Marcia Daft/Moving Through Math/Missarmia Productions
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Meadow Count is the second offering in the Moving Through Math program created by Marcia Daft. Unlike the previous book, Clap, Drum, and Shake!, I can see exactly how Meadow Count helps children build their counting skills. The entire book has children jumping, twirling, stretching, tapping, and using other motor skills as they associate each action with a number, counting them out along the way.
Each picture in the book shows a child performing the narrator's action a specific number of times. Things like "one leafy spin," "three giant puddle jumps," "seven high reaches," or "ten soft strokes," allow children to both enjoy a physical activity as well as count out loud while performing that activity. As I read the book, it reminded me of the waltz where beginners count the "one-two-three" steps out while dancing. It's that same practical theory at play.
Meadow Count is currently going through a "review" and the reissue date is in the summer of 2012. For now, if you're interested in learning more about the Moving Through Math program, visit http://web.mac.com/marciadaft/Marcias_Site/Products_MTM.html to learn more or to purchase the products.