Math is a tough one for me, but I am truly enjoying teaching Tbomb math. I love finding new ways of teaching him a concept. Even when he seems to have "mastered" something, I look for a new way to teach it to him to make sure that he is actually learning it, and not just memorizing things. I strive to make it fun for him, so when I was offered a copy of Peg + Cat: The Pizza Problem, I knew this would be the book for him because he loves that cartoon!
We are starting to study a little about fractions, like quarters and halves. He's getting it, but a visual is always best, especially in the form of characters he loves! Peg + Cat: The Pizza Problem ($10.72), by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson, definitely caught his attention.
It’s lunchtime at Peg’s Pizza Place! Peg and Cat are excited to take their first order — from the Teens! — only to learn that some of their customers want a whole pizza while one of them wants half a pie. How can Peg and Cat make half a pie when they don’t know what half is? Luckily, Ramone and Mac are there to help, with a slice up the middle of the pizza. As more customers come in, things get entertaining, with Peg singing a jazzy song and Cat doing a dance. But soon there’s another problem: four orders, but only two and a half pizzas left. Peg is totally freaking out — until Cat reminds her that when it comes to halves and wholes, it’s all in how you slice it.Of course, pizza is just about the best way to teach about fractions (especially when we can eat it!). Tbomb has already asked for pizza for dinner, asked for the book several times, and is starting to recognize fractions in everyday life! I think tomorrow night, well have pizza and the book!