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Counting & Number Bonds: Math Games for Early Learners (Math You Can Play Book 1) by [Gaskins, Denise]
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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 working with your children as opposed to simply assigning them work to do. This sums up the philosophy that I try to keep forefront in our home, 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.

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  • File Size: 7054 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
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  • Publisher: Tabletop Academy Press (April 20, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WFOQAW6
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By Wayne S. Walker on April 22, 2016
Format: Paperback
To be honest, math was never my favorite subject in school. However, I was fairly good at it through grade four. Then in grade five, we got hit with the “new math.” The poor teachers, who were used to instructing the old way, seemed at a loss, and I was fairly stumped until seventh grade when we had a math teacher who really knew his stuff. As a result, though I still did not care for math that much, I was able to negotiate it through high school and college. Because learning math is so important, homeschooling parents are always looking for the “right” curriculum—Saxon Math, Singapore Math, Math-U-See, etc. Maybe the curriculum would not matter so much if the students could just see that math can be fun.

In this Volume 1 of her “Math You Can Play” series, author Denise Gaskins, a veteran homeschooling mother of five who has taught or tutored mathematics at every level from preschool to undergraduate physics, provides kid-tested games which offer a variety of challenges for preschool and early-elementary learners. Young children can play with counting and number recognition, while older students explore place value, build number sense, and begin learning the basics of addition, using common, everyday objects such as playing cards, dominoes, and dice. Denise says, “I encourage parents to look beyond the textbook–a useful tool, but such a limited one. We want to explore the adventure of learning real mathematics, math as mental play, the essence of creative problem solving. This is what we need to teach our children: Mathematics is not just rules and rote memory. Math is a game, playing with ideas.”

There are four main sections in the book. “A Strategy for Learning” contains introductory material.
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I love that this book has math game for even the littlest learner! It includes great tips on adaptations for young kids and has links to printable game boards so you don't have to spend more time making games than playing them. These games will be a staple for my preschooler and 1st grader in our homeschool day! The kindle edition is so affordable and, as I said, includes links for printables, making it a workable and affordable solution. Of course I'd like a print copy, which would make it easier to flip through and explore, but the kindle ed. works for now.
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These games are great for using and practicing maths skills in a context in which there is some real motivation to do so. I love how they provide opportunities to explore a wide variety of approaches, including number bonds and logical thinking. There is also some thoughtful advice and ideas on mathematics education which I am glad to be reminded of, even though I have read Ms Gaskin's thoughts on these topics many times before on her wonderful blog!

The games use very simple materials, mostly cards and dice, and the few boards that are needed are provided. Each game also has tips on how to customise or extend it - maybe for players of different abilities, or non-competitive options. My children are always pleased, even excited, when I suggest one of these games, even ones that seem terribly simple like Tens Concentration. Sometimes they even ask to play them unprompted!

I have both books on Kindle, and really I would prefer a hard copy as it would be easier to keep handy, mark, and refer to during play. So get the paperbacks if you can!
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My oldest son is 3.5, and we're planning to homeschool. The idea of choosing a math curriculum is daunting, and researching all of the different options and philosophies can be overwhelming. This is why I'm so grateful to have come across Denise Gaskin's Lets Play Math series. I appreciated her insight - sprinkled throughout the book in the form of personal anecdotes and quotations from Plato to Charlotte Mason - into the idea that math should be fun. And I'm glad my son's introduction to math will be in the form of games and not a dry workbook.

While many of the games in this book are too advanced for my three year old, many of them are age appropriate. I look forward to incorporating some of them in to our newly instituted weekly family game night. The author very clearly outlines the materials needed (most of which are just playing cards, dominoes and dice - though there are some very helpful suggestions for creating kid-friendly decks of cards and card holders), and the games described include a history of the game, along with visual diagrams of how to play them. I also appreciate the use of actual math terms and the inclusion of a comprehensive resource list at the end.
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