Maths Mutts – All About Time
Wild Dog Books, 2020
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
“Time can be expressed as a moment or a measurement.” It is something that rules our lives in so many ways, yet it can also be one of the most difficult concepts to teach because it is so abstract.
This picture book uses a range of busy dogs to lead a investigations into all sorts of aspects of time for newly independent readers, inviting them to participate in some activities and answer questions that will help them understand the concepts better. It offers ideas for the reader to explore including the answers to questions such as What is time? How do we use it in our everyday lives? Is time the same all around the world? What are the different units of time, and what devices do we use to measure them?
Even though it is so abstract, learning about time starts very early in a child’s life (think today, tomorrow, yesterday) and it is such an engrossing topic to cover embracing every curriculum area, not just maths. So any resource that offers ideas and activities to help our students master it is a blessing.