Thursday, December 26, 2013

"Math Rapmatics" A Hit at Bain Elementary's Community Connection 2013





 
Presenting "Math Rapmatics" to the graduating class of 2027!


On December 4, 2013 I had the distinct pleasure of bringing math joy to 134 kindergarteners at Bain Elementary's Community Connection Program.  It was very cold and damp outside, but inside it was sizzling hot and sunny. Why was that? Because math was in the house...the school house that is!

I began the author visit by reading the dedication in my book. It is to my mom, Anne. Without her support and love I would not be who and where I am today. Words can not express my appreciation for the values that she taught me. Then I gave a mini math lesson on the math concepts that are covered in the book. We looked at the classroom clock on the wall and discussed that it is called an analog clock. We looked at the hands on the clock and I explained what each does. We looked for congruent shapes in the class. We found them in the ceiling tiles and windows.


Then we hunted for congruent shapes...you know same shape, same size! We found them in the floor tiles, shoes and doors. We then talked about the concept of adding numbers....when you add a number to a number you get a BIGGER number! Finally, I discussed the ravenous appetites of crocodiles. I then told the mathematicians about greater than and less than signs. We would have to help the Hungry Hungry Crocodile find the larger amount of food in the math rap song to fill his hungry tummy.

Finally, the time had come...time to rap, time to dance, time to really get connected with math. To me, this is what it is all about...creating positive interactions with math. It was my hope that a joy for math was stirred way down deep in the souls of the children. A joy that will lead them on a wonderful life-long journey with math.

It is always a blessing for me to share "Math Rapmatics" with children because they are so much fun to be around and they want to learn new concepts. It simply was a wonderful way for me to spend the afternoon.

Thank you for the new support I have seen this year. In fact, I am thankful for all of my Math Rapmatics fans old and new. Each year I am able to share "Math Rapmatics" with new friends. Wow, I will forever be grateful for this journey as an author because you strengthen me along the way.



Wishing you great blessings in the New Year! The best is indeed yet to come!

Much love to you all,
Stephanie


 
 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Happy summer from Math Rapmatics!
Check out my new Prezi by clicking the following link. 
 
 
Math Rapmatics author Stephanie Van Horn in her kindergarten classroom.
She is very proud that she has completed 20 years of making education fun for her students! 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Community Connection at Bain Elementary

Author Stephanie Van Horn shares "Math Rapmatics" with 140 Kindergarteners
at Bain Elementary!  By involving students in the performance math comes alive for the students!
On a cold and gray day in November the atmoshere inside was sunny and joyful. There I was surrunded by amazing five and six year olds. I wondered how many of them really loved math and how many didn't. Studies show that most young children love math, but as they get older the numbers drop. Two years later I am still passionate about creating a strong foundation for math. If I can get young people to see the value in math...then I have truly succeeded.

Students dance as they rap math songs!
Students loved having the opportunity to ask me questions. Here are a few of the questions and answers from the event.
  • How long have you been an author? I published "Math Rapmatics one and a half years ago.
  • Why did you write a book? The book kind of wrote itself. The math raps were made up in the midst of math lessons. When I notice children struggling with the math lesson I can make up raps that help them connect to the objective. I decided to write down the raps and they ended up in my book.
  • Where can I get this book? The book can be purchased from The Last Word, Black Forest Books and Toys and Park Road Books. I usually have a books new books on me and it can be purchased at www.stephanievanhorn.com.
  • Do you like the raps? Yes! I even LOVE the raps!
  • Why do you have the music? Since the words were raps, I added music to help make the words easier for people to remember. I also love to dance...the music makes it easy to dance while learning math.
    Van Horn enjoys answering questions from young people!
     

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Children's Book Review Features Math Rapmatics: Mathematical Rhymes Right On Time

Math Rapmatics at the Lois Morgan Edwards Memorial Library in Marshville, NC

I am thrilled that Math Rapmatics is continuing to catch the attention of parents and children this summer. My desire is to help children become familiar with math concepts in a fresh and exciting manner! By using hip hop music and rap lyrics children are able to connect to the math in an authentic way. I am humbled by the amazing feedback that I continue to get from children and parents.

Math Rapmatics does come with a FREE Math Rapmatics CD. The beautifully illustrated hardcover book can be purchased at www.stephanievanhorn.com, Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC and at the Last Word bookstore in Charlotte, NC for $18.00. Pick up your today to join us in the math fun. Stephanie Van Horn is available to visit schools, daycares and home parties in NC, SC and VA! She can be contacted at read@stephanievanhorn.com.

See the book review by clicking the link below!
http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/2012/06/math-rapmatics-mathematical-rhymes-right-on-time-by-stephanie-p-van-horn.html

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Stephanie Van Horn Wins for Reading!!!


Reading is Full of Surprises
I know that as adults it is important to model positive behaviors for our children. I am proud to say that my child is a professional chocolate lover and cheesecake eater due to my modeling! She also is reading four grade levels above her current grade. She loves to read in, part due, to the reading culture that has been established in my home.

 I am an avid reader for many reasons. My daughter is main reason that I spend time engaged with books. Why shouldn't it be? I have been given the amazing gift of shaping another human being. It is, indeed, a priceless responsibility that parents have. When I read I learn, I think, I grow. This is what I want for my child as well.

Currently, my daughter is participating in the library summer reading program, Barnes & Nobles reading program and the summer reading program at her elementary school. And I am participating in the adult summer reading program at Marshville Public Library. After reading a new book you are encouraged to give a review  and enter it into the review box. Every month one winner will win a gift card to a local business.

Guess who won for JUNE?????????????????????????

Yes, it was me! $25 bucks to Wagon Wheel Grill. I've never been there, but I am going now. How sweet is that? Read, enter and win!!!! Adults and kids be sure to open a book this summer. When you read...good things are sure to follow!  Hopefully, when Camille is munching on her hamburger and fries she will think,  "Reading is full of wonderful surprises!"

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sophia, a kindergartener, proudly displays her Paper Bag Book Report


It was May 2012 and I was so excited to assign my class their very first book report. I assign book reports close to the end of the year when my students have blossomed into strong readers. The task was to read a favorite book. Then decorate a paper bag with important details from the book. I wanted to see characters, setting, the title, events and special words from the story. The students also had to give a book talk on how the bag was decorated.

Imagine my pure delight one month later when my sweet student Sophia walked in the classroom with
Math Rapmatics:Mathematical Rhymes Right On Time
as her Paper Bag Book Report. It made my day. She smiled and said, "It's my favorite book!"
"Wow, Sophie...I feel like Eric Carle today!" I exclaimed as I hugged her.

Sophie did an amazing job of decorating her bag with items that the Hungry Hungry Crocodile ate. She carefully drew shapes that were congruent. She also had symmetrical figures and an analog clock on her bag! These are concepts most kindergarteners don't know, but can easily learn from Math Rapmatics: Mathematical Rhymes Right On Time by Stephanie P. Van Horn.

Special thanks to Sophia's family for letting me share this special story with my friends!

Pick up a copy for your young family members and special friends today at www.stephanievanhorn.com the book includes a Math Rapmatics CD that will have your entire family dancing.

This makes a great gift for birthdays and summer reading!

Happy reading!

Education...enjoy the journey!

Stephanie Van Horn