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I wrote "Help Me Learn Addition" to help kindergarteners and other young children keep up with today's Common Core Standards in Mathematics for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1. To help children learn, the book offers beautiful playful photographs by Chad Phillips and rhymes by me to help children, parents and teachers be successful in the learning/teaching process.


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Using the clean photographic style and bouncing rhymes of Marzollo's
"I SPY" series (Scholastic), this energetic picture book features basic math concepts such as counting, addition, counting by twos and fives, using tally marks, subtraction, and division. Child-friendly objects such as marbles, finger puppets, and animal figurines demonstrate each concept. The book is well suited for reading aloud, with mathematical challenges worked into the verses, allowing rhymes to give clues to the answers. Phillips's brightly colored photos make effective use of negative space to highlight specific mathematical elements; the book as a whole demonstrates similar thoughtfulness in the way concepts progress in difficulty, building from previous examples so as not to overwhelm. – SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Intended to support the Common Core State Standards for math skills learned in kindergarten, this colorful book helps children progress from counting to simple addition. The short, rhyming text provides direction, while photos of small objects offer opportunities for children to count or to add. One double-page spread features knitted finger puppets of animals, while others show a variety of appealing items which show up clearly against the backgrounds. The text challenges children to determine the number of objects by counting (by ones, twos, or fives) and/or by addition. Each calculation is also written numerically (e.g. 7 + 3 = 10.)
A final spread previews subtraction through two brief, illustrated stories. Besides advising adults on using the book with children, Marzollo's appended note suggests how parents can help toddlers and preschoolers grasp the concept of addition a naturally as they learn to count. As playful as it useful. - BOOKLIST




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