It's amazing how often math occurs in real life on a daily basis.
Word problems can make my kids instantly squeamish, but they don't
realize how important it is to be able to apply their math facts
when solving everyday problems. Eric and Natalie Yoder, a father
and daughter, have teamed up to provide readers of all ages with
realistic scenarios you must solve with math. Kids will gain valuable
thinking skills while having fun too!
Written for children between the ages of 10-14, this 176-page
paperback consists of 65 one-minute math mysteries. Mysteries are
divided into 5 categories: Math at Home, Math Outside, Math at
Play, Math Every Day, and a Bonus Section. Black-and-white photos
provided for each entertaining math situation add interest. Also
included in the back of the book is a preview of another book by
the Yoders, 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Science, which
actually sounds very appealing to me! I think $9.95 is a decent
price for One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve
Instead of having my children read this book on their own, we
use it during what we call "couch time." This is when we gather
as a family each morning to have Bible time, read-aloud time, etc.
Reading a short math mystery every morning really gets the brain
juices flowing! Plus, I think it promotes healthy competition between
my boys, who are 8 and 11. Honestly, I am learning just as much
as the kids are--I admit math isn't my favorite subject!
Just this morning we read about a predicament which involved replacing
a worn-out kitchen floor. It was the perfect problem for my sixth
grader, who has already studied area, and for my third grader,
who is currently studying area. It involved money too, which definitely
piqued my third grader's interest. He was delighted when he was
the one to reach the correct answer first! Not all of the math
mysteries are as easy as this one, but they are still fun to try
to figure out. Even when my kids are completely clueless and I
have to read the answers, I still feel that they are benefitting
from the information.
I would recommend this book to parents and students who really
love a math challenge and to families who want to start off their
day with a dose of intellectual mystery!