Jan 31, 2011

The History of Counting


In teaching my son about math, I found that I also needed to teach him about the beginnings of counting and why we needed it. My mother gave him The History of Countingfor Christmas.

This is a great book explaining how we as people started counting, the difference between abstract and concrete counting and how our current system evolved.

A light bulb went off in my son while I was reading it to him. We spent a whole day practicing Sumerian counting and writing the symbols for it. He now sees the need for counting things by tens.

I highly recommend this book to help explain the reasons and history behind today's math!


Jaffer said...

My father taught me the Sumerian way of counting on hands... I still use it to this day to add and multiply :-)

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