The target age range for this volume is kindergarten through gradefour, which is admittedly a pretty big range. However, these books aredeceptively simple, as my introduction of several of them to our mathgames class at co op has attested. The children in this class are ingrades three through six, and I have yet to use a game that the oldeststudents have scoffed at. ... Both volumes include so much more thanjust math games instructions! I have never had a homeschool resource that more closely matches my ownphilosophy and enthusiasm about making mathematics learning connected,engaging, and yes, even fun. I love what Gaskins has to say aboutworking with
your children as opposed to simply assigning themwork to do. This sums up the philosophy that I try to keep forefront inour home,and it's the thing that makes these books such a valuable addition toour library of educational resources.
I cannot recommend them or Denise Gaskins' other resources enough. She is a homeschooling mother with decades of experience, and she isvery accessible to those of us who are still in the trenches. She notonly shares math games, she also shares a whole philosophy as well asendless variations and ways to approach teaching math. These bookswould be useful to any homeschooling parent, no matter the ages of hisor her children. It would also be useful to a classroom teacher looking for new meaningful activities for his or her students. ... Highly, highly Recommended. -- Amy, Hope Is the Word
From the Author
As a young parent and newbie homeschooler, I tried to fit my children's education into the only model of school I knew. Textbooks, daily schedules, and slogging through one tedious workbook after another made education seem boring, when it ought to be a lifelong adventure. As my children grew, I noticed how much learning happened outside of "school" time, through library books or life experiences. We moved to a more relaxed, eclectic mentoring style. We discovered that even a math textbook can be fun when used as a source of puzzles.
On a daily basis, homeschoolers, tutors, and parents simply trying to help with homework experience the truth of the adage "The teacher learns more than the students." I've been learning more than my children for three decades now, and helping other parents learn more than their children for almost that long. I hope my books help to make math your children's favorite subject.