Getting kids excited about math can be a challenge. Because there are expected to be more than eight million STEM jobs in the United States by 2018, math skills are becoming more and more important for today’s student. If today’s student lacks math skills, three million of tomorrow’s jobs may go unfilled.
MathStart is an award-winning series filled with visual representations of math concepts through light-hearted, kid-inspired stories. Vetted by a team of math teachers, MathStart makes math skills for kids ages three to seven interesting by showing young characters using math in everyday experiences. Plus, each book comes with teaching tools and activity suggestions for educators.
To inspire kids to enjoy math and to meet the challenge of creating a strong workforce for the future, First Book teamed up with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) to bring this collection of books to the First Book Marketplace.
The First Book Marketplace now carries two books from each level of the series:
Jack the Builder (Age 3+): Jack uses his imagination and all shapes and colors of his blocks to create different creatures and objects teaching kids beginning number operations and counting.
Just Enough Carrots (Age 3+): Join young rabbit at the supermarket to compare what items each character is buying and learn about addition, subtraction, “more,” “fewer” and “the same.”
Elevator Magic (Age 6+) : Brian rides the elevator at his mother’s work and discovers new things on each floor. Along the way kids learn the number line and subtraction.
Tally O’Malley (Age 6+): On a family vacation the O’Malleys start a tallying competition to pass the time, teaching kids how to keep track of numbers as they count.
Lemonade for Sale (Age 7+): The member’s of Elm Street Kids’ club decide to sell lemonade to raise money to fix their clubhouse, tracking their business on a bar graph. Kids learn gathering data, charting and comparing results.
Shark Swim-A-Thon (Age 7+): This fun story about a team of sharks swimming laps to raise funds for camp helps reinforce the skill of two-digit subtraction.
Do you work with kids in need? Sign Up with First Book today to gain access to this great math series.