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Teaching Mathematics through Story

A creative approach for the early years, 1st Edition

By Caroline McGrath


174 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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    How do you make mathematics relevant and exciting to young children? How can mathematics and literacy be combined in a meaningful way? How can stories inspire the teaching and learning of mathematics?

    This book explores the exciting ways in which story can be used as a flexible resource to facilitate children’s mathematical thinking. It looks at the potential relationship between story and mathematics and practically demonstrates how they can be combined to help children connect, understand and express mathematical ideas using story language.    

    Written for all early years practitioners and students, the book offers a playful pedagogical approach to facilitating children’s mathematical thinking which brings a creative satisfaction and confidence to teaching mathematics. Encouraging a creative approach to teaching mathematics that draws on picture books and oral mathematical stories, the book shows you how to:

    • Move from reading to telling stories with mathematical themes
    • Encourage children to pose and solve problems by playing with the plot of stories
    • Enable children to translate abstract mathematical ideas to concrete representations with supporting story props and puppets
    • Create original oral mathematical stories alongside children
    • Capture children’s mathematical thinking in an observational framework, supported with audio or video recordings which can be shared with parents and colleagues
    • There are free audio recordings of children and adults telling oral mathematical stories, which feature in the book. These can be downloaded from: www.routledge.com/9780415688154

    This book draws on practical work with children, educators, parents, professional storytellers, and trainee practitioners, who bring theoretical ideas to life and offer insight into their mathematical story experiences. It is a ‘must have’ for all those who want to make mathematics relevant, accessible and imaginative for young children.

Table of Contents

1. Mathematics 2. Story 3.Threading Play in a Mathematical way 4. Picture Books: Meaningful Mathematical Contexts 5. Oral Mathematical Story: Moving from Picture Books to Oral Mathematical Story 6. Oral Mathematical Story: Possibilities 7. Oral Mathematical Story: Large and Small groups 8. Puppets and Props: Mathematical Stories in their Making 9. Children as Mathematical Storytellers 10. Crafting and telling Oral Mathematical Stories 11. Conclusion 12. Appendix 13. Appendix one: Mathematical Observation 14.Appendix two: Story Profile template 15. Appendix three: Story profile ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne 16. Appendix four: Story profile ‘Little Lumpty’ by Miko Imai 17. Appendix five: Story profile ‘The Doorbell’ by Pat Hutchins 18. Appendix six: Tabulated Observation framework 19. Appendix seven: Analysis of mathematical observation ‘Jake retelling Ladybird on a Leaf’ 20. Appendix eight: Moving from Picture Books to Oral Mathematical Storytelling 21. Appendix nine: ‘How to make a gorilla hand puppet’ 22. References 23. Index

About the Author

Caroline McGrath is a lecturer for the Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree, in partnership with Plymouth University, at City of Bristol College. She has a particular interest in children’s mathematical development, and is the author of Supporting Early Mathematical Development: Practical Approaches to Play-Based Learning (Routledge, 2010). Her research involving children, educators and staff informs the content of this new book.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Mathematics