Bedtime Math

Laura Overdeck of Bedtime Math Featured in New York Times

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The New York Times in a recent “Close at Hand” article from their Food section, highlighted Bedtime Math’s founder, Laura Overdeck and her practical yet playful approach to teaching children math.

Mrs. Overdeck who holds a BA in Physics from Princeton has been fascinated with figuring out how mechanical appliances work since her youth. Today, she shares her passion for math with children around the country through her non-profit Bedtime Math.

Mrs. Overdeck designed Bedtime Math to be a fun, interactive educational tool that parents can use to teach math and problem solving skills to their children.

Among Bedtime Math’s many great resources for parents is a trilogy of books which use charming illustrations alongside short problem sets that the kids can work on before they go to bed. Each problem set then has three levels of questions designed for different ages: Wee Ones, Little Kids, and Big Kids.

The Council for Economic Education is happy to work alongside Mrs. Overdeck and Bedtime Math in raising the standards of education in the U.S. CEE’s vision is for children of all ages to get the “math bug” and begin exploring the many wonderful ways in which math effects every area of their life, whether it is building castles out of LEGOs, designing engines for NASA, or simply getting the right amount of eggs and milk into the cake mix.

 

POSTED: May 29, 2015 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , ,

Money Math Mondays: Pennies by the Pound

bedtime math e1428354300625 Money Math Mondays: Pennies by the PoundThe Council for Economic Education is excited to link to Bedtime Math’s “Money Math Mondays” math problems during Financial Literacy Month. Parents have been snuggling up with their children for bedtime stories for generations. Why not do the same with math problems? Bedtime Math was created by Laura Overdeck, a mother with a degree in astrophysics, to help parents increase “math awareness” by taking a fun story, picture or video and creating math problems for toddlers, pre-school and elementary school children to solve in their heads. Click here to see how Bedtime Math gets your kids thinking about saving money:

CEE has hundreds of free lessons available for K-12 teachers on EconEdLink.org. Check out these lessons on saving:

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Grades K-2, 3-5
The ABCs of Saving
This lesson will introduce students to three elements they need to understand in order to save successfully. A is for Aim: setting a goal. B is for Bank: creating a place to put savings. C is for coins and currency: making saving money a habit.

Grades 6-8
Climbing the Savings Mountain
Students discover how saving money can be compared to a mountain climb. The climb can be fast or slow, safe or hazardous, scenic or thrilling. You will find out that there is more than one way to get to the top!

Grades 9-12 (Math)
Spending Multipliers
Students learn the definition of marginal propensity to consume and marginal propensity to save. Then they participate in a simulation to demonstrate how the marginal propensity to consume and marginal propensity to save influence the economy through the multiplier effect.

Grades 9-12 (Economics)
A Penny Saved
After reading the comic book, “A Penny Saved,” published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, students use a compound interest formula and a table to see the effects of compounding and learn the Rule of 72.

POSTED: April 6, 2015 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , ,

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