Calculus for Infants – Book Review

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Calculus for Infants review by TwoPlusCute

I strongly believe that concerning academic knowledge, there is no such thing as “too early” for teaching a child.

Being the nerdy parents we are, we bought the Introductory Calculus For Infants when The Cute was…three months old. I am so glad we bought it. Saved us many a tantrums and gave us tons of quality time with the baby. She loved it and once she could walk, she kept following me around to read it to her. This is her favorite book of all times since she was six months old. And it’s packed with math.

Mathematics is not the only thing this book is about. It actually has a very good story.

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Some parents (and grandparents) are concerned about hot housing babies. Let me reassure you: This book will not create or force a genius. It may – eventually -accommodate the expression of one. Meanwhile, it is a book easy to read, written with optimism and it is full with large, easy to read, colorful drawings. It is a cute and sweet book – if we can assign such attributes to a book (who am I kidding, of course we can; we are booklovers!). that most toddlers and babies will enjoy.

Succinctly put, it’s a story about friends who empower us, yet that is but one way to interpret the story of this book.

 

Calculus for Infants: Friendship by TwoPlusCute
Weeee!

 

This book assisted in familiarizing The Cute with a few important concepts:

– About being nice to others

– About friendship

– About optimism and possibilities (like X, she can be anything she wants)

– The alphabet. There is no other book we own that did so much for The Cute in terms of learning the English alphabet! It took me quite by surprise when she started pointing out the letters and pronouncing them, page after page.

– Mathematics. She may not know how to solve a derivative yet but, the figures and the overall happy mood of the book, will stay with her for life. When she truly encounters calculus in the future, these symbols and terms will be her childhood friends and not an intimidating enemy.

 

Calculus for Infants: Derivatives by TwoPlusCute
A Derivative! Wow!

For the purists: the book is not solely about calculus but includes examples from algebra and trigonometry as well. The Cute did not mind that fact one bit and she brings the book to me (so I read it to her) five to ten times per day, months now. If repetition is the mother of learning, I will never forget how to solve a derivative.

What I would like to see, is this book as a thick, sturdy, board book edition. While our volume has – surprisingly – survived all the intense loving, I do not think it is helpful to little – and clumsy – hands being paperback and thin paper pages. Would I buy it again? In a heartbeat but, I hope they print it in something sturdier so it lasts for many, many years.

On the other hand…on the weekends I try to sleep in (with pitiful results) and The Cute walks in our bedroom with a book or two in her arms. As I pretend to be asleep, she simply slams the books on my head/eye and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate at those moments the fact that the Introductory Calculus For Infants is not a board book…

 

Calculus for Infants: science books by TwoPlusCute

 

Meanwhile, if you have a little one, do offer her (or him) access to true science books, if even to go through the pages and enjoy the visuals. Teach them their first science words if merely to acquaint them with their sounds.
Or you can create mini stories about planets and atoms.
Babies learn at all times and you never know:

What if, you are raising the next Feynman or Curie?!

 

 

 

 

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22 thoughts on “Calculus for Infants – Book Review

  • May 18, 2015 at 1:32 am
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    As a retired educator who taught math for 29 years, I love the idea of an infant’s calculus book. The most important thing you said, in my opinion, is that these terms and symbols become her friends, not her enemies. Attitude is learned, not innate. Parents who tell their children that they hated math, or they were not good at math, or that is okay for their child to hate math are teaching an attitude. Replace the word “math” with other words and see if you would teach your child that way about that word/topic/person/race/etc…

    Hurray for Calculus for Infants!

    Judith

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    • May 19, 2015 at 11:42 am
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      I always addressed math teachers from the student point. I just (yep, just) thought of how difficult it must be to be a math teacher. To me it would be very stressful and it requires a lot of patience and effort; more than many other subjects. You had a tough job.

      You nailed the core of the post; it’s about establishing the foundations of a positive and fearless approach to math/science (or any subject).

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  • May 16, 2015 at 9:45 pm
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    I HAD to jump over and read this post!! Love my math and science! I’ll have to go check out the book…I bet my boys would like it. I can already tell my older guy is going to be a geek like mommy. 🙂 (By the way, he absolutely LOVED the letter factory DVD by Leap Frog as well. He learned all his letters and sounds from that movie and knew them all before he was 2.)

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    • May 16, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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      My friend Julie from http://beinghomedecor.com sent me a link with the movie and can’t wait to see what TheCute makes of it. Two mommies commenting about this movie, I must try it. 🙂

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      • May 17, 2015 at 2:12 am
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        Yes! 😀 There is another mom who showed this video to their child at age 2! I truly feel because the song in the video is so catchy, kids easily grasp the concept of letter sounds. My son and I would go through the alphabet while grocery shopping. The look on people’s faces seeing a 2 year old knowing his phonics was priceless! lol I will probably never get rid of our video because it brings back such fond and fun memories.

        Warning – The song WILL get stuck in your head. Also, have fun noticing some of the interesting background animation for each letter; it’s very subtle, unless you have seen the video a gazillion times. lol
        Julie – Being Home posted…Homeschool This Week – Dollar Tree Educational Supplies

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        • May 17, 2015 at 2:34 am
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          I am trying to write a post over here; stop making me laugh! 😀
          I can’t wait to watch the movie.

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  • May 12, 2015 at 10:04 am
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    It’s always fun to introduce new ideas at a young age! We have a movie called The Letter Factory that has made a fun game out of teaching my boys the sounds letters make. It’s such a clever presentation of information that it even intrigues me. How lucky we are to have these tools for our kids!
    Jenni DeWitt posted…How to Live with It When God Says “No”

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    • May 14, 2015 at 1:52 pm
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      Yes, we are lucky to have access to so many tools!
      I’ll be looking for the movie, it sounds fun ‘letters and their sounds’. 🙂

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  • May 12, 2015 at 7:51 am
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    Thank you for visiting and subscribing to my blog, A New England Flowerbed! It was nice to hear from a fellow New Englander.
    Although I’m now in grandmother mode, I love to hear about the little ones so I’ve subscribed to your blog as well.
    I’m looking forward to reading about your family and passions!

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    • May 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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      Thank you for subscribing back, Sally.
      I enjoyed checking out your garden. 🙂

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    • May 14, 2015 at 1:47 pm
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      Hello fellow geek! 🙂

      Your daughter might surprise you, like mine did. She handles this book since she was 4-5 months old and she hasn’t torn a page (yet). She has ripped a few other books – to my dismay – though.

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  • May 11, 2015 at 11:17 pm
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    I absolutely love this idea! I would never have thought to introduce such a complex topic but this book is so creatively written…it’s a no brainer! Thank you for passing this one along!!! Hope you have a great week friend! Nicole xo
    nicole posted…MAKING Mondays…..Children’s Garden

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    • May 14, 2015 at 1:44 pm
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      The book will not teach maths but will do its best to teach about friendship and believing in oneself. The added bonus is to familiarize with several mathematical aspects. For me, it is a really good book for very young kids.
      I spent the weekend decluttering with decent results so yep, I had a good weekend.Hope you have a great weekend too. 🙂

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  • May 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm
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    My husband is a college math instructor. He would have thrown this book in the trash if someone purchased this for us when our son was little. He is an “Algebra” guy not a “Calculus” guy. He hates Calculus almost as much as I do. Ha ha!

    So tempted to buy it now jut for fun…

    (saw this on Blogger’s Brags)
    Audrey posted…Smothered Greens

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    • May 11, 2015 at 8:56 pm
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      Hehe, a math instructor that hates math (well ok, just calculus)! I don’t discriminate in my love-hate relationship with math, I hated them all (and yet I have fun playing with them – don’t ask something must be wrong with me). 😀

      This book is for infants so don’t expect solving for x or integrating a circle. It simply provides a visual acquaintance that may actually keep its young readers from hating math in the future (though granted…we love to hate math).

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  • May 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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    I am delighted to know about this book! Part of my own satisfaction, as a grandma, is to have time to introduce the kids to a little about a lot of topics. My hope is that when one of them comes up at school, it won’t be a new, intimidating subject to them. Your experience with this book fits into that goal perfectly!
    And I applaud you for being a stay-at-home mom. I was and so are my three daughters. You will never regret it.
    Joyce posted…Little Family Library

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    • May 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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      Thank you Joyce. 🙂
      I think this book can be an excellent addition in your cute family library, for very young readers.

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  • May 9, 2015 at 11:30 am
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    LOVE this! I will have to check out this book!

    It was not until recently that I learned what hot housing is. Now, I think I understand some of the looks I get from parents sometimes. Stupid! No, I am not housing my son, but if he wants to know about molecules at age 4 and the periodic table of elements at age 5, then I am going to teach it to him. When a 4 year old is teaching me how to pronounce dinosaur names and telling me about Laramidia, you bet that means I need to step up my game! lol

    I am so glad you are reading this book to Cute! And the fact that she loves it is fantastic! One should never underestimate a child’s capacity to learn. The brain at that age is truly remarkable! Above all, to teach our children a love of learning (not fear or anxiety) is a passion that will be with them forever. Self learning and a hunger for knowledge is very empowering.

    Okay, I am going to go find that book! Thank you for sharing! 😀 Yep, I am totally geeking out! lol

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    • May 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm
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      I couldn’t agree more! I have the exact same opinion (<-no surprise there, hehe): if the child wants to learn/hear about nuclear physics even, at age 4, then I am going to teach it to her. Give her access to the material, which is completely different than forcefully training her like it is competition. I won't have my child going on for years with teachers telling her she is too young "for that stuff" and with her curiosity unsatisfied until she is way older. The book story might be too baby-ish for K. If you find it, I will be interested in his review. 😀 ps. this is the first time I heard of Laramidia.

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  • May 8, 2015 at 11:28 pm
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    I was an engineering major and have seen this book around — wondered what it was actually about!

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    • May 8, 2015 at 11:44 pm
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      Wow an engineer!
      The book is really good. Simple, safe and gentle for little ones.

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