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FAMILY MATH is what it claims, a guide for parents and children to work together not on passive tasks of rote learning but in active game play, solving problems, experimenting and even discovering. The tools are many but familiar: cups and playing cards and beans, paper and pencil and scissors, for some a watch with a second hand, and a $5 calculator. What to do is neatly shown in the 100 or more math activities that are laid out in this cheerfully illustrated, informal book. High aims include the growth of confidence no less than skill and a glimpse at how careers open in this world with math. This is a curriculum for informal math education, so badly needed. -- Excerpts from Scientific American, December, 1989.

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Jean Kerr Stenmark and Virginia Thompson are innovative educators and curriculum developers. Virginia Thompson founded the FAMILY MATH program at The Lawrence Hall of Science.
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Product Details

  • Series: Equals Series
  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Lawrence Hall of Science; 1st edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912511060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912511061
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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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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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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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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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This was recommended by our son's 1st grade teacher, we borrowed hers and then bought our own. It's a great family book that incorporates math into fun games. We have a 1st and 4th grader and it works great for both of them. The reviews and suggestions are appropriate and easy to use. The activities are age/level appropriate also, it's a great way to spend some time away from the t.v. and computer.
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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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