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  • 1.  EMIF Math Picture Book of the Month

    Posted 11-07-2022 12:30 PM

    Hi All,

    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

    Suggested Activities:

    • 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

    Interested in more tips and resources around early math? Join the Ealy Math Interest Forum (EMIF) email list to receive information for future virtual events. 


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    Toni Galassini
    Chicago Public Schools, Office of Early Childhood Education
    Professional Learning Specialist
    NAEYC Early Math Interest Forum (EMIF) Facilitator
    DREME Family Math Advisory Board Member
    Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Board Member
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  • 2.  RE: EMIF Math Picture Book of the Month

    Posted 11-08-2022 08:45 AM
    Hi Toni,

    Excellent choice... thank you.

    I continue to search for what I call a curriculum for pre-K-1 that is clearly spelled out for new teachers. Can you help?

    Jerry Kaplan, Professor Emeritus, Seton Hall U


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    Jerome Kaplan
    Chatham NJ
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  • 3.  RE: EMIF Math Picture Book of the Month

    Posted 11-09-2022 12:19 PM
    Toni, thanks so much for the tip on a great new title for my collection. I have added it to my Wish List.

    I'm also wondering if folks have other favorite "growing pattern" books that your excellent teaching ideas would work with. I'm thinking about the "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a XXXXX" series. Other suggestions out there?
    --Carrie

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    Carrie Cutler
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Houston
    The Woodlands TX
    www.carriecutler.com
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  • 4.  RE: EMIF Math Picture Book of the Month

    Posted 11-10-2022 05:20 AM
    Shirley Neitzel has a whole series of books of this sort.  The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, I'm Not Feeling Well Today, The House I Built for the Wrens, and several more.

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    [Sharon] Febo
    Medway [Massachusetts]
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  • 5.  RE: EMIF Math Picture Book of the Month

    Posted 11-10-2022 09:39 AM
    Carrie,
    Some other book ideas are Pitter Pattern by Joyce Hesselberth and I Went Walkingby Sue Williams. This article from Erikson's Early Math Collaborative has book suggestions for teaching growing patterns and this article from NAEYC (written by EMIF Facilitators Jessica Young and Kristen Reed) has books that illustrate repeating and growing patterns.

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    Toni Galassini
    Professional Learning Specialist
    Niles IL
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