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The Littlest Math Book Review

This weeks spotlight is an adorable book: The Littlest Math Book and true to it's name it IS the littlest math book we own =)
The Littlest Math Book a Homeschooling6 Review
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What I really like about this math book is its small size. This is going to be fun for Lance who needs this kind of small writing therapy. I love all of Sarah's therapy ideas.

The Littlest Math Book is unique in that it helps link up right and left brain thinking. The child works with numbers using logic which gets the brain working in a new way. What a great way to learn those adding and subtracting math facts. The Thinking Tree has done it again with making learning more fun!
The Littlest Math Book Review by Homeschooling6
As you can see in the image above, it is adorably cute! Perfect to take along and get some learning in while waiting at the doctors office or wherever errands and appointments take you and your little one. Get two and keep one in your purse to always have on hand!

This little math book is not only for a child who is trying to memorize math facts but older kids too. If you have a child who memorized the math facts but doesn't understand the process this will help. The Littlest Math Book uses logic to help children understand how math works on a basic level.

So if you have a child who can add 4+7 but doesn't understand that 11-4= 7 then you just might want this book. I believe it will be a fun way to get your child understanding math and kids like it because of its fun size.
The Littlest Math Book Review by Homeschooling6
This is a great beginner math book for children who can count to 50 and know how to write numbers.
The Littlest Math Book Review by Homeschooling6
 Learning is a lot more fun when you have cute characters in your math book.
The Littlest Math Book Review by Homeschooling6
 The Littlest Math Book uses fact families and logic.
The Littlest Math Book Review by Homeschooling6
Because this book is so incredibly cute you might mistake the cuteness equals simple and easy, not so. The problems in The Littlest Math Book are actually working the brain because the child has to use logic to find the missing number.

If you will notice in the pictures that your child is not only completing 5+3 but also problems like 3+_= 8 or in one "family" 5+? = ?. Now that is a brain workout!
Your child will get a chance to make their own Math Mystery problems.  I love how The Thinking Tree uses the words "math mystery" instead of math problems. By changing the word "problem" to "mystery" it triggers the brain to think of math as a fun way to solve something instead of it being a "problem". 
 When children are having fun with learning - they are more apt to remember. This book is all about having fun while learning and practicing their adding and subtracting.

It's interactive too! Mom, dad, or older siblings can get involved but not in a boring - time consuming way. 
 If you are using a Thinking Tree journal have your child use the Math Time pages creating Math Mysteries or copying the math facts from this book.
In the back of the book there are Math Practice Pages. Your child can practice the troublesome math facts or create some for mom or an older sibling to complete. Once he is done making YOUR math facts and you've completed them, he can correct moms work. Kids learn by teaching mom!

If your little one enjoys using colored pencils or gel pens have him make each number and symbol using a different color. Oh, and your child can make patterns with the Math Practice Pages too using highlighters, markers, or colored pencils.
What do you think of the size of this math book? Sarah is considering making it available in a larger size for younger students. The thinking behind the size is it's good thing for children to learn to write tiny.
From the author of The Littlest Math Book:
"When the brain is engaging in a new activity, like writing tiny, new pathways are formed.  These pathways inner lock with more areas of the brain so that the child is able to remember and retrieve what they are learning in a more powerful way.  Anytime a new challenge is introduced that connects academics with fine motor skills, and creative thinking the brain wiring for powerful thinking is super charged.  That's why we are the Thinking Tree (Not the Memory Stone) all our materials are designed to help children develop the most powerful thinking skills so they can thrive, use logic and creativity in any situation they find them selves in.

Most teachers are content with memorization, but we want to empower the child's thinking abilities.  That tiny writing is hard at first, but possible if the child has the right tools, like a mechanical pencil or a .05 tip pen. The ability to do detail work at a young age also prepares children for future work, for example if they grow up to be a scientist that dissects things, an artist, or a surgeon they will WISH they had these skills.  It is in early childhood when these skill really have the greatest impact.  So don't be discouraged about the challenge of writing tiny, just give your child the best tools to do it - unless they have a vision problem.  Even dyslexics can do the tiny detail work."


  1. This looks like a math book my five-year old would love. I think the size works great. My little guy actually complains when he has to write really big on the wide lines. He prefers smaller writing for sure.

    1. I bought one for Lance and myself to work through together. I love that it's little -it makes for a special math book. I have never seen a math book like this before :)

  2. I think this size would be especially nice for the littler crowd. I think the big books can seem intimidating, but a nice little book for little hands would be inviting.

    PS...I sent you something via email the other day and wanted to make sure you got it.

  3. Yes, my 8 year old would love this and it would give her the extra practice she needs! Such a great idea.

  4. My 9 yr old would love this and could really benefit from learning to right smaller.

    1. I think it's great that they have to write smaller.