I have played several of these games with [my son], and each one was met
with delight on his part and the sharing of delightful conversation
about numbers and thinking between us. ... Both volumes include so much more than
just math games instructions! I have never had a homeschool resource
that more closely matches my own
philosophy and enthusiasm about making mathematics learning connected,
engaging, and yes, even fun. I love what Gaskins has to say about
your children as opposed to simply assigning them
work to do. This sums up the philosophy that I try to keep forefront in
and it's the thing that makes these books such a valuable addition to
our 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 is
very accessible to those of us who are still in the trenches. She not
only shares math games, she also shares a whole philosophy as well as
endless variations and ways to approach teaching math. These books
would be useful to any homeschooling parent, no matter the ages of his
or 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.