Lots of us read bedtime stories to our kids. But how does math fit in?
Inspired by a listener question along those lines, we invited Laura Overdeck to this week’s episode of Best of Both Worlds. Overdeck is the author of the beloved Bedtime Math series of books. Each book has dozens of short stories that lead to little math problems you can do with your kids. You can also get the problems by signing up for the Bedtime Math organization’s emails or their app. These fun problems are a fantastic way to make math a regular part of life.
Which it should be! There’s some evidence that kids struggled more to keep up with math during the pandemic than they struggled with reading. It’s possible that adults felt more comfortable reading with kids, and incorporated more reading into everyday life, whereas math was more of a school-based subject. But math doesn’t need to be confined to school. With bedtime stories we have fond memories of snuggling up with parents, feeling cozy and loved. The idea of Bedtime Math is to encourage kids to feel the same way about mathematical concepts.
I can say that my kids have really enjoyed reading the Bedtime Math books! So please check them out.
In the Q&A section, we address a listener who wants details on how Sarah is having one on one dinners with her kids. The listener struggles with the idea of using childcare outside of work hours. So we tackle that topic too.
Please give the episode a listen, and as always, we welcome ratings and reviews!