***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
As a homeschooling Mom, I like to provide as much opportunity for learning as possible. Education doesn't end when the lesson is over in my home. We further enrich the kids' learning during playtime, too. Oh, and of course we have plenty of reading time as well. What kid doesn't love spending time getting lost in a book, after all?
One of our favorite children's book companies is Hands-on-Prints. These beautifully created, Montessori style books offer a creative, visually stunning, multi-cultural approach towards learning that Sophie and Xander both love. (Check out our previous review of select Hands-on-Prints books to see even more titles!)
Hands-on-Prints has a couple of great new books available that focus on numbers. Early math skills are incredibly important, since math is used in so many aspects of our daily lives, from measuring ingredients to cook with to budgeting to fixing a broken vehicle. Math truly is everywhere. Luckily, Hands-on-Prints makes the introduction of numbers a fun and enriching experience.
Moving with Numbers by: Christina Cheung
Illustrated by: Tong Wu
Learning numbers in Chinese is easy! The double act of tracing the textured numbers with the fingers and seeing the character strokes conveyed through a physical activity will help children learn their numbers in Chinese more effectively.
For example, take a look at the number 3 above. Here you see the Chinese symbol for 3, as well as 3 characters carrying poles that also represent the number 3.
As you can see, this book is beautifully illustrated, and offers kids several ways to remember numbers. There are symbols, an action illustration, and even dots to tell what the number shown is. I really like this approach, as it allows kids to broaden their thinking and approach learning numbers in a variety of ways. Learning to count in Chinese, too? Added bonus!
A Handful of Numbers by: Christinia Cheung & Han Tran
Illustrated by: Tong Wu
A Handful of Numbers introduces children to numbers one to ten. Rhyming lines take the reader through the various features of our Earth and of this world: One Earth, Two Poles, Three Oceans, Four Directions, Five Geologic Layers, Six Colors of the Rainbow, Seven Continents, Eight Planets, Nine Weather Patterns, and Ten Fingers (that build and shape the world).
This book is also absolutely gorgeous, and features stunning illustrations of our planet Earth and the wonderful world that we live in.
I especially love the fact that it includes lots of rhyming words. This makes the story flow quite nicely when read aloud, and helps teach little ones to rhyme.
While this is a short book, it's jam-packed with information. Kids will learn about so many different aspects of our world, from continents and oceans to colors, planets, and weather patterns. It's definitely a must have for any library. This book is a favorite here, and have given my kids enthusiasm for science!
Overall, I would definitely recommend Hands-on-Prints books to any family who wants to offer their children Montessori-style learning. It comes in especially helpful for homeschooling families like mine! Be sure to check out all of their amazing, educational titles!
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