Don’t fear math

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By Kirsten Laskey

Math should not be something to fear. In fact, if approached from the right perspective, the subject can be fun.

The Los Alamos Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW), in conjunction with Mesa Public Library Family Night, is showing off this sometimes overlooked side of math during the Let’s Read Math Program at 7 p.m. Monday at Mesa Public Library. The program will present “Grand Father Tang’s Story.”

“Grandfather Tang’s Story” by Ann Tompert and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker is a tale told with tangrams. The math concept is spatial relations. After the story is read, the children will work with tangrams to create the creatures featured in the story.

The whole objective around this, explained Natalie Markin, AAUW facilitator and presiding officer, is to get kids interested in math.

“The idea is that if you get to kids early enough, math is no longer something they fear,” Markin said. “Our goal is to make math less intimidating and something fun to do.”

The Los Alamos branch of AAUW has presented Let’s Read Math for several years now. At first, they presented it to teachers at the school district but small attendances made the organization decide to go directly to the children, Markin said.

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