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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Got Math?

Is one of your New Year's Resolutions to work on your MATH? If so, we can help. Our library has plenty of resources for kids - and parents - who want to know more about math or any other homework topic. Check out the Homework Help database on the Finger Lakes Library System. All you need is your library card number to get connected.

To get to the database click here. (You can also find a link to the databases on the library website - look for a link under Candor Library Links to the right.) Once you're in the database list, click on "Homework Help" and you'll find online encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines and something called "Kid Info Bits".
You'll need to log in with your library card, but once there, "Kid Info Bits" is where you'll find homework help for all sorts of subjects: plants, animals, inventions and more. If you want math help, look for this blackboard icon. Click on it, and then go find the Math & Measurement button and you're on your way.

We've also got some new books for the math explorer in your home. Most of these are aimed at the K-second grade level, but they're great for parents who need a quick review before helping at the homework table.
There are a series of books by Kelly Boswell, each about a different aspect of math. Diagrams, diagrams, diagrams! introduces differnt kinds of diagrams and the great ways they can help you sort all kinds of information. Topics include Venn diagrams, flow chart, tree diagrams and more.

She's got another about graphing (Graphs, graphs, graphs!) that shows how you can use graphs to sort information: pictographs, bar graphs, line graphs, pie graphs... 
Timelines, timelines, timelines!introduces different sorts of timelines as a way to organize data. There are picture timelines, vertical timelines, horizontal timelines, circle timelines and map timelines.

Every year, the kids at Candor Elementary School celebrate their 100th day of school. If you're looking for cool ideas to celebrate, check out 100 ways to celebrate 100 days by Bruce Goldston. There are ideas for collecting and counting, baking and bouncing, reading and writing... what about recycling 100 cans or walking 100 steps in a particular direction? 
How about making a snake out of 100 beads or learning how to say "hello" in 100 languages? There are ideas for measuring, rolling dice, reading books, writing poems, and creating designs using 100 triangles or other shapes.

For those who just want to have fun with math - check out the puzzlers at Bedtime Math. There are daily math puzzles for "wee ones", little kids, and big kids. They're fun to play around with before bed because they're stories with a puzzle, but you can do them for breakfast too - or even while riding in a car.
You can sign up at the Bedtime Math website for a daily puzzle to be delivered to your email, or you can just click on the handy blue "Bedtime Math" button over in the right-hand column next to "Library Links"