes when writing, and can only identify circles and triangles isn’t really ready for a book about circumferences, diameters, the concept of a radius, parallelograms, diamonds, and all that, but that’s when it is perfect to start reading these stories.  By the time she needs the information, I want the stories thoroughly engrained in her mind.

Sir Cumference is a knight, married to Lady Di of Ameter, father of a short-stack son named Radius.  With their help, King Arthur is able to come up with a plan to keep his knights on their best behavior as they discuss the well-being of Camelot.  Add to the cast of characters a carpenter named Geo of Metry, the books instill all the basic concepts of geometry in the disguise of some exciting fake King Arthur folklore.  Start reading the books to your kid from birth through early elementary school and you’ve got one math savvy child without even trying.  As a home school mom with a serious distaste for math, I want my kid to enjoy it and make her life a lot easier than mine was by the time her high school curriculum comes along.

For slightly older kids, I’d say ages 5-10, the book easily lends itself to hands on activities.  Paper projects, baking projects, even wood working if you were bold and wanted to make an actual play table, the story takes you step by step through cutting a rectangle down into all the various shapes.  And, of course, it’s a series.  Click the Sir Cumference link to purchase from Amazon. Click the collection image to go to another blogger’s reviews.

Other Sir Cumference titles include:

sircumcollectionSir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens

Sir Cumference and the Viking’s Map

Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone

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