Why the Math and Literature Connection is So Important
Books are incredibly effective tools for teaching. Charlotte Mason homeschoolers certainly understand that fact as it pertains to subjects like history and science. But, did you know the math and literature connection can be just as powerful?
Why Math and Literature?
There are many reasons math and literature pair so well together:
- Books introduce math concepts in a non-threatening way and build interest.
- Good stories make math come alive and children find that math isn’t boring or inaccessible.
- Mathematics within stories provides context that illuminates the meaning of otherwise abstract concepts. This is especially helpful for struggling learners.
- Oftentimes, literature connects math to real life. This gives meaning to “why” math is important.
- Books build connections to math for linguistic learners who tend to think in words.
- Books connect math to other subject areas, which helps children innately learn that all subjects are intertwined.
- Some books offer sneaky ways to review math facts.
- Gifted mathematicians can benefit from literature connections, especially when books present concepts in new ways or dive deeper than the student has been before.
- Some books are excellent at presenting math as critical thinking.
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