Jim Trelease’s The Read-Aloud Handbook is lovely and very helpful for parents wanting to immerse their children in the world of written and spoken language, stories and books.
I aspire to creating the math version of this; the Read-Aloud Handbook of Math in a sense.
Here is how he began.
The dearth of accessible material inspired him to write and self-publish the first edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook in 1979. “I self-published because I never thought any of the major publishers would be interested in it. At that point, ‘reading aloud’ was too simple and not painful enough to do the child any good. At least, that’s what many educators thought,” he says in hindsight. But that mindset would soon change.
His book is now in its seventh edition and has sold nearly 2 million copies.
Wish me luck, OK?
Someday there will be a full-sized paper version of a Talking Math with Your Kids book (Hear that publishers? Wanna talk? You can find me at the About/Contact page.)
Until that day, there is now a mini-version (15,000 words; roughly three chapters, $4.99) available on Kindle (and readable on other devices with the Kindle app).
Tabitha is thrilled with the news!
It is aimed at parents of children from 3—9 years of age. Parents of older or younger children will likely be able to extend the ideas to their own situations, too.
Go have a look, won’t you? Share widely and let me know what you think.
Table of contents is:
- Counting and other adventures in number language
- Adding and subtracting: Two peas in a pod
- References and further reading
About 1/3 of the conversations in the book have been previously documented here and/or on my blog Overthinking My Teaching. The rest are new to readers. Also, there is a ton of new content summarizing research and the mathematical development of children in parent-friendly ways.
Early response has been awesome.