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Practical Mathematics from Calvin and Hobbes for Kids Math

Updated on February 20, 2017

Math and Wisdom in Calvin and Hobbes

I am a great fan of Calvin and Hobbes. I consider one of the greatest comic syndications ever written. Although the characters seem like for children, the underlying philosophy about life, faith... are for adults. It is a novel by its own right. There are few that come close to its sophistication.

I had the oppurtunity to teach math to children a few years back. Before we were deployed to different schools, handouts were given to us to help us reach out to children. The handouts were simple tips on the importance of math, homework and paying attention to class using comic strips from Calvin and Hobbes. The powers that be were hopeful that we could impart these to the chidren. I absolutely love the experience.

While searching throught the internet to find the necessary clips (much better than scanning and cropping from the original books), I found a website that featured the very points used in the handout given to us.

I'll be sharing them through this Hub as I believe it ecapsulates the the necessary wisdom a parent should impart to their children with regards to homework, math and school.

Pay Attention in Class

Do your own work when you’re supposed to.

Help each other out when you’re supposed to.

Some help from parents is okay.

Learn why things work—don’t just take them on faith.

Make sure you really know the material.

When you get stuck, draw a picture to help solve the problem.

Try your best on new concepts.

“x” Is a Variable, Not a Multiplication Symbol.

Watch out for trick questions.

Put forth your best effort and show all your work, even if you can’t get the answer.

Don’t make excuses.

Don’t procrastinate.

Keep up with your work so that your parent-teacher conferences go well.

Remember, you’ll need math in the real world.

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Calvin and Hobbes is undoubtedly by far the most well-known comic strips out of them all . The imaginative world of a kid not to mention his real-only-to-him tiger was initially syndicated in 1985 and shown up in even more than 2 ,400 news-papers when Bill Watterson retired on January 1 , 1996 . The entire body of Calvin and Hobbes comic strips publicized in an absolutely remarkable tribute to this special cartoon in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes . Comprised of 3 hardcover , four-color volumes in a strong slipcase , this New York Times best-selling publication contains all Calvin and Hobbes cartoons that regularly appeared in syndication . Furthermore this is the treasure that all Calvin and Hobbes fans look for .

"I’ve loved comic strips as long as I can remember. As a kid, I knew I wanted to be either a cartoonist or an astronaut. The latter was never much of a possibility, as I don’t even like riding in elevators. I kept my options open until seventh grade, but when I stopped understanding math and science, my choice was made. There is great personal satisfaction in attending to detail and quality, and I remain very proud of the standards the strip met day after day. I also liked the responsibility of knowing that, succeed or fail, it was all my own doing. This approach kept the strip very honest and personal--everything having to do with Calvin and Hobbes expressed my own ideas, my own values, my own way. I wrote every word, drew every line, and painted every color. It’s a rare gift to find such fulfilling work and I tried to show my appreciation by giving the strip everything I had to offer." - Bill Watterson


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      bieber4ever 6 years ago

      this site is okay. but i don't like this video

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      ChrisAdkins 7 years ago

      Always good to see a little Calvin and Hobbes. If I ever go back to be a math teacher I will use these.

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      nadp 7 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

      As a fellow math teacher, I was very pleased to see your hub devoted to math education.

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      elliot.dunn 7 years ago

      i had to be careful with this one. i started laughing in class! i wish school had a greater respect for math atheists haha.

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      bspider 8 years ago

      I just love Calvin and Hobbes! I have a web site dedicated to teaching math to kids, so I found these little gems very entertaining. Thanks for sharing this with us "hubbers".

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      sashwini [baby gal] 8 years ago

      cool !!! iteresting

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      The Calvin and Hobbes cartoons have been my favorites for many years now -- as all the books of theirs I own attest. Thank you for explaining math so cogently! This is a great hub, I'm still laughting. . .

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      SiddSingh 8 years ago

      Hi NT,

      A wonderful, hilarious hub! Perhaps if I had studied maths in this manner, I would have done better! I wish I had a maths teacher like Hobbes!

      The Trick Question was wonderful!