Stories can help children understand math concepts, Ginet says

Lisa Ginet, assistant director for instruction at Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative, spoke with WBEZ’s Morning Shift host Tony Sarabia about books that provide a context for children to think mathematically. Math–whether by counting, measuring or identifying patterns–can help children make sense of the world, Ginet said.

Ginet recommended The Napping House by Audrey Wood; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle; and various versions of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Ginet said that parents don’t necessarily need to point out math concepts; exposing children to stories with numbers, counting, and patterns is enough to get our littlest learners thinking. For example, “the whole idea of what does it mean to be ‘just right’ [in Goldilocks] is an interesting mathematical question,” Ginet said.

Lisa Ginet

 Lisa Ginet

Ginet spoke to Morning Shift as part of a story on a local high school student who is providing free books to pregnant women to encourage early reading. Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative provides direct professional development services to educators as well as research, publications, conference presentations, and a robust online presence to transform the understanding, teaching, and learning of foundational mathematics. Additional Erikson-recommended books that explore math concepts can be found here.

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