Author Cindy Neuschwander, an elementary and high school math teacher, decided there weren’t enough storybooks about math for children. So, she started writing her own and now has eight published. She is now a third-grade teacher.
Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry, uses the theme of Egyptian pyramids to introduce solid shapes.
Though children don’t quite realize it, they are learning that some of the characteristics of solid shapes are the number of sides, or faces, they have, and the number of edges and corners, or vertices.
To children reading the book, or grandparents reading to them, there is simply a mystery to be solved, an exotic location – inside the pyramids of Egypt – and children are solving the mystery.
They are also learning about what it might be like to be the children of scientists, traveling with them to an archeological dig in Egypt.
And, they are seeing a brother and sister cooperate. The little girl knows enough hieroglyphics to help them see clues to getting through a pyramid.
The little boy helps interpret the clues.
When my older son was in college, he decided to teach himself hieroglyphics, the ancient Egyptian language, before he eventually decided to go into computers.
There is more than one lesson in this cute book for introducing your grandchildren to solid geometry.
Let your grandchildren help solve the mystery of the pharoah. Order this book from amazon by clicking on the title, Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry.
Carol Covin, Granny-Guru