Teaching math to early elemen- tary students can be an excit- ing adventure! There are many tools that you can use to aid
your student’s learning, including hands-on manipulatives such as base-ten blocks.
Other tools that can be used include
workbooks, videos, online games, building blocks, Unifix® Cubes, and everyday
But what about using books as a math
tool? There are several math-related books,
especially picture books that offer another
teaching strategy. Math picture books can
be another resource to help your student
learn about the wonderful world of math.
Let’s talk about why math picture books
are a great tool. If you have ever looked up
“children’s literature” on the Internet, then
you know that it can turn up many results.
If you narrow your search down to “math
picture books,” you will discover an abundance of book choices also. These books
can help your student to learn more about
math. Some students need to interact with a
specific math concept in a different format.
Reading a math picture book can do that
while also offering a more relaxed approach
to learning math.
Math picture books present math in a
fun way through pictures, artwork, and in-
teresting storylines. Some of the concepts
that you will find in these books are num-
ber sense, learning to count, making double
numbers, odd and even numbers, addition,
subtraction, fractions, and also introduc-
tion to higher-level math. There are many
math picture books to choose from de-
pending on what you are wanting to teach
If you do not have math picture books
at home, then you could check with your
library or local homeschool group. What
do you do next after you have picked your
math picture book? It’s a good idea to pre-read your chosen book because the author
may add teaching ideas at the end of the
book or even sprinkle ideas throughout
Math in Pictures:
Math picture books can be another resource to help
How to Engage Early Elementary Learners
by Jennifer Chandler
your student learn about the wonderful world of math.