It is cleanup time, and Daddy and his little one are putting away books, blocks, teddy bears, and train cars, washing hands, and preparing for dinner—all while having fun with math! As Daddy talks with his toddler, he uses spatial-relationship math words and phrases like up, down, inside, outside, next to, and under to reinforce his young learner’s understanding. When it is dinnertime, the little one proudly demonstrates an understanding of down when helping to set the table and up while enjoying the first delicious bite!
A playful story that models engaging conversations between parent and child, Clean Up, Up, Up! includes a note by early childhood education expert Susan C. Levine that shows parents and caregivers how everyday activities offer rich opportunities to teach early spatial math concepts.
This book is based on work supported in part by TERC under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.
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There are two versions of this book, one with English only and one with both English and Spanish. I read the dual book and as Spanish is not a language that I would be learning, I would have preferred the English only version. I found there was a lot of text and it was a bit distracting. This story features a father/child relationship cleaning up and performing other daily tasks. Each two page spread offers simple language and key words involving position and/or location. Repeated reading of this book would help the child to learn these concepts as well as the idea that cleaning up is an expectation and normal part of life (some children are never taught to clean up). I enjoyed the use of BOLDFACE text for the short words or phrases that will urge children to echo or chime in with the reading. The illustrations are wonderful. They are bright, realistic and full of detail. There is a note to parents and caregivers sharing how everyday activities offer rich opportunities to teach early spatial math concepts. As a retired teacher, I can not stress the importance of using those teachable moments enough. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
A loving daddy and his little one, through everyday conversation, explore spatial relationships as they relate to his little one's world. It's tidy up time and as Daddy helps his tot clean up, up, up he introduces his toddler to math words and phrases: books go up on the top shelf, stuffed bears go back inside their house for a nap, and a rogue caboose that is stuck back behind a chair needs to go under the bed where it belongs. After all that hard work it's time to wash up up up for dinner and eat Mommy's great cooking. Up, up, up goes the spoon many, many times causing the corner of everyone's mouth to do the same. Yum! Delicious! This book includes a note from early childhood education expert Susan C. Levine that shows parents and caregivers how everyday activities offer rich opportunities to teach early spatial math concepts. This book is based on work supported in part by TERC under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.