By the time I wrote my first children’s book The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! I had two grandchildren and my own classroom filled with twenty-nine amazing fourth grade students. Originally I was looking for a book that would help me teach kids math (geometry, measurement, area and perimeter).
Tangrams would be perfect for math and even social studies since tangrams came to the west from China in the late 1800s. I was also looking for a book that could help me teach students how to write. My teaching philosophy is interdisciplinary (all subject areas provide reading and writing experiences). I couldn’t find a book to accomplish all that I wanted to do. Kids love poetry, so I decided to write my book using tangram animal shapes and then write riddles to help the kids not only re-create the shapes, but to learn facts about the animals and fall in love with the sound of language as they create their own critters and word puzzles. Here’s a peek inside The Tangram Zoo…
Here’s what one reviewer has to say:
A great tutoring resource
Like Bette, I am an ex teacher and find her book really useful as a teaching aid now that I am a part-time tutor.
Part of the problem with teaching or tutoring children, is that their attention span often wanders. I am in constant pursuit of resources that will engage them and this fits the bill perfectly.
I would highly recommend it as a teaching aid for parents or tutors. ~ Charles Bray
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