(PRWEB) December 3, 2005
Writer and music producer Susan Jarema has written the new children’s book “Nena’s Math Force” to inspire children to see the importance of understanding the basics of math. In this magical story, characters from the Googol Power Math Series help a young girl named Nena to build her Math Force. Great Thinkers and historical characters such as Archimedes, Galileo, Da Vinci, Mozart and Cleopatra are called upon to help Nena discover the patterns in numbers, develop number sense and make sure she does not only rely on memorization of her math facts.
Comprehending the basics of math requires a combination of making sure your child understands the patterns in numbers and learning basic facts. Sometimes you need to be able to quickly recall basic arithmetic. New math curriculums have evolved to focus more time on gaining an understanding of numbers and problem solving. However, we still need to make sure our children learn the facts.
So how is your child’s Math Force? Do they understand the basics and have number sense? Can they apply the math they know to new problems? Do they remember how to do arithmetic if they haven’t done it in a while? Can they make simple calculations in their head? Do they know quickly what is 6+8 or 6x8? How about 48 ÷ 12? Can they estimate answers without using a calculator?
We all want our children to be successful at school and in math. Most children start off liking math. After grade four, however, many children lose their interest because they never took the time to memorize the times tables. They have trouble keeping up in class, lose confidence and unfortunately start to develop an aversion to math.
Jarema’s goal is to make math exciting to kids before they lose interest. “I want children to get the basics down early so they find learning math easy and become confident,” says Jarema. “In my new children’s book, a young girl improves her ‘Math Force’ through goal setting, determination and by having fun learning. The book provides many ideas for parents on how they can help guide their own child to learn the basics.”
Susan Jarema, also known as the “The Learning Lady”, is the founder of Googol Learning and the producer of the award-winning Googol Power Math Series. Susan and her Googol Power puppets will be visiting schools and libraries across Canada to read her new book and create more excitement about math. “Nena’s Math Force” can be viewed free online at http://www.googolpower.com/ebook.php.
The Learning with Googol Power website also provides other free resources such as music, videos, worksheets, games, articles, lessons and contests to promote family learning. Visit http://www.googolpower.com.
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