So many things we do in everyday life are based on our understanding of mathematical concepts. Pattern recognition, sorting, measuring – these are only some of the skills young children learn through play and stories.
Sizes and their comparison are a main element of the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. Maybe the children will be inspired to conduct their own hands-on investigation of the cooling times of the porridge – how can we measure volume and temperature?
Size also plays an important role in Where’s my teddy? The children use comparative and superlative adjectives when comparing and sorting things, which highlights the strong link between STEM learning and language development.
Reading Shh! We have a plan can encourage children to go from sorting by size to an understanding of the meaning of numbers and their value.
With our book recommendations, we want to spark an interest in children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Most books go beyond the obvious STEM connections and can be a great starting point for exploring children’s questions and ideas further.
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Article author: Kerstin Johnson
Content Editor & Resources Developer
With many years’ experience developing educational materials for print and online publishing, Kerstin aims to use her editing and writing skills to produce engaging and user-friendly content across all our platforms.