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238 of 238 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2001
I hate math. Memories of trying to understand long division in fourth grade can still make me squirm. Algebra was a lost year of my life - I had no idea what the teacher was talking about. Wouldn't you just guess I'd end up with a son who could add two digit numbers in his head before he started kindergarten? (I'm over 40 and I still can't do it very well) He even thought it was fun to do so.
You can probably guess that the normal elementary school math curriculum did not thrill him. Fortunately, early on, his kindergarten teacher lent me her copy of this book, and suggested that it might help him get started on understanding some higher math concepts, while still being age appropriate. The words "higher math" were not exactly music to the ears of a math phobe like me. But within a couple of weeks, after trying out a few games, I was hooked, and bought my own copy.
During the time he was in elementary school, I think we did at least 3/4 of the activities in the book, not because I thought he should, but because he wanted to. And, to my enormous surprise, so did I. The games and activities in this book are so intriguing that even I began to develop a sense of what it must feel like to really love math. (And, amazingly enough, I even got a little better at basic arithmetic.) Several of the games were so much fun, they became obsessions. We played them day after day.
My younger child, who recently finished kindergarten, doesn't remotely share her brother's love of numbers, but this year I dug out my old copy of the book to see if it might get her more interested. Sure enough, it worked. The games of logic and the games designed to develop rapid mental arithmetic skills that so fascinated her brother don't really interest her. In fact, most of the book is still way beyond her skill level. But I've found quite a few games that are appropriate for a child still struggling to add and subtract single digit numbers. (She says they're more fun than the math games they play at school). And there are several activities (Tangrams, and Color Designs, for instance) that take advantage of her love of art to help her understand math better. At the end of kindergarten, my daughter told me that her favorite school subject was math. I have no doubt that her exposure to Family Math games had a lot to do with that. And I have no doubt that we'll be using this book more and more over the next few years.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2002
Fantastic! Family Math puts math and problem solving skills on the kitchen table. A far cry from homework, these games and activities involve common household materials like toothpicks and dried beans. They are easy to learn, quick to play, and cover a range of mathematical abilities and topics. Definitely enjoyable for both adults and children.
The book is organized into different math topics (like Logical Reasoning, Numbers and Operations, Probability and Statistics) and each activity clearly states the age level that it is for and its purpose.
FAMILY MATH ends with instructions for setting up a Family Math class to teach parents and teachers how to use the material.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2005
Besides teaching math in a middle school, I also sponsor a math club. It can be tough finding useful, stimulating activities that are enticing to students, especially when the alternative is free time to socialize. I borrowed this book from a co-worker and found that it was a real hit---full of great ideas that are fun and easy to use. I liked it so much that I bought the book for myself, and a copy for still another teacher, too! At the end of the school year when parents start asking me what they can do with their child over the summer to strengthen math skills, you can bet that I'll be recommending this book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2004
I use this book to get the kids in my classroom hooked on liking math. Most of the time they end up asking "Is this math?" because they've always believed it was too hard or boring, but this book makes learning math fun because of its interactive activities. I would say it's a must have for teachers too.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
FAMILY MATH is one of the best resources for elementary mathematics! The activities are excellent as part of workshops designed to involve parents in the math education of their children; for homeschooling families; for use in classrooms; and for having fun with math in any setting.
You must get this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2009
We bought this book to assist with an elementary school-wide math enrichment evening. We found lots and lots of great ideas for math centers. We used ideas from the book for centers ranging from kindergarten through 6th grade. The book contains ideas, directions and blackline masters to carry them out. I recommend this book for any school group looking for games and ideas in math for classrooms and parents and special math events.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2011
Wonderful book for getting little ones interested in math, very fun....this is so far the best math book i have gotten for our Kindergarten Homeschooling math curriculum!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2013
I wish I could download into my children's brains a mastery of math. Since there are no medical/scientific procedures available to do that yet (right??), resources that help my children LOVE math. This book is top of the list. The games and activities are coded for age level right at the top corners of the pages so you know without reading through the directions and set up whether or not it is age/capability appropriate for your child. The games are suited for children with their parents, siblings together, in homeschooling co-op groups, or math "parties" for classroom. They are interesting, require relatively little preparation, and get your kids reviewing those math concepts *almost unaware.

A great buy! There are a few other books in the series, one for younger kids and one for older kids. I would definitely recommend this!

I bought mine used from a dealer on amazon, and received it quickly and in great shape for a great price. I'd check here first... although I check here first for most things.

Just FYI, I also love the Sir Cumference books by Cindy Neuschwander (available on amazon) for read aloud, fun, real world applications of math. The Life of Fred series is excellent too (also available on amazon).

I am not being paid or forced to promote amazon, but I do love the ease of purchasing online from a vendor I trust.

Happy calculating!
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 1999
This book is great for teaching kids math. We have used it at home and while traveling. Learning math has been fun for the whole family. The exercises are fantastic, the instructions clear and the learning stimulating for everyone.
We highly recommend you buy a copy and use it with your children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2013
I found this book after hearing some good things about it from the Higher Up and Further In curriculum- a free Charlotte mason homeschool curriculum online. I decided I wanted to start my daughter off ENJOYING math and not get her too caught up in workbooks right now. Well after using it for a week, my daughter says math is her favorite school subject. She loves reading, but if given the choice, she chooses to do math first.

The book is sectioned out into different math topics. Then, within each topic, there are multiple activities/games you can do with your child. These games are labeled according to 3 different levels so you can determine if your child is ready for that particular game. The activities are simple, use items easily found in your home, and most importantly fun!
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