Moving Through Math

Pre-School-5th Grade
$12.99-$62.90

 

We must engage learners through music and movement, through storytelling, through pictures and writing, through social interactions, and through personal reflection.

And we must teach this way even when the subject is mathematics or science.

 

Marcia Daft is the Founder and Artistic Director of Moving Through Math. Marcia’s company produces and publishes children’s books, instructional materials, and videos that teach math in a fun and unique way. She uses active, movement-based, arts integrated instruction to teach math– combining math, music, and movement. I’ve always been keen on combining math and music—adding movement to the mix is pure genius!

Her educational and fun products include the following–

 

  • Rhythm and Movement Cards— Set of 54 cards includes eight Learning Activity cards for children ages 4-8. Patterns are represented five different ways — through colors, pictures, words, rhythm and movement. When kids play along, they see how “Everything in math is a pattern!”

    These cards can be used in a variety of ways. For instance, if you’d like to explore rhythm, movement, and math, you can combine the cards with Marcia’s children’s book, Clap, Drum, and Shake It! If your goal is to teach in-depth about repeating patterns, you can combine the cards with the instructional book, Repeating Patterns: Laying the Foundation for Elementary Mathematics.

  • Moving Through Math Repeating Patterns: Laying the Foundation for Elementary Mathematics — For kids in grades K-2. This 98-page book is the first in the Patterns Foundations Series. The lessons in this book help teachers/parents move beyond simply asking, “What comes next in this pattern?” The lessons get kids out of their chairs to move and learn how patterns and organized and constructed.

    You can view the table of contents here.

    The Rhythm and Movement cards are needed to teach these lessons.

  • Moving Through Math: Skip Counting — For kids in grades 1-2. This 120-page book is the second in the Patterns Foundations Series. With this book, kids explore skip counting through rhythm, movement, number charts, and more. Students master equal grouping concepts and become prepared for multiplication and division.

    You can view the table of contents here.

    The Rhythm and Movement cards are needed to teach these lessons.

  • Multiplication and Division – For grades 2-5. This 108-page book is the third in the Patterns Foundations Series. It begins with a review of patterns, skip counting, and repeated addition. Kids snap, clap, slap, and stomp their way through multiplication and division. Kids realize that groupings, sets, and patterns are common to both music and math.

    With this program, students stand up and perform their understanding of factors and multiples. They learn to use clear, accurate language to explain the relationships between multiplication and division.   An added bonus for sure!

    You can view the table of contents here.

    The Rhythm and Movement cards are needed to teach these lessons.

The Moving Through Math instructional materials for teachers (parents) encourage adults and kids to play together and have fun with math. That’s certainly easy with this program!

You can see videos of Marcia teaching here. The videos give so much insight into the HOW of teaching this program. I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated. Maybe awed is a better word. Or impressed. I was definitely impressed. And I thought to myself, ” I can learn to do that!” I might be a little slower, but I can do that!

When you see how positively your kids respond to Moving Through Math, you’ll want to check out Marcia’s other products. To learn about Moving Through Science, click here. Her products are fun and energizing. When kids have fun, the knowledge they gain, tends to stick.

Click here to read the Moving Through Math review from the Mathematical Association of America! I don’t usually cite others’ reviews, but I think in this situation, it’s appropriate!