Making connections and visualizing are important skills for the overall development of a child and a teacher doesn't have to wait for "reading time" to help students with these skills.
Likewise, parents can switch up their bedtime story routine by incorporating books that have a mathematical basis.
Incorporating picture books and comprehension strategies into your routine even just once a week will help a child begin to understand that math truly is everywhere and all around us while giving them the space and time to make sense of mathematical concepts in a non threatening way.
Access to these rich stories with a mathematical base is the first step and thankfully, there is a growing collection of high-quality children's books that focus on mathematical concepts.
Below, I have compiled a list of eight such books that specifically focus on building reasoning and sense-making within the domain of algebra.
Head to your local library to check out these titles, purchase online for your e-reader, or buy a few hard copies to start building your own collection of quality math books.
8 Picture Books that Promote Algebraic Reasoning and Sense Making:
PRO TIP FOR TEACHERS:
•When you add a title to your classroom library collection, place a label on the front or back cover of book indicating "algebraic reasoning" or whatever the concept might be for a book. This way you can quickly access which books to pull for planning purposes throughout the year.