The Early Math Interest Forum (EMIF) facilitators are starting a Math Picture Book of the Month post for the Hello community. Check out the first one below!
I wanted to share a story that could be an ideal read for Thanksgiving or Christmas time or any other time that families get together for a meal - like my large Italian family who got together weekly on Sundays! I've also shared some math concepts and suggested follow up activities that could be used in your setting or at home. Happy Reading!
Around the Table That Grandad Built by Melanie Heuiser Hill is a story about a family and neighbors gathering together for a meal. It takes on a cumulative structure similar to This Is the House That Jack Built. Each piece of the meal is a homemade creation - contributed or made by someone loved by the group, starting with the table that grandad built. This book brings up opportunities to talk about family, friendship, and values such as thankfulness, work, and love.
Math concepts include:
Counting items such as napkins, plates, glasses, forks, etc.
Recalling the sequential order (growing/changing patterns)
Graphing the number of items from above and comparing using words like more and less
Identifying different shapes, e.g., napkins, plates, samosas
Children can count and graph the number of people in their family
Families can send in recipes to make a class cookbook; children can make some of the recipes as a nutritional activity.
Children can make placemats with patterns that they can use during lunch/snack time or take home