Math Stories

KING MAXIMO AND THE NUMBER KNIGHTS

Newly revised and illustrated!

Whether you are homeschooling or teaching a class, King Maximo and the Number Knights is a delightful, engaging way to teach the basics of numbers to young children. The story, written as a series of 12 lesson-chapters, retells how King Maximo sent his 12 number knights out into the world charged to discover the greatest of the numbers. The knights go out and then return and meet in King Maximo’s great hall. As each tells the tale of his adventures, we find that each knight has a different opinion of what is, truly, the greatest number.

King Maximo and the Number Knights book cover

“Included with each chapter is a shield that evokes the wonders of the number that that chapter’s Number Knight found to be the greatest. These shields are just right for the artistic element of each lesson, and are sure to engage the students, as they also convey much of the essence of the number they represent.”

-Nancy Parsons of Bob & Nancy’s Services www.waldforbooks.com



SARAH AND THE NUMBER KNIGHTS

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This sequel to King Maximo and the Number Knights is now available.

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.

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.

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MULTIPLICANDO

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  Even if Multiplicando weren’t teaching, it would still be a great children’s story, with warm and funny characters, interesting adventures and one surprising discovery after another on each page.  The fact that this riveting story also teaches multiplication and its relationship to the other 3 mathematical processes, and teaches all this so clearly and thoroughly, makes Multiplicando a gift for the ages.

Divided into twenty-two chapters, Multiplicando, follows the humorous adventures of (who else?) Multiplicando, Jester to the Court of King Divide and His Queen, Her Highness Minus.  Using these stories over several weeks, teachers and parents can lead their students into the mysteries of multiplication, and come to see its relation to division, subtraction, and addition.  Students will come away with a story they will remember well enough to look back upon as adults, and with a clear understanding of multiplication and the nature of all 4 processes.

Additionally, at the back of the book the author has shared all sorts of teaching tips and tricks, so many that its a bit like finding the King’s treasure house. -Nancy Parsons of Bob and Nancy’s Services www.waldorfbooks.com


A Greater Understanding of Waldorf Education

“I have seen Howard’s approach bespell undergraduates as he leads them in story-inspired activities on the campus lawn, demonstrating how Waldorf education, and his own curricular creations, unfold. Howard conveys this mission, so typical of Waldorf schools, to teach through art-not letting it become just another subject, but a conduit for reaching and teaching children.”

Scott B. Waltz, Ph.D

Educator

Focused and Engaged Kids

“The LMNOP Program was highly educational, and at the same time, thoroughly engaging. The children were enjoying themselves so much that learning seemed to be a by-product. Quite notably, a wide variety of skill areas was involved: literacy, poetry, music, modeling, crayon drawing, painting, physical movement, drama, and social skills…”

Ruth Brittany

UCSC Children’s Center

Layers of Creativity, Artistry, and Understanding

“Howard Schrager’s work is not Waldorf inspired, it is an example of what Waldorf can be with an experienced teacher, who has decades of teaching experience and who digs deeply into the pedagogy over the years. There are layers of creativity, artistry, and understanding in this work that came out of decades of work, artistry, and collaboration with others who are experienced and working with Waldorf and Anthroposophy.”

Lisa Boisvert

MacKenzie-Waldorf Homeschools

Beyond Teaching

“Even if Multiplicando weren’t teaching, it would still be a great children’s story, with warm and funny characters, interesting adventures and one surprising discovery after another. The fact that this riveting story also teaches multiplication and its relationship to the other 3 mathematical processes, and teaches this all so clearly and thoroughly, makes Multiplicando a gift for the ages.”

Nancy Parson

From Hate to Love

“My daughter hated math all year in the first grade. Then we used King Maximo, and SHE LOVED IT!”

Yara B.

Homeschool Parent

So Much Learning!

“Thank you so much for sharing your expertise, knowledge and creativity with us through your books! Ronan asked me, “Mommy, can my head explode from loving what I’m learning soooo much?” Thank you for helping us fan his flame.”

Elizabeth Mayer

Educator, Homeschool Parent

Numbers Come Alive

“We worked through the Number Knights as our first formal introduction to numbers. My daughters ate it up. You made the world of numbers come to life, not just for them, but also for myself.”

Amy W.

Homeschool Parent

Learning Comes Alive

“I cannot adequately say how much I love your materials. It has been amazing to work with Sarah and the Number Knights. It makes things so alive, and the children feel as if they are IN the story. Thank you for writing these books so that parents, teachers and children can experience this!”

Marie L.

Homeschool Parent

A Complete Experience

“Sarah is a masterpiece – you have woven such a complete experience for the reader, including therapeutic movement, song and speech – through story.”

S. Jones

Teacher

Integrated Learning

“The children adored the story of King Maximo and loved drawing pictures of the shields which helped them to integrate the math concepts we were learning.”

Anne Cleveland

Teacher

My Favorite Part of Teacher 1st Grade!

“Using King Maximo and the Number Knights was my favorite part of teaching 1stgrade! My lessons on the qualities of the numbers were exciting for the children, easy to plan for me, and memorable for us all.”

Giulie Garland

Teacher

Rounds of Applause From My Students

“I have used Howard Schrager’s King Maximo and Multiplicando in all of my classes to rounds of applause from my students. These characters do the impossible: they make math a warmhearted relationship, filled with adventure and beauty.”

Tamar Kern

Teacher