Bedtime MATH stories?
Check this out – bedtimemath.org
As a math teacher, I was psyched when the Harvard Ed News published a story about summer math loss, and how kids lose more math than reading during vacation. Among the resources that they listed was something I thought was brilliant. Bedtime math stories.
Each day at bedtimemath.org, a photo and corresponding story are posted. There are three, sometimes four, levels of questions, from preschool to, oh, any of us grownups. The idea is that parents read the stories with their kids, then talk about the answers. Parents can get the questions on the site, have them emailed. or use an app that gives users the daily questions.
Teachers can use the site to encourage parents to do the stories at night, but the creators ask that the stories never be assigned for homework. This is about fun family time.
Who is the audience? Kids, sure, but also math-phobic parents. Apparently, reading these stories together can help to create a more math-friendly environment in the home, which helps kids. Here’s a page with research, including an NPR story.