We have a very special treat today on the blog tour -- Tessalation! is on Talking Math With Your Kids by Christopher Danielson!
Some fun facts about Christopher:
Christopher has been a giant supporter of this project, and we may have also ordered three sets of his tiling turtles to use at Tessalation! events:
The new TMWYK project is called The Summer of Math, and I'm delighted to announce that my book will be sent to kids around the country along with a set of the tiling turtles.
Read the full post on Talking Math with Your Kids here.
Did you know John Golden, aka Math Hombre, picked the date for #WorldTessellationDay?
Today, I'm on his blogging talking about the creation of Tessalation! and about tessellating in general.
John runs a fantastic site where you can really geek out on pattern creation.
Read the full post on Math Hombre here.
Might THIS be the cutest picture you have seen on this blog tour? Some teenagers eating tessellated cookies and reading the book?
My friend Maria Stuart of Pinot Mom put together this brilliant post incorporating tessellations and baking, as inspired by Tessalation!. Indeed, there is a mother baking a pie in the beginning of the book, but Maria decided to make some tessellated cookies. Hexagon cookie cutters are definitely a thing!
Today on the blog tour I've got a post up on Mascot Books about how to hire your own illustrator for a children's picture book.
I truly believe that anyone with a children's book idea has the tools out there to get that work out in the world. My hope with this post is that more would-be authors will be inspired to take their projects to the next level.
One of the Kickstarter backers for this project, John Vonhof, runs a great podcast called Writers and Authors on Fire.
He interviews writers about their process, tips for writing and getting their work out in the world.
For my interview, he sent a list of about 25 really great questions. It was fun to articulate some of these personal attitudes about writing in conversation with John.
I hope you check it out. It's about an hour long, but he did pull some of the highlights out if you're in a hurry.
Listen to the entire Writers and Authors on Fire interview with Emily here.
I am lucky to be friends with Angela Guzzo and her family, who operate Waldorfbooks.com, the original online retailer for Waldorf Curriculum books and related materials.
Angela is graciously hosting the pre-order for Tessalation! and is the fifth stop on the Tessalation! blog tour.
We did a Q&A for her site about the creation of this book and writing in general. If you're planning on ordering the book, get it from Angela!
Read the entire Q&A with Emily Grosvenor here.
As far as I've been able to determine, Janice Novakowski was the first teacher to use my book in the classroom.
For the 4th stop of the Tessalation! blog tour, she posts about that experience, using the book as a launchpad for a discussion of tessellations and math play with shapes.
Read Janice's entire post here.
Hike it Baby is one of my favorite organizations. Now in its third year and an official nonprofit, it encourage families all over the world to get outside with their kids.
Last child in the woods? Not here!
For the third day of the Tessalation Blog Tour I've got a post on the Hike It Baby blog about great children's books to kick off a themed hike.
Click here to read "10 Children's Picture Books to Kick off a Themed Hike"
So thrilled to have a post up today on KidsMathTeacher.com. It's a rundown of how one might use Tessalation! in the classroom, with tips for different age groups and for moving from a reading of a book to a DIY tessellation project.
If you haven't checked out Lucy Ravitch's lovely blog about making math fun I encourage you to do so. She's got oodles of ideas for activities you can do in traditional classrooms or with your kids at home.
A Summer of Math -- what more could you ask for?
Lucy is also the author of The Pancake Menu, an award-winning math learning book incorporating playing restaurant and math learning.
Thank you, Lucy, for hosting my book.
Visit KidsMathTeacher.com to read the full post.
Blog tours are all about discovery. The following blogs are hosting me or writing about Tessalation! over the next few weeks. I love these sites and their owners -- all of them are excited about the existence of a children's picture book about tessellations out in the world. I invite you to explore their pages to learn about what they do.
June 17: Denise Gaskins' Let's Play Math blog hosts a story on how to celebrate the first-ever World Tessellation Day.
July 1: On Lucy Ravitch's fantastic site for teachers of math (and parents who want to support math learning), we're doing a lesson plan for how to use Tessalation! in the classroom.
July 2: A post on the Hybrid publisher Mascot Books' site about how to find and work effectively with an illustrator.
July 3: Hike it Baby is a parents group dedicated to getting families together and out into nature with newborns and little ones. There are branches in over 200 cities around the country and internationally. We have a wide variety of hikes and urban strolls and the best part is being a member of Hike it Baby is FREE!
July 4: Janice Novakowski's blog for the Richmond School District looks at creative ways to approach the math curriculum.
July 5: America's favorite stop for Waldorf-related education books hosts a Q & A with author Emily Grosvenor about Tessalation!
July 6: John Vonhof's podcast about writing will light the fire under you to launch your creative projects into the world.
How Kickstarter Children's books are changing society's views on everything from diversity to technology.
July 8: Writer Maria Stuart, aka "Pinot Mom," lover of cookbooks and all things hospitality, offers a way to bake tessellated cookies alongside a reading of Tessalation!
July 9: Educator and tessellation lover John Golden hosts a great resource page on tessellations.
July 10: This site shares creative approaches to math learning for at-home teachers and childcare providers.
July 11: You've heard that you should read 20 minutes a day with your kids. But what about 20 minutes of math play? Christopher Danielson's excellent Talking Math with Your Kids site offers ample opportunities for engaging math play.
July 12: Game creator and math advocate Daniel Finkel's inspiring blog about how to make math learning more fun.
July 13: Donna Boucher's excellent Math Coach's Corner site is a treasure trove for explorations in math.
July 14: Brent Yorgey, a visiting professor at Hendrix College, explores the intersection between beauty and mathematics on his blog The Math Less Traveled.
July 15: Clarissa Grandi's gorgeous site Artful Maths explores the connection between math and creativity.
I invite you to visit these sites and see what these creators and educators have to offer. Being connected to them has truly changed how I encourage my children in the area of math learning.