Poetic Math

Yes, you can mix poetry and math together! You can mix mustard and whipped cream together, too, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Yick!  The math/poetry thing seems like a more palatable endeavor, so why not give it a try?  Afterall, math and poetry are just two forms of language and expression  The idea also fits nicely into the Living Math approach (die-hard fan, here), which is another reason to consider a few of these books.

Click on each book to link to more information:

Theoni Pappas wrote this one; she is the author of The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat and the Further Adventures of Penrose (two books which we’ve read – Max really liked them.)  This book is designed to be shared by an adult and a child, reading together.  Nice rhythmic language about another type of language……math!

Students will learn math concepts and operations, place value and fractions, geometry and graphs, measurement and money, and word problems.   Elements of poetry are in fresh context, including similes, metaphors, alliteration, line breaks, and poetic language and forms. And perhaps best of all, the creative process enhances your child’s recall of the concepts taught.

Marvelous Math is a playful look at the sometimes surprising ways math is part of our daily life. The poems cover a vast range of topics from multiplication, division, and fractions to time, counting and measurement, but all relate math to our everyday world.

Julie Brennan of www.Livingmath.com has this to say about this book (she’s a phenomenal resource, so straighten up and pay attention!):  “Okay, it’s not like regular poetry, it’s *mathematical* language. This is an unusual book in which the text mixes language with mathematical concepts, symbols and vocabulary to produce some really interesting connections.

Many children have difficulty connecting math with language. Math readers help bring math in this world, rather than it being isolated as a bunch of abstract symbols. The poetic “equations” in this reader are logical, artistic and creative uses of symbols and ideas. All of my kids from ages 5 to 13 love the book.”

One of my homeschooling idols has spoken!

So, I’m wondering…….how big can Amazon wish lists be?

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2 Responses

  1. How big? VERY, very long. I KNOW. I have not one, but two Amazon wishlists. And they are both very long. 😉

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