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Math-terpieces – Learn Math Skills and Art History Together
Math-terpieces is a neat tool for developing math skills with your student while also introducing famous art masterpieces. Greg Tang has developed a series of books to help make math enjoyable for kids. This particular book focuses on building computational and problem-solving skills while introducing art history. Components from each art masterpiece are used to display sets of items that students then have to group together to come up with the desired sum.
You could easily work straight through the book. But we usually do a page or two at a time and put the book away for a week or so and bring it back out.
There are a number of famous paintings in this book. You could tie them into what you are already studying or just work through the book. We have recently learned about pointillism in our art lessons and studied the famous painting by Georges Seraut, Sunday Afternoon. We used the Math-terpieces puzzle about this famous painting along with our studies, so it reinforced what we learned in art and gave my son a chance to practice problem solving and addition skills. But often we just pick a painting in Math-terpieces to study and do the accompanying puzzle.
I first became aware of the soft back books which we began using in our homeschool earlier this year. But I recently found that the books are also offered online at gregtangmath.com and students can “play” the books online. And it’s free!
How we use it in our home/what we like about this curriculum:
- We use this as a fun supplement to both our math and art lessons.
- The book is an inexpensive supplement for art, problem solving, and math skills.
- The website is easy to use and free. The website can be used whether you have the book or not.
Math-terpieces is available through Amazon and other book retailers. Greg Tang also offers the following math books:
- Math Fables
- Math Fables Too
- Math For All Seasons
- The Grapes of Math
- Math Appeal
- The Best of Times
- Math Potatoes
We find this inexpensive book to be a fun addition to our art and math studies.
~ Written by Amy Matkovich who blogs at A Journey of Purpose about striving to live the life God has intended through homeschooling, living life simply, managing finances well, and parenting. She is passionate about homeschooling and encouraging families to boldly follow God’s path for their lives.