Sarah and the Number Knights

Howard Schrager

Cloth Tape Binding

$21.95

A sequel to King Maximo and the Number Knights.

Those who have already read King Maximo and the Number Knights, will be interested in hearing of the further adventures of Sarah, the unlikely hero of that story. This sequel follows Sarah as she relates to her former playmates what the Number Knights have shared at King Maximo’s feast. We watch as the children integrate what they have heard from Sarah about the archetypal qualities of the numbers 1-12 into their play in the meadow. At the end of each chapter, the particular Number Knight, recognizing their achievements, shares a further activity with them, giving students and teachers alike inspiration for bringing the experience of numbers into the real world.

This story began as a manual for teachers and parents to explain how the material presented in King Maximo and the Number Knights may be developed into imaginative, hands-on learning activities that would help foster a joyful, active, creative and imaginative relation to mathematics. What is most unusual about this “manual” is that the instructions are given, implicitly, through the children’s conversation and purposeful play, with a little guidance from the Number Knights themselves. In addition, an appendix gives suggestions for real-world objects to reinforce the 12 numbers and their qualities.

Sarah and the Number Knights is a review and deepening of the material presented in King Maximo, and as such, the author recommends introducing it at the end of the first grade year or beginning of the second grade year, when the children are more likely to have developed the necessary skills to carry out the activities presented. If, however, the teacher can’t afford the time to work the books separately, the author recommends waiting until later in the first grade year and using Sarah and the Number Knights as a companion to King Maximo.

8 1/2″ x 11″, 2014.

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