My little guy absolutely cracks me up. He is so full of life, laughter and just flat out cuteness, I am determined to help him fall so deep in love with learning that he will be determined to be a life long learner.
Wow, that was a mouth-ful…
but it’s true!
He is too incredibly cute to just sit him down with a math text book and strip all of the fun out of learning from him. OK…wait, back up. I know, some people love text books, and I’ll admit, we have a few…
If I can find a really good living book to help my children – it is well worth the effort!
And wowzer, did I find a cute one.
This sweet little book: A Place For Zero is about the number (yes, you guessed it) – zero.
He is created by his maker (ahem….yes, you read that right) and yet doesn’t quite know where he fits in.
He watches his friends (numbers 1-9) add and subtract to make new numbers and he can’t seem to make new numbers (because the king has not allowed anyone to count past 9(do you see where this is headed?).
One day, he heads over to visit Count Infinity and the Count realizes he can use the number zero to make more of other numbers, as he puts him into the Numberator and adds him to the number 1 – to make another 1! This is so great because they need new numbers all of the time, and the count had never figured out a way to make a new number 1 – because the only way to get ‘another’ 1. Well, there wasn’t a way so, he didn’t have any new ‘1s’ until he realized he could use zero! AND he no longer needed two (1s) to make a 2 or a one and a two to make a 3 – he could use the number and a zero!
Woo Hoo! Zero was so happy to finally be of use something similar to his friends!
BUT – that wasn’t enough!
He wanted to know what would happen if he was multiplied with another number and off he went to visit the King….
I’m not going to spoil the rest of the book with you. You know what happens when you multiply zero times any number…and then what happens any time you place a zero beside another number 1 becomes 10, 2 becomes 20, and so on. And then you can count 100, 200, 300……
Ok, I promised not to spoil the book so I am not going to share anything else, except this.:my little guy brings this to me almost daily and asks what that silly zero is up to….
I’m so happy we found A Place for Zero! It has been a GREAT addition to our home because it not only helps our children with math, but also many of the struggles they face with finding a place to fit in!
What book have you read lately that teaches your children about math?
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