It’s a pretty normal question. Often folks will say they’re a particular kind of person based on things they like, like “I’m a math person”, or “I’m a music person”. The reverse is also true, right? So someone who doesn’t like math, isn’t a “math person”.
The thing about this self-description is that it implies that people who don’t like math are also bad at math. If someone is bad at math, is he or she bad at all math? Or is it more likely to be true that he or she has had some frustrations related to math, and so their disposition towards math is general negative–the defenses are up, the nervous sweats start, and the disclaimer to all, “I’m not a math person!” allows them the safety net to fail by lowering everyone’s expectations, including their own.
But what if we start with the youngest of kids, telling them from the start that math is a game, it’s fun, it’s a process, and it’s creative. What if we combine beautiful art and verbal descriptions and tactile manipulatives together to create an experience when it comes to math–not an immediate right or wrong, which can shut down the thinking process, but a creative workflow that, like art, allows them the chance to explore and make mistakes. Does such a thing exist?
Math books from Usborne Books and More are colorful, story telling, engaging, creative, and clearly processed. Kids can work through and make mistakes, while still working towards the goal of understanding the math problem in real life (or straight up silly) scenarios. Books range from broad math coverage to specific subjects, and even our resource books like our Illustrated Math Dictionary are fun and beautiful.
I believe in our math books because they give confidence to learning math, mostly because they are straight up fun! No longer is a kid a “math person” or “not a math person”, because they’re just exploring the process and accomplishing the skills needed to learn this fun subject. If we can keep learning fun, we remove the fear of messing up which makes us want to lower our own expectations of ourselves. When we lower our expectations, we don’t push ourselves to be all we can be. Let’s see our children be all they can be by giving them the tools they need to succeed because they love it!
Here’s a peek inside some of my current favorite math books, for math lovers and haters alike! 😉 Let me know what you think!