Tackle Math with The Real Princess | A Children's Book from Barefoot Books

Math is often a scary monster for kids — difficult and hard to understand, yet crucial in early childhood.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) agree that an accessible and engaging mathematics education in early childhood is a vital foundation for future mathematical understanding and learning in general.

A lack of confidence and an unwillingness to participate can develop if your child does not become comfortable with math at an early age. This can lead to them believing that they are “bad at math” and thrust them into a self-fulfilling cycle of failure. Research shows that:

  • The brain is most receptive to learning math and logic between the ages of 1 and 4.
  • Success in early math skills also predicts later reading achievement.
  • The most critical brain development occurs in the first few years of life — it is important to capitalize on these early stages to help develop children’s learning abilities.
  • Exploration and curiosity are the foundations of math, science and early learning.

As parents, how can you help engage your child in math while creating an exciting and memorable experience?

An important aspect is compounding fun reading with “hidden” math learning — your child will be having so much fun, they won’t even realize they are learning math! On average, children who are participating in hands-on activities establish a deeper understanding of the concepts and return more readily for future engagement. Tangible representations of numbers and patterns give your child something easy and fun to remember while simultaneously increasing comprehension.

Tackle Math with The Real Princess | A Children's Book from Barefoot BooksA colorful and fantastical twist on The Princess and the Pea, The Real Princess: A Mathemagical Tale (North America | Europe) is a perfect addition to any at-home math encouragement. The book follows the tale of a numerically inclined royal family, and their pursuit to find equally worthy (and math oriented) princesses to marry their sons.  What better way to fight off the math monster than with a brave princess?

Included in the back of the book is an inviting and relevant math activity, that sends you counting back through the book and is guaranteed to keep your child engaged. This counting activity also features an answer sheet, which can be found online: Counting Activity and Answer Key.

That’s not all! Another hands-on activity can be found online to make Princess Collage Feather Beds. This arts and crafts project can be a vibrant memento to hang up as a reminder of all that your child has accomplished and learned from A Mathemagical Tale.

What are you doing to fight the math monster?

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