Horse Lover’s Math is intentionally designed to encourage girls to stay engaged in STEM subjects
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Surrey, B.C. (PRWEB) June 18, 2013
Learning opportunities are a part of life, they’re everywhere - even in a horse barn. Horse Lover’s Math http://www.horseloversmath.com, aimed at grades 4 to 6, uses real-life stories and information about horses as the context for generating math questions. Kids will learn about horses and improve their math skills at the same time.
Horses are a passion for many children, especially girls. What better way to engage and motivate children to learn math than through a passion they already have – horses. Studies show that a gender gap in math achievement continues to be observed not only in math scores but in the number of female students entering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.
Deborah Stacey, the creator of Horse Lover’s Math, notes that, “Horse Lover’s Math is intentionally designed to encourage girls to stay engaged in STEM subjects.”
Horse Lover’s Math uses historical and contemporary news about horses as the context for understanding math through horses. From Zack the Jumping Zebra to scientific research on the wild horses of Shackelford Island, Horse Lover’s Math gives children the opportunity to apply the math they learn in school to an area of interest many of them already have - horses.
A series of three math workbooks are planned, one for each grade level. The grade 4 workbook is currently in production and scheduled for release in early 2014.
According to the B.C. Ministry of Education Curriculum Branch, “Understanding how number operations relate to real-world experiences is critical to being able to solve problems, and this understanding also forms the basis for the future learning of algebra. Knowing ‘how and why’ deepens students’ understanding of mathematics.”
For kids who love horses, Horse Lover's Math makes the connection between the real-world of horses, math and a child's desire to learn.
For more information, visit http://www.horseloversmath.com.
If you would like more information about Horse Lover’s Math, or to schedule an interview with Deborah Stacey, call Deborah at 604 535 2477 or email her at horseloversmath(at)gmail(dot)com.