Sunday, March 31, 2013

A to Z Challenge

Yesterday I attended one of the CBW-LA (Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles) events where the guest speaker was Arlee Bird--creator of the A to Z Challenge.  

Now, I never really wanted to start a blog to just say I had a blog.  Listening to him speak I thought about what I could blog about and what would be meaningful.  I thought of my theme...math.  I am an aspiring children's book author who focuses on math in my books.  When going to writing conferences and talking to literary agents, I have found there is a need for math-related books.  Since my books target parents and teachers, I figured I should get my following now, so that when my books do come out I have a good audience for it.  And if my books never come out, I will have given the world a good resource for math activities and made my contribution to society (although, I am confident someone is bound to publish my books--I know persistence pays off).

I am still in the planning stages of which days I will do what, but I know that for this first month of April I will be doing the A to Z Challenge.  Each day (Monday through Saturday) I will pick an object or topic and throw ideas out of how it can have math activities for kids.

For example: Bed.  How many beds are in our house?  Measure the bed--what's the height, width, length?  Princess and the Pea stacked mattresses... how many could we stack until we hit the ceiling?  How many books would it take to cover the surface of the bed? How much time does it take to make the bed? ... Then I will ask all of you if you have any more ideas how you could use the object to teach math.

As time goes on we will have quite the resource for even the math phobic people out there to see how math is all around us and math can be extremely fun.

24 comments:

  1. Hello Lucy! What a great start you are off to! Your blog page looks great--one of the best starter blogs I've seen. Nice to have met you at the CBW-LA meeting and so happy that you have joined the wonderful community of bloggers.

    One bit of advice to help gauge your following is to add a "Followers Widget" to your sidebar. Go to your design page and click on "Layout". On the right side of the page click "Add a Gadget". You'll get a pop-up box with options (you probably already have used this to add your badges in the sidebar). At the left of that box click "More Options" and you'll get a new list. The "Followers" widget is probably at the bottom of that first page. When you add it to your sidebar visitors can join your site.

    Let me know when it's up and I'll become a follower.

    Have fun with the Challenge. You have a great blog theme and I think you are going to be outstanding at this.

    Arlee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  2. One more suggestion to make commenting more inviting and accessible. Remove the CAPTCHA Word Verification for comments. Blogger defaults to enabling it and it's rather frustrating to deal with especially during A to Z.

    Go to the design page and click "Settings". Then "Posts and Comments". Scroll down to "Show Word Verification" and disable. Then save your settings. If you start having problems with anonymous spam then on that same page you can always adjust "who can comment" to registered users or add comment moderation.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  3. Hello, just stopping by to wish you luck with this challenge :)

    Your theme sounds interesting, although I'm afraid I can't help you with ideas for your theme. I really didn't enjoy maths when I was at school, and I now try to avoid numbers at all costs!

    http://rebeccahgiltrow.blogspot.co.uk/p/a-to-z.html

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  4. Fantastic Lucy! I love the A to Z theme - I will be checking in and look forward to lots of fun math activities with the girls. :D

    Alana
    writercize.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Alana! Hey, did you know you can actually make a link in a comment--I googled it and I'll email you how it is done. : )

      Kids Math Teacher

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  5. Lucy, you're onto something with regards to building and audience through blogging, in advance of putting a book out. Things are so much easier when you have resources to gauge interest in your work early on. The A to Z Challenge will surely help provide that boost in terms of new readers and a wider audience!

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  6. Welcome aboard AZ! Look forward to your posts this April.

    --Damyanti

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  7. Just stopping by from the a-z challenge. I love that you're so invested in introducing math to young learners, hopefully this will make it seem less daunting, since so many seem to struggle with it.

    Have fun with the challenge.

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    1. Thanks. I really do hope to offer some hands-on, fun activities for kids to explore math and the many concepts math encompasses. : )

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  8. I've come from Lee's blog.
    Great post and great ideas too!
    Lots of learners struggle with maths, so this sounds fantastic!

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  9. Excellent job in starting your blog. Action is better than talk.

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  10. This is a great idea! Welcome to blogging and to the A to Z Challenge. :) Looking forward to reading your posts this month!

    Jaimie
    Living in the Light

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  11. This is a great idea. I certainly would have enjoyed having new resources for math ideas when my kids were young, although we didn't struggle with concepts until they got into high school and the skill was a bit beyond my ken! Hope you get a good following on your A to Z challenge, and can help some kids to love math.
    tm

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  12. Hi, Lucy! It's always great to meet a new blogger! I wish you luck with the A-Z and look forward to following. :)

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  13. Wow, now that sounds like math the fun way! Congratulations on your new blog. I just came over from Arlee's. Welcome to the blogoverse :)

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  14. Welcome to blogging and no better way to jump in, with both feet, than to give the A to Z Challenge a whirl.

    I look forward to seeing how your journey unfolds and best of luck!

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  15. You must enjoy the tv show "Numbers." You have a very creative angle for A to Z. No doubt you will develop a strong following. Have fun!

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  16. As a parent of a 4th grader, I'd love to learn how to get him to understand more math as they don't seem to teach them the way they taught me growing up. I'm a horrible teacher. So I think I might be highly interested in what you have to say about math. :P

    Good luck and welcome!

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    http://writebackwards.we3dements.com

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  17. I love this idea of bringing math to writing. It's not something I've thought of before, but it's so cool. Good luck with the A to Z Challenge.

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  18. Congrats on the new blog, Lucy! I'm here by way of Arlee Bird. I think the idea of a math-related blog is excellent. (And you're right - persistence is one of the number one ways to get published!).

    Can't wait to see more.

    Jessica @ Visions of Other Worlds
    Twitter: @jmarcarelli, #atozchallenge

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  19. What a fantastic idea for a theme! I look forward to reading your posts for this challenge!

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  20. Hi Lucy - welcome to the A -Z .. sounds like you're in good company with Lee guiding you, but also Nutschell as an amazing encourager and motivator.

    Maths always intrigues and I feel certain you'll find a voice quite quickly ..

    Enjoy the A-Z and see you around ... cheers Hilary

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  21. Hello! So glad Arlee talked you into not only starting a blog, but joining the AtoZ Challenge as well! Hope you enjoy both!

    I'm a big fan of math, so I think that's a great theme. Can't wait to read your entries! :)

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