Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay up Late by Laura Overdeck and Illustrated by Jim Paillot
Do bedtime and math really go together? When I first introduced Bedtime Math to my girls my 10 year old daughter looked at me like I was crazy. Math before bedtime, really? The title definitely grabs your attention even if there may be a few moans and groans from the math haters crowd. Math doesn’t have to be boring or difficult to learn anymore. Kids may actually begin to enjoy math. Instead of your traditional “bedtime” story, give Bedtime Math a whirl!
I believe the goal for Bedtime Math is to make it exciting and intriguing. It’s definitely a unique concept that I would like to share with you. I have never heard or seen anything like this and I must say, I am impressed.
The idea was conceived, born, and executed when author Laura Overdeck and her husband noticed that their third child would ask for nightly math problems. They had been doing math riddles since their oldest child was two. (Counting stuffed animals, etc. before bedtime) They were obviously onto something that could potentially catch on and very quickly. Guess what? It did! In February 2012, after sending an email to 10 friends in town a math problem/riddle, parents were excited to learn more and introduce the concept to their kids. In the same week her friends list doubled as so many wanted to be added to her list. Parents informed Laura that “their kids were actually bugging them for nightly math problems and they were hooked.“ Isn’t that just amazing? Well, 6 months after “setting up a website and email marketing system, etc., they received over 20,000 Facebook followers!” Awesome!
How does Bedtime Math work? It is broken up into 5 chapters:
- Chapter 1: Exploding Food
Example-One the left page, there is a fact about Jalapenos and Habanero Peppers and the differences in how hot they are. On the right hand side of the page there are 3 levels of learning based on your child’s age: Wee Ones, Little Kids, and Big Kids. Here is a sample question that is in the book:
Wee Ones: “If you’ve eaten 3 bites of Jalapeno and you know you can eat 8 bites of them before you just can’t take the heat anymore, how many more bites can you stand to eat?
Harder questions are expected of Little Kids and Big Kids. Pretty cool! The rest of the chapter covers riddles for playing ketchup, pop culture, and much more. I love how there are symbols next to the ages based on intensity. Like for the hot peppers riddle there are little peppers next to age levels. 1 pepper for Wee Ones, 2 peppers for Little Kids, and 3 for Big Kids. Very clever.
The chapters continue on with riddles on different topics. Here are the rest of the chapters in Bedtime Math:
- Chapter 2: Wild Pets
- Chapter 3: Extreme Vehicles
- Chapter 4: Sports you Shouldn’t Try at Home
- Chapter 5: Really Odd Jobs
I am looking forward to having a Bedtime Math Pajama Party with my girls and a few of their friends and cousins. Can’t wait to get the Bedtime Math party started!
I like how Bedtime Math challenges the young mind yet makes it exciting and fun. My soon to be 7 year old loves doing the riddles and gets more excited about math. I am hoping this will catch on with my 10 year old. She is slightly stubborn in the math department. When you say the word “Math” she gets turned off pretty quickly. Baby steps, right? Maybe the Bedtime Math pajama party will liven up her spirit and make her eager to learn. This mommy is very hopeful.
I highly recommend this book for your children whether they love or hate math! It’s potentially a win-win situation for everyone. Gotta love that!
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Lindsey Clair is a homeschooling mother of three daughters. She has been married fourteen years to her best friend Ron where he is currently a Solutions Engagement Supervisor for the State of Michigan at UPS. Lindsey possesses a degree in Child Development. She hopes to pursue a degree in Marketing and Advertising in the near future. She is currently a professional blogger and freelance writer for multiple sites and enjoys working from home while homeschooling her children. Lindsey is also a musician. She currently plays the piano and flute and sings. She was formerly the children’s director at her parents church as well as on the praise and worship team. Lindsey and her family are currently in a new transition with another church and waiting on what their next move will be. Lindsey’s hobbies include reading, shopping, blogging, and hanging out with family and friends.