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


 
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OUR NEWSLETTER WILL NOW BECOME A QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER


It has been just over two years now since our first monthly newsletter was published. The newsletter serves as an important channel of communication between MathsThroughStories.org and members of our on-line community who are passionate in the idea of teaching mathematics through stories. The newsletter also provides free on-line CPD straight into your inbox every month.

Going forward, we would like to experiment with publishing our newsletter on a quarterly basis, with the first quarterly issue (July-September) being published at the end of September. 

This change will allow us to spend a bit more time on developing new free resources for you. 

 
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LATEST BOOK REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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 Robie H Harris’s ‘Crash! Boom!’ (with a focus on one-to-one correspondence for children aged 4+ years old)
 
Click here to read our review of Marthe Jocelyn’s ‘Sam Sorts’ (with a focus on sorting and classification as well as a Venn diagram for children aged 5+ years old)
 
Click here to read our review of Ruby Dee’s ‘Two Ways to Count to Ten’ (with a focus on skip counting for children aged 5+ years old)
 
Click here to read our review of Leo Lionni’s ‘Inch by Inch’ (with a focus on measurement for children aged 6+ years old)


MATHEMATICAL STORIES ARE NOW SORTED BY AGE!

Recommended mathematical stories are now sorted into age groups: once you have chosen which mathematical topic you are interested in (from the main Recommendations webpage), stories relating to that topic are now sorted into age groups.

The image below illustrates what the 2D Shapes webpage now looks like, for example. 

We hope this new feature helps make it easier for you to find age-appropriate mathematics stories for your children.

 
FREE ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH MATHEMATICAL STORY AUTHORS

Remember to have a look at our exclusive interviews with some of our favourite mathematical story authors who will help you and your children unpick the creative process involved in creating mathematical story picture books.​
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HAVE YOU READ SHORTLISTED AND WINNING MATHEMATICAL STORIES BY CHILDREN PARTICIPATING IN THE YOUNG MATHEMATICAL STORY AUTHOR (YMSA) COMPETITION? 
 
The Young Mathematical Story Author (YMSA) competition is the world's first annual international competition set up to encourage young mathematics learners (8-13 years old) from around the world to embed their mathematics learning in a meaningful and engaging context through creating mathematical story picture books. The competition is organised by MathsThroughStories.org. 

This year, the competition has been very competitive with over 260 mathematical stories from students, aged 8-13 from 30 schools across six countries.

To read winning and shortlisted stories as well as the authors’ and judges’ comments, please click here

Below are cover images of some of the shortlisted stories. 

 
 
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ARTICLE BY MATHSTHROUGHSTORIES.ORG FOUNDER PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT (TES)
 

An article by Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (founder of MathsThroughStories.org) has recently been published in the Times Educational Supplement (TES).

The article, titled ‘How picture books help maths teaching’, sets out to convince teachers of older primary school pupils to teach mathematics using story picture books.

Dr. Trakulphadetkrai comments that: “I have been arguing – and will continue to argue – that teaching mathematics using story picture books could also benefit mathematics learning of older pupils. Specifically, I would argue that the use of mathematical story picture books could foster pupils’ conceptual understanding through multi-representation of mathematical concepts and variation of mathematical situations. The approach could also help to develop language skills, and foster engagement with mathematics learning."

The article can be accessed here. (TES subscription is required)

 

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MATHSTHROUGHSTORIES.ORG WAS A FINALIST IN THE UNIVERSITY OF READING'S RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT AND IMPACT AWARDS
 

MathsThroughStories.org is a finalist in this year's University of Reading's Research Engagement and Impact Awards. With almost 40 submissions from across the University, only 12 projects got shortlisted. According to the Awards webpage, “The Awards recognise and reward people at the University who undertake or support high-quality engagement and impact activities.”

We would like to thank all members of our community for their on-going support in our MathsThroughStories.org initiative!

 
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ARE YOU TEACHING IN A YEAR 4 CLASS IN BERKSHIRE, UK?

We are about to start a University of Reading-funded research project exploring the effectiveness of children creating mathematical story picture books on their mathematics learning. 

If you are teaching a Year 4 class in Berkshire (UK) in this coming academic year and would be happy for us to come and work with children in your class for 1-2 weeks, could you let us know, please?


 
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MATHS THROUGH STORIES
THE NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME

To date, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai (founder of MathsThroughStories.org) has delivered the Maths Through Stories training workshop to over 200 in-service teachers and around 2,000 teacher trainee across the UK and abroad.

Consequently, MathsThroughStories.org has 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 details of his 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 JUNE 2019

LATEST WEBSITE STATS

Since the launch of our website on 2 March 2017 (the World Book Day), MathsThroughStories.org has been viewed over 290,000 times by more than 57,000 teachers and parents from over 180 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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