With Giulia, Marty, Teo and Luca, mathematics becomes child’s play!
Workbook Friend is a series of practical books, edited by Silvana Poli, Carla Bertolli and Daniela Lucangeli, amongst the greatest experts in the psychology of learning, designed as handy tools to accompany lower secondary school students and those in their last year of primary school in their acquisition of basic mathematical competences.
THE FIRST TWO BOOKS
What are fractions for?
Based on their experience and knowledge of primary school, children may answer: «to divide a cake », «to use a tape measure», «to colour different parts». We are talking about explanations that are «simple» maybe but at the same time valid and plausible.
What are expressions for?
Even though it is not often stated in maths books, expressions are used to solve concrete problems that present themselves in day-to-day life.
HOW THEY ARE STRUCTURED
Each book is divided into two parts:
THE METHODOLOGY: FROM THE PROBLEM TO THE RULE
The methodology can be summarised as follows:
The learning process «from the problem to the rule» enables pupils to «build» logical mathematical concepts themselves. The latter are «traditionally» received in an already formalised way and conveyed mainly through verbal instead of visual and practical communication. In this way, pupils are motivated in their search for the result, which is also the solution to the problem. They are also better prepared to acquire, as class practice has demonstrated, greater command of the resolution mechanism.