Sunday, June 23, 2013

Bedtime Math: A Book Launch, Giveaway, and Pajama Party!


Let’s face it: When you ask kids to list fun activities, you’re highly unlikely to hear them mention “math”! Unfortunately, math has gotten a bad rep in the past. But Laura Overdeck, a mother and trained astrophysicist, is on a mission to get people excited about math. Her national non-profit organization, Bedtime Math, wants to make nightly math problems as common as the bedtime story. And part of that effort involves the release of a new book called Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late.

Every activity in Bedtime Math is designed to be fun! For example, the first chapter is called “Exploding Food.” (That’s sure to get kids’ attention!) One of the activities is called “Playing Ketchup.” It talks about struggling to get ketchup out of a glass bottle (something we can all relate to), which is why the plastic ketchup squirt bottle was invented. Of course, kids aren’t encouraged to squirt ketchup in bed, but they can read about it, look at the fun illustration by Jim Paillot (showing kids playing with ketchup) and then answer the accompanying math question according to their age (Wee ones, Little kids, Big kids). For instance, the “Big kids” question asks: If you squirt 2 cups of ketchup, and each cup used 14 tomatoes, how many tomatoes’ worth of ketchup did you just squirt? Kids will be giggling over the thought of squirting ketchup!

Check out this video for a sneak peek at Bedtime Math:



In addition to Exploding Food, other fun chapters include Wild Pets, Extreme Vehicles, Sports You Shouldn’t Try at Home, and Really Odd Jobs.

Reading a story at bedtime has become a childhood tradition. Let’s do the same for math and make problem-solving a nightly ritual, too! It’s easy to do with a copy of Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late. I hope you’ll pick up a copy for your family! CLICK HERE for more information.

Attend a Bedtime Math Pajama Party!
During the week of June 24-30, 2013, libraries and bookstores across the country will be celebrating the release of Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late by hosting Bedtime Math Pajama Parties! These fun events give families a chance to take part in the national movement to make math a fun, relevant, and enjoyable part of everyday life. These free, family-friendly events are aimed at children ages 3-8 and their parents, and will include a variety of math-inspired games and activities. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their pajamas and be ready to play! CLICK HERE to find out if there’s a Pajama Party near you! Please call ahead or contact your library or bookstore for more information -- some parties may require a reservation.



GIVEAWAY

One lucky family will win a hardcover copy of Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late, by Laura Overdeck! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, July 7, 2013.



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36 comments:

  1. I learned they also have a math blog for parents and educators called Add It Up.

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  2. The kids sticker calendar is cool.

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  3. They will email you a daily math problem with free subscription to email newsletter and it is a cool site..

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  4. I like that they have pajama parties. The one closest to me is on Thursday!!

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  5. I like the fact that they have an app for that!!!!

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  6. you can get daily math problem via email!

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  7. They have pajama parties!

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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  8. I learned that an astronaut sees a sunrise every 90 minutes orbiting the Earth.

    Thanks!
    Jayme H.

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  9. I love the bedtime math video!
    jackieque@comcast.net

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  10. I love you can sign up to get a math problem sent to your email daily! I signed up! :D

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  11. you can get problems sent to you my hubby would even love that

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  12. I would like the Bedtime Math T-Shirt for my daughter

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  13. I like that you can get the daily math problem & pajama parties....Super cool!

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  14. I liked the meltdown post showing various melting points for certain things. lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  15. I like the bedtime math game. This would be great for my daughter.

    Les Johnson

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  16. I like that they have an iphone app. My grandson loves playing games on my phone. I am always looking for educational games he can play.
    donovandiva61269@aol.com

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  17. bn1005:58 PM

    like the ideas for families

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  18. The liberty bell is 3ft tall but weighs over 2,000 lbs. Amazing!

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  19. Daniel M6:33 PM

    bedtime math game looks fun - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  20. I like their bedtime math t-shirts

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  21. I like the educators section.

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  22. As a homeschooler, I like the daily math problems.

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  23. I like the math problem a day sign up hopefully I can use this with my son

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  24. I like the bedtime math game :))

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  25. Learned-Bedtime Math is the brainchild of Laura Bilodeau Overdeck.

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  26. I like that you can download a free one month calendar so they can keep track of their progress.

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  27. It's pretty cool that you can get a daily math problem via email and that they have pj parties

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  28. Love the app and the videos
    jcabeansatyahoodotcom

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  29. I loved the ideas for families section

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  30. I love that they will e-mail a math problem to you every day! What a great way to get kids thinking about math during the summer

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  31. Anonymous2:34 PM

    The daily email math problems are quite cool really!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  32. I like the Bedtime Math T-Shirt

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  33. I learned that the company is located in Summit, New Jersey.

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  34. I like the Summer of Numbers calendar

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