Explore Math concepts with Creepy Mathematics {Review & Giveaway}

This is the last set of books sponsored by Wild Crane Press for giveaway and also my favourite of all (you can check out my reviews of Kuafu Chases the Sun, How Long is Eternity and the Blue Sun (series) by clicking on the links). [Look out for the series of book giveaways coming up over the next few Mondays, kindly sponsored by JLB Educational Technology]

I think I had a broad mix of books this time round with a different version of Kuafu Chases the Sun (a Chinese mythology), a philosophical book to explore the concept of eternity, and the Blue Sun (series) which dealt with complex issues (homelessness, grief and separation) told from a child’s perspective.

This set of books, which I believe would be the most popular with my readers as well, approaches Mathematical concepts in the form of engaging stories, featuring Flappy the Vampire in the whole series. The topics covered include length, volume, area, weight and estimation.

The two hot favourites in my home are New Coffins for a Growing Vampire (Length) and The Magic Juice (Volume).

Flappy the Vampire is a little growing vampire and he needs a new bed (coffin). His dad (Count Dracula) tasks the carpenter to make a new ‘bed’ for his son, which measures “three steps long” (according to the size of his feet) but the ‘bed’ ends up even smaller than the one that Flappy is using. Flappy decides that he’d measure the bed himself and it measured “six (Flappy) steps” so Count Dracula tells the carpenter to make a coffin that is six steps long but this time the coffin ends up even bigger than his dad’s. Can you guess what went wrong?

From the story, the children would realise that we need a standard way of measurement in order to get what we want precisely. After reading the book, we could reenact the story by measuring for instance the coffee table with the number of footsteps each family member takes to walk from one end to the other and we could try other non-standardized ways to measure common household items in the house (e.g. arm length, ice-cream sticks vs. toothpicks). Compare the non-standardized ways of measurement to the measuring tape/ ruler for each item and the kids would discover the importance of using a recognised standard of measurement.

The illustrations are vivid, colourful and the vampires are far from being scary.

The Magic Juice is another lovely book where children can do hands-on learning of volume.

 

As with the story where each child brings along different sizes of cups to class for their magic juice, we can easily set up a range of cups/ containers in our home, fill them up with the same amount of liquid (without them knowing first) and get the kids to speculate if the volume of the liquid in the cups are more than/less than or the same, then ask them to pour the contents, one at a time, into a measuring cup. They’d be pretty surprised to find out that the tall, narrow container has the same amount of liquid as the broad, shallow one. πŸ™‚

The rest of the series is similar to the two titles I’ve described above, with captivating illustrations and engaging story lines.

What I like most about the series is that mathematical concepts are presented in a way that is simple to understand and at the end of each book, there’s a page to summarise the story as well as suggestions for parents to extend the learning at home.

I highly recommend this series of books as the concepts are presented clearly, with lively characters and settings which kids can identify with and these books would appeal to even those who dislike or fear Math, parents included.

Wild Crane Press is kindly sponsoring ONE set of the Creepy Mathematics series to my readers (it’s going for 50% off right now at $32.50 (U.P. $65)).

As usual, to win a set of the books, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget and be sure to keep a lookout for next week’s book giveaway!

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Important note: Winners have to collect the prize from the Wild Crane Press office or simply authorise someone else to pick up the book. Call the office to arrange a timing that works for you (alternate Saturdays are available) or simply purchase a book from the Wild Crane Press website to get the books couriered over at no cost to you (P.S. from 15 January, there is a 50% storewide discount for the books on Wild Crane Press).

Wild Crane Press
33 Ubi Avenue 3
#06-37 Vertex Tower A
Singapore 408868

+65 6659 8839

The Creepy Mathematics series can be obtained directly from Wild Crane Press.

Unleash the bookaholic in you – from 15 January, there will also be a 50% storewide discount for the books on Wild Crane Press! For orders above SGD50, free delivery of the books will be included.

Look out for the next set of books kindly sponsored by JLB Educational Technology next week!

Wild Crane Press
Address: 33 Ubi Avenue 3
#06-37 Vertex Tower A
Singapore 408868
Email: admin@wildcranepress.com

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary set of the books by Wild Crane Press. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine.

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25 Responses to Explore Math concepts with Creepy Mathematics {Review & Giveaway}

  1. Irene Fock says:

    I like to use manipulative, models and pictures to teach math because my boy is a visual person, he needs to see it then can understand the concept.

  2. Joanne Ho says:

    Through models, illustrations, diagrams… anything that can keep the kid interested!!

  3. Megan Yeo says:

    Through model drawing, Math link cubes, coins and silly stories to teach my kid Math.

  4. adeline says:

    Using legos to teach my little ones on the addition and deletion.

  5. Jingxian says:

    use animals counters and blocks. learn through play

  6. Mikki says:

    I explore maths with my kids using daily life items like coins, beans, notes etc…also make use of counters/blocks/lego πŸ˜‰

  7. Marcia Too says:

    Kids r visual learners so we worked using visual objects

  8. Serene Leow says:

    Recently I use poker cards. Draw out numbers that matches a perfect 10. Play with my P1 boy. So that when he is doing his Maths worksheet. He can work out the numbers to match a 10 quickly.

  9. Diana Teng says:

    I love using visuals.

  10. Michele says:

    Hands-on learning such as using montessori materials, animal figurines, counters and drawing stories to represent math problems. Concepts are understood more easily and learning becomes child-centred with activities that are made engaging and entertaining at the same time! πŸ™‚

  11. Lyn Teo says:

    I use blocks and even toys to teach. Mainly hands on when learning.

  12. qs says:

    We try to relate to real life examples that we experienced in our daily life. Teaching materials are also sourced from our surroundings, eg: bottle caps, cutouts from magazines, newspapers etc. Songs and dances are also a favourite part of our sharing journey.

  13. I will use manipulatives for younger kids and models for older ones.

  14. Sky Koh says:

    I will use drawing model, any items that I have around our house.

  15. Carol Lim says:

    I use daily household items, like fruits, cups etc. So that Maths appears as part and parcel of daily life to my kids.

  16. LP Tan says:

    Using real life activity to explain the concept. Those ‘while waiting for food’ moment are great opportunity to explain simple maths such as sum, fraction, etc.

  17. Aaron Huang says:

    By teaching my boys simple math ideas through everyday issues, like counting their toy cars, the quantity of milk left in their bottles..

  18. Louis Lee says:

    I like to draw so that my children can visualize the problem.

  19. Agatha says:

    Oh, this would be a great way to learn maths πŸ™‚

  20. Eunice says:

    I use visual aids like link cubes, blocks, Lego, etc. to help my kid understand math concepts. These books look interesting and he would love them!

  21. Samantha says:

    My girl seems rather weak in Math. These books would be of lovely help! Many thanks for organizing this.

  22. Winnie says:

    Using real life activities is the easiest

  23. Theresa tay says:

    Visuals, flashcards and balance beams

  24. Jaime says:

    using lego blocks!

  25. Kaye Wong says:

    I use counters and blocks to teach mathematics.

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