A Day at Grandma’s by Mi-ae Lee, illustrated by Yang-sook Choi, is part of a series of math concepts books that teach basic math concepts through story-telling. This book has a focus on time of day — dawn, morning, noon, afternoon, dusk, and night — and the difference between today, yesterday, and tomorrow. The young girl spends an entire day with her grandmother, while her mother goes about her day, missing her daughter. The mother talks about what she and her daughter would do at each time of day together and the daughter at her grandmother’s explains how she spends her day with her grandmother and compares it to life at home.
This simple story, children can learn how long an actual day is and can create a pie chart filled with their own activities, like the one in the back of the book. Children that love art projects could turn this pie chart into something really visual with cut outs from magazines and newspapers, as well as drawings. Parents should explain the different times of day and what accomplishments and activities they do as a family during those time periods.
A Day at Grandma’s by Mi-ae Lee, illustrated by Yang-sook Choi, is a cute story on its own about spending time away from our parents, even as young kids and how that can be an adventure filled with stories to be shared, rather than something that’s scary. It also can help teach children about different times of day, and allow them to look at their own lives and routines in new ways.