Bookstores and libraries in more than 50 locations around the country will take part in the first “Bedtime Math National Pajama Party Week,” to make math fun, exciting and relevant for children 3 to 8 years old. Most of the Pajama Parties take place between June 24 and 29, and include readings, math-inspired games, and activities that celebrate the release of BEDTIME MATH: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late. The book will be published June 25 by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan.
A list of events across the country is available here.
These Pajama Parties are free, family-friendly events with educator-approved activities such as “Mystery Clocks,” “Make Your Own Animals” tangram puzzles, “Build Your Own Zip Line,” and more. Stores and organizations hosting the parties will receive party kits provided free by Bedtime Math and will encourage customers to bring children dressed in pajamas and ready to play. While events vary in date and time throughout the week, and some take place later in the summer, all are designed to give local parents and children a chance to take part in Bedtime Math’s growing national movement.
Bedtime Math is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to make the nightly math problem as common as the bedtime story. In addition to its forthcoming book – the first of three from Feiwel and Friends – the organization has received significant national media attention over the past year, launching math-focused activities across a number of platforms. Bedtime Math was founded in early 2012 by mother of three Laura Overdeck, a trained astrophysicist and lifelong math fan. The program grew out of the fun nightly math problems she and her husband had been giving their kids for years.The idea caught on among Overdeck’s friends, then blossomed. Bedtime Math’s nationwide subscriber list now tops 30,000 and its social media presence on Facebook and Twitter continues to grow exponentially.
Bedtime Math launched a series of well-received math videos in April on YouTube, along with a mobile app that landed in the iTunes top 20 list of educational apps. The group’s “Summer of Numbers” initiative to prevent student math skills from sliding over the school break has received orders for more than 60,000 math calendars this spring. Information about Bedtime Math activities can be found online at www.bedtimemath.org.
“We firmly believe that learning math skills can be a fun, engaging and exciting family activity,” Overdeck says. “Parents, grandparents and anyone who cares about math literacy in America can encourage the children in their lives to enjoy math as play, without making it seem like homework,” she says.