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  • 1.  Math Picture Book of the Month

    Posted 02-22-2023 04:22 PM

    The Early Math Interest Forum (EMIF) facilitators sponsor a  Math Picture Book of the Month post for the Hello community. Check out this month's picture book highlight.


    Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Mara Alperin

    "When Goldilocks sneaks into the three bears' cottage, it seems there's no one home. So she helps herself to their porridge; she sits in their chairs; and she lies down in their beds. But then the bears return home from their walk! Will they catch that naughty little girl?" You can use any version of this familiar fairy tale to explore the math within the story: Big Bear, Middle size Bear, and Baby Bear.


    Math concepts include: 

    • One to one correspondence

    • Measurement

    • comparing

    Suggested Activities:

    • Set the table for a Three Bears Picnic. You will need a big bowl, medium bowl, and small bowl. Ask questions such as: Which bowl would you like? Why? What if you invite more guests to your meal? What bowls would you choose? Why?

    • Generate a list of different ways to say big, medium, and small

    • Have children go on a scavenger hunt. Using a foot to measure, have students find something bigger, something smaller, or something the same size ("just right")

    • Gather sets of items to classify as big, medium, or small

    • When comparing items, have children describe why it is bigger or smaller. Ask questions such as is it taller, longer, shorter, wider, thinner, heavier, lighter? How do you know?

    Cyndi Lopardo
    Preschool Teacher
    Chicago Public Schools

  • 2.  RE: Math Picture Book of the Month

    Posted 02-23-2023 05:07 AM

    Thank you!  

    I will pass this on!

    Belinda Costin
    Maumee OH

  • 3.  RE: Math Picture Book of the Month

    Posted 02-24-2023 03:52 PM

    For toilet learning, we say that children must wear underwear. In Montessori, young learners may just wear a t shirt and training pants until they get the hang of it. I always say it's a health dept. requirement about underwear, but I found out that's not accurate. So I just say all children in toddlers must wear diapers or underwear. Commando is for at home practice.

    Good luck!

    Susan Smith
    Heart and Hands Montessori
    Lafayette CO

  • 4.  RE: Math Picture Book of the Month

    Posted 02-24-2023 06:25 AM

    Thanks for sharing this picture book! Great activity suggestions for comparing, measuring, and use of mathematical language.

    Toni Galassini
    Professional Learning Specialist
    Chicago Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education
    Chicago IL

  • 5.  RE: Math Picture Book of the Month

    Posted 02-27-2023 10:08 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing, Cyndi. I love your teaching ideas and can't wait to try them out with my grandson. I especially love the idea of generating other terms for small, medium, and large. This will be a fantastic vocabulary builder!


    Carrie Cutler
    Co-Lead Facilitator for the Early Math Interest Forum
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Houston
    The Woodlands TX

  • 6.  RE: Math Picture Book of the Month

    Posted 02-27-2023 01:47 PM

    Cyndi - these are such great ideas for mathematics activities to go along with such a classic book. I especially love the suggestion to have children describe why and how items are described as bigger or smaller, using descriptions of attributes that will help them to be more precise in their comparisons.  I've read Goldilocks and the Three Bears countless times in my preschool classroom, but you've given such a great extension on all of the math that it entails!

    Stephanie Calabrese
    Graduate Student
    George Mason University
    Falls Church VA