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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Make Math Fun with Books & Programs at Bridgewater Library.

Between our Leap Day – Math Play program last week and our upcoming Pi Day Program on March 14th (of course!) – we are busy celebrating Math at Bridgewater Library this month.

All ages challenge – stop by the library on March 14th and recite Pi to the farthest number you can memorize.  We’ll keep score and give you a medal for trying!  Celebrate International Pi Day with  stories,  mathematical art and fun! Everyone from Preschoolers to Pre-teens will have lots of fun things to do.  Monday, March 14, 2016 
4:30 - 5:30 PM Register
HERE.

Want to make your kids more math savvy every day of the year?   Check out these booklists & activity suggestions courtesy of www.whatdowedoallday.com:

10 MATH BOOKS FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS

Math books for babies and toddlers that support early learning of patterns and numbers.

www.whatdowedoallday.com/2015/01/math-books-for-babies-and-toddlers.html  The toddler set is focusing on pattern learning, relative sizes and pairing. Their attention span for lap-sitting and reading is also very short. Focus on books with engaging, happy and simple text and bold, pattern-oriented illustrations. Just remember, your baby and toddler does not need how to learn to add and subtract!  More ideas 10 ways to make math fun for babies and toddlers!
10 ways to make math fun for babies and toddlers.

MATH BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Math books for preschoolers, kids ages 3 to 5. www.whatdowedoallday.com/2015/02/math-books-preschoolers.html In no way is there a dearth of counting, shape and pattern books for preschoolers. This book list is a great way to start, but is by no means exhaustive! Once you start looking at the library you will easily find many more to add to your reading list. For more on easy and fun hands-on activities to encourage your young children to love math, read 7 Simple Math Activities for Preschool at The Measured Mom.

Preschool math activities


 

MATH PICTURE BOOKS (KINDERGARTEN, 1ST AND 2ND GRADES)


Math picture books to teach concepts in kindergarten to first grade

www.whatdowedoallday.com/2015/02/math-picture-books.html -- math books that incorporate concepts into engaging stories, or books that challenge kids to see math in the natural world around them rather than “math teaching books.” More age appropriate math activities from The Measured Mom that will help your kids develop a love of math from the get-go!

want kids to love math grades K-2


11 ADVANCED CONCEPT MATH PICTURE BOOKS

Math picture books that make math fun for 8-12 year olds

www.whatdowedoallday.com/2015/03/advanced-concept-math-picture-books.html  These math picture books look at a wide variety of more advanced concepts, from fractals to factorials. They are good for the upper elementary grades and even up to age 12.  And here are some more ideas on how to make math fun for 8 to 12 year olds.

How to make math fun for ages 8-12.

FIBONACCI BOOKS FOR KIDS

Fibonacci books for kids. Learn about the Fibonacci number sequence.

www.whatdowedoallday.com/2012/02/fibonacci-books-for-kids.html 

Add math to your nature walks – see  if their patterns in flowers, leaves, pine cones etc. adhere to the sequence and try out an open-ended Fibonacci art project!

MATH CHAPTER BOOKS AND STORY COLLECTIONS

Math Chapter Books for kids: a list of more than 10 titles

Math chapter books and story collections where mathematical concepts play a crucial part of the story. They are excellent tools for cross-curriculum learning. Best of all, even if your child’s favorite subject in school is art or drama or history, all of the books make math accessible and tell a good story. (And by the way, if your kid loves art, try one of these amazing math art projects for kids.) 

 

8 MATH REFERENCE BOOKS FOR KIDS

Fun math books for kids ages 7 and up. Elementary and middle school kids.

whatdowedoallday.com also offers more than 100 other great booklists on myriad topics

And check out our fun math book display this month on the area behind the Youth Services Desk.

Looking for a fun way to make math part of your family’s daily activities?  bedtimemath.org offers fun and interesting daily math problems -- 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Here’s an example:

 

SHOOTING-STAR SKYDIVERS

Skydiving is one of the craziest sports out there. You jump out of a plane thousands of feet up in the sky, fall at over 100 miles an hour, then pull your “parachute” to slow you down to land. But if LOTS of skydivers jump at once, they can grab each other’s arms to link up and make pictures in the sky. These 164 skydivers hold the world record for the biggest crowd dive, jumping out of 7 planes over Chicago. If you watchthe video, you see how they steered themselves to fall faster or slower to meet each other in the sky. Some fell as fast as 175 miles an hour! They planned out the design down on the ground, then figured out who should grab whom…after all, some divers have a stronger right or left hand, and some dive faster than others. Their totally awesome star shape broke the record of 100 group divers — and everyone’s parachute worked!

Wee ones: How many points does the skydiver star shape have? Remember where you started counting!

Little kids: If 4 people grab hands, and they need 6 in total to make a loop, how many more divers need to join them?  Bonus: The group’s very first dive had just 18 people. If you had gotten to be one of them, how many skydivers would have jumped with you?

Big kids: The old record had 100 people jump in a square. How many more divers did this group have? Bonus: If 12 of the 164 had made a center circle, and the rest of the divers had fanned out to make 8 equal chains, how many divers would have made each chain? (Hint if needed: 8 is 2 x 2 x 2, so to divide by 8, just cut in half 3 times in a row!)

Click HERE for the answers.

AROUND THE COMMUNITY:


ONE DAY ONLY -- FREE MUSEUMS IN NJ & NYC

March 12th is a special edition Museum Day Live!*

Download your free Museum Day Live! ticket today

It’s easy to get a ticket!

        1. Create an account — or — Log in to your existing account

        2. Select your state and a museum

        3. Download your ticket to print and bring with you!

New for March 2016 is a special edition of Museum Day Live!, providing an opportunity to the public, especially women and girls throughout the U.S. to enjoy and share in our nation’s dynamic heritage and cultural life.

Smithsonian Magazine | MRC 513, P.O. Box 37012 | Washington, D.C. 20013


19TH ANNUAL STAGES FESTIVAL RUNS THROUGH MARCH AT VARIOUS VENUES AROUND NJ

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New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents

THE 19th ANNUAL STAGES FESTIVAL

The state’s largest celebration of theatre with FREE and discounted tickets to over 85 professional performances, workshops, and events throughout New Jersey in March 2016.

Performance at Passage Theatre of Trenton during the 2015 Stages Festival - Photo by Jerry DaliaNew Jersey Theatre Alliance and its partners and funders are pleased to present the 19th annual Stages Festival (Stages), a statewide, month-long festival of theatre offering over 85 theatre performances and programs for children and adultsfree of charge or at significantly discounted rates. Events will take place at theatres, arts centers, libraries, schools, hospitals, and other community venues throughout the state. Most events require registration. For a full listing of events, program details, and registration information visit stagesfestival.org. (Top: Performance at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey during the 2015 Stages Festival—returning to New Jersey in March 2016! Photo by Ruth Zamoyta; Above Right: Performance at Passage Theatre in Trenton. Photo by Jerry Dalia)

For other programs at the library and around the community, click here: bwlibys.blogspot.com


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