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Welcome to the February 2019 issue of
MathsThroughStories.org newsletter!


 
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CELEBRATE THE WORLD BOOK DAY MATHEMATICALLY!

The World Book Day is fast approaching and it will be celebrated here in the UK and Ireland on 7 March 2019, and elsewhere on 23 April 2019.

If you are looking for ideas to celebrate the Day mathematically, why not start or end your mathematics lessons using mathematical story picture books! We have over 500 recommendations for such books on our website as well as free story-based mathematics lesson ideas from early years, primary/elementary and secondary teachers in different countries.

Even better, why not encourage pupils in your class to create their own mathematical story picture book! If they aged 8-13 years old, they can also submit their story picture book to our Young Mathematical Story Author (YMSA) competition. Please bear in mind that the closing date for entries is Friday 29 March 2019 (17:00 UK time)

For more details of the YMSA competition and an example of an entry that your pupils could submit (see 'Hoppy Christmas'), click here. You may also find our summary of key features of well-written mathematical story picture books here useful. 

 

MATHSTHROUGHSTORIES.ORG FOUNDER INTERVIEWED BY THE UK'S NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS (NCETM)

Dr. Natthapoj Vincent T. was recently interviewed by the UK's National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), a £40-million Department for Education-funded organisation. 

The focus of the interview was on raising the awareness of the pedagogical power of learning mathematics by reading and creating mathematical story picture books. 

To read this interview, click here.

 

LATEST BOOK REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

This February 2019 issue marks the first part in a two-part series of issues where we highlight and review all five mathematical story picture books written by one of our favourite mathematical story authors, Elinor J. Pinczes. We've got a chance to speak to Elinor recently on the phone. Now in her early 80s, Elinor is still going strong in Montana, USA. 

Read our official reviews of these stories by clicking on the book covers below or visit our Book Reviews page.

If you are a publisher or an independent author and would like us to review your mathematical story picture book, click here for more details.

 
Click here to read our review of Elinor J. Pinczes's ‘One Hundred Hungry Ants’ (with a focus on division for children aged 5+ years old) 
 
Click here to read our review of Elinor J. Pinczes's ‘A Remainder of One’  (with a focus on division with a remainder for children aged 5+ years old) 
Click here to read our review of Elinor J. Pinczes's ‘My Full Moon is Square’ (with a focus on square number for both primary/elementary and secondary school pupils) 

HIGHLIGHTED RESEARCH

If you are interested in research about the use of picture books to enrich mathematics teaching and learning, you might be interested in reading this FREE article, titled 'Effects of reading picture books on kindergartners’ mathematics performance'.

Published in 2016 in the Educational Psychology journal, the article reported findings of an experiment research study involving 384 pre-school children in the Netherlands. 

The findings show that the picture book reading programme had a positive effect on pre-school children's mathematics performance as measured by a project test (containing test items on number, measurement and geometry). Interestingly, a significant intervention effect was found for girls and not for boys.

 

MATHS THROUGH STORIES
THE NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME

In this academic year alone, Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (founder of MathsThroughStories.org) will be delivering the Maths Through Stories training workshop to over 100 in-service teachers and 1,600 teacher trainees across the UK and abroad.

Consequently, MathsThroughStories.org has now officially become the largest and most trusted training provider on integrating story picture books in mathematics teaching and learning. 


Details of his workshops from this month can be found below, and for his other upcoming workshops can be found here

If your school, local educational authority or teacher education programme (both within or outside the UK) is interested in receiving training from Dr. Trakulphadetkrai at your institution, please get in touch with him directly here.

MATHS THROUGH STORIES WORKSHOPS IN FEBRUARY 2019

LATEST WEBSITE STATS

Since the launch of our website on 2 March 2017 (the World Book Day), MathsThroughStories.org has been viewed over 230,000 times by more than 44,000 teachers and parents from over 170 countries around the world! This is truly amazing and a reflection of your growing desire to learn more about how mathematical story picture books can be integrated meaningfully in mathematics teaching and learning.

To find out more about these statistics, click here for a full Google Analytics report.

 

MathsThroughStories.org is a non-profit and research-based initiative. It sets out to encourage teachers and parents around the world to use stories to enhance their mathematics teaching and learning.

We firmly believe that the use of mathematical stories, particularly in the picture book format, can help mathematics learners develop their conceptual understanding in mathematical concepts, and to help them foster positive attitudes towards the subject.
 
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