Just as it’s great to do bedtime math, it’s great to have someone read you a bedtime story. Better yet, you pets might want to listen, too. The Animal Rescue in Birdsboro, PA decided to ask kids to adopt cats at the shelter and read to them, in their “Book Buddies Program.” The cat might have no clue what you’re saying, but he/she will probably like the pictures, and in the meantime the kid gets to read without anyone butting in with questions. This cat here is enjoying the book “Dogs Can’t Read” — but dogs may want to get in on the fun.
Wee ones: What shape is the cover of the book?
Little kids: If there are 5 cats, and 6 kids come to read to them one at a time, how many cats get to be read to twice? Bonus: How many cats and kids are there in total?
Big kids: If dogs could read out loud, and 5 dogs read to 25 cats, how many cats does each dog take if they divide into equal groups? Bonus: If each animal can enjoy a book for 15 minutes, and kids sign up for 1 hour at a time, how many pets can each kid read to in that time? (Reminder if needed: An hour has 60 minutes.)
Wee ones: A rectangle, or possibly a square (4 equal sides — hard to tell from this angle).
Little kids: 1 cat. Bonus: 11 participants.
Big kids: 5 cats per dog. Bonus: 4 pets.
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.