Reading and mathematics

Did you know that the ability to read and comprehend could have a huge impact on your child’s success with mathematics. I have over at Writing to be Read discussing this interesting topic. Thank you to Kaye Lynne Booth for hosting me with this post.

Writing to be Read

Growing bookworks Jan 2020

Those of you who are familiar with the writing of Enid Blyton, may be familiar with her Enchanted Wood series which features the folk of the Faraway Tree. One of the characters in this delightfully imaginative series is Dame Snap, a strict school mistress, who runs a school for naughty pixies and other fairy folk. I loved this series as a child and was quite astonished by the questions Dame Snap poses to the learners in her class. This is an extract from The Enchanted Wood:

“Jo looked at the questions on the board. He read them out to the others, in great astonishment.

“If you take away three three caterpillars from one bush, how many gooseberries will there be left?”

“Add a pint of milk to a peck of peas and say what will be left over.”

“If a train runs at six miles an hour and has to…

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28 thoughts on “Reading and mathematics

  1. You’re right, Robbie. Mathematics is not just numbers. Kids can do okay with the numbers in the beginning grades, but then they can’t do math if they can’t solve by understanding the text of the math problems.

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      1. Yes, now the math text books making the problem solving fun for the kids to have story problems as one of the comments indicated. Such as mom had two dollars, she gave one dollar to her daughter, how much money did she have left. Hopefully the story uses the words the kids can read to solve the problem.
        The Asian kids are good in doing mental math, but we tell the parents that math is not just numbers.

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  2. Sadly, I have no kid to pass on my “legacy”. I have two stepsons. It’s useless to encourage the older one especially since he just started in his teens. The younger one is smart but he’s not that interested in reading, either. He grew up knowing I’m his mom (by that, I mean he knows the truth, but for him, I’m his mom). But during the first years that he was with me (starting from 4 years old), I acted very carefully, trying not to impose on anything. I wish I started reading to him.

    He is a fast-learner, but reading is not one of his favorite things. But I WILL still try and make him love it.

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    1. Thank you for reading and joining in the conversation. Teenagers do pull away from reading a bit as they are more interested in socializing and their iphones at that age. Maybe try to encourage them both to read graphic novels. There are very popular with teens and pre-teens.

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      1. The problem with the teen has to do more with our relationship. The pre-tweener (or is 10 already “tweener” age?), he does like my comics collection a bit. He’s not an English-speaker, though, and most of the comics I have are either in English or deemed “not yet for kids” by me. But I’m really considering making a local comics fan out of him.

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      1. I hope you’re right. We started alright, then it changed to not alright — I’m a bit strict (I just don’t look like it here) and he’s hard-headed. Not a good combo.

        Thanks, Robbie 🙂

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    1. You are right, Jacqui. Music and maths also have an interesting relationship. Greg was very good at music although he has sadly stopped playing now. He learned to read music before he could read English and it made learning to read a bit difficult for him as it was like learning a second language. Interesting, isn’t it?


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