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Let's Play Math: How Families Can Learn Math Together-and Enjoy It by [Gaskins, Denise]
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Combined with all the linked resources, this book is going to transform how I teach my kids maths. No more dabbling in "real maths" but then running back to the workbooks when anxiety strikes -- with this approach I can teach my kids to think like mathematicians without worrying about leaving gaps. ... I knew the well-travelled road (maths curricula) wasn't for us, but I lacked confidence in my ability to guide my children through uncharted territory. Let's Play Math is the map and the guidebook I've been looking for. With it in my hand I can't wait to take my children by the hand and head off to explore the wonderful world of maths.
-- Lucinda Leo, NavigatingByJoy.com

A beautiful book that explains the "why" and "how" of teaching math ... well researched, well annotated, and includes loads of activities that you can try with kids K-12 at home. ... I have to say that there were so many parts of this book that I highlighted that I really gave my Kindle a workout! ... I'm going to print up all of the talking points and post them in our kitchen so that my husband and I will have a list of questions to prompt our son's thinking.
-- Jennifer Bardsley, TeachingMyBabyToRead.com

Let's Play Math could be the very introduction a young family needs as they contemplate the first few years of homeschooling. ... It could be a fantastic book for a family with a child that's struggling (in homeschool or otherwise) with math. ... This book would be perfect for a parent who has always struggled with inadequacies in math or for someone like me, who always did just fine in math but never understood the claims of math's beauty or fascination. I find myself excited to explore some of the resources the author has gathered together for my own growth and new challenges.
-- Kansas Mom, OurHomeOnTheRange.blogspot.com

Denise Gaskins provides a way of seeing maths that opens out a whole new world, both for those like me who enjoyed a more traditional approach and those like my daughter who hated it. ... I love the ideas for verbal games and chats you can have any time, like guess the number -- "Add half of me to myself and you get six -- what am I?" We play these in the car, or at the table -- and the most important rule is always let your kids ask the questions too!
--Miranda Jubb, Amazon UK reader

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 28447 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tabletop Academy Press (September 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095POAX4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I happen to be a scholar in Classical Studies and I loved how this book reframes our concepts of Math to recover an intuitive, living sense of numbers and the real world. Math is not a human creation, but a discovery. Math is about reality. Solving algebra problems won't help children understand Math unless they are acquainted with it this way.

The book helps parents understand what Math really is about, what fun there is in it, and how school managed to kill our potential love for it. Along the way, readers will learn games and kinds of behavior they can adopt to develop a Math sense in their children. They will also realize that if a person has the "Math feeling", no academic subject will be harsh to her, and they will want their children to have this singular advantage.

Classical students or homeschoolers will love this book, because it is about using Math to develop intelligence, to make the mind stronger, to be better, so to speak. A motto for this book could be "be a Math genius, content will follow". Naturally, classical students think this way about every academic discipline, and will find a friend in this astounding work.
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Let's Play Math : How families can learn Math together and enjoy it
By Denise Gaskins.

This is another book in the Lets Pay Math series under the banner of Tabletop Academy Press.
To fully enjoy reading this book, it is assumed that the reader has basic numeracy skills.
The book reads almost like a novel which makes it really easy to read and work through. There are many word problems or math stories through out the book and the answers are provided at the back of the book.
There are 5 sections and 10 chapters in the book. There is also a treasure trove of resources and references at the tail end of book.

A quick summary of what you can expect from the book.

Introduction- covers math myths that we have all grown up believing and passed on to our kids. Myths like : Children need a textbook in order to learn. That was actually the tamest one. Get ready to have some long held beliefs shattered.

Chapter 1- The "Aha!" Factor - here she covers the problem with traditional school math and the "Aha!" Factor ( channelling Oprah here lol!).
Chapter 2 - Think like a Mathematician- she compares the types of math children learn: instrumental understanding where the primary goal is to get the answer right and pass tests and Relational understanding where the primary goal is to see the building blocks of each topic and how that topic relates to other concepts.
Chapter 3 - Math you can play : covers how to tell Math stories and play Math Games.
Chapter 4 - Math you can touch: covers how and when manipulatives should be used. Would have loved some examples of Montessori manipulatives.
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Let's Play Math: How Homeschooling Families Can Learn Math Together, and Enjoy It! (Homeschool Math Manuals) by Denise Gaskins, is a beautiful book that explains the "why" and "how" of teaching math from a Constructivist perspective. It is well researched, well annotated, and includes loads of activities that you can try with kids K-12 at home. While reading the book, I found myself remembering a lot of things I had forgotten from my teacher-training in Constructivist math.

Teaching math from a Constructivist perspective means enabling children to develop their own meaningful strategies for solving problems, instead of just blindly teaching traditional algorithms. It also means giving children time, space, and materials to explore mathematical concepts and create their own understanding.

There were so many parts of this book that I highlighted that I really gave my Kindle a workout!

There is a whole section that I'm going to come back to this summer, to keep my kids busy. But was especially useful to me at this moment, were the talking points for helping kids solve problems on their own. I'm going to print up all of the talking points and post them in our kitchen so that my husband and I will have a list of questions to prompt our son's thinking.

I can't wait until the author publishes Let's Play Algebra!
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I love math, but had forgotten why I developed a love for math in the first place. This book made me realize how experiences in my childhood lit a spark in me to work any math problem, not because I was required to do so, or even because my project required the answer, but because the thrill of solving the puzzle was reward enough. Denise Gaskins shows us how we can ignite this fire in our own children. I believe her suggestions are invaluable for homeschoolers, but essential for the many parents whose children are learning to dislike math in school.
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As a homeschooling mom of six, "Let's Play Math" provides wonderful insight into the world of math. It is an awesome resource for parents of children who struggle with math...or for anyone wanting to break free from mundane and ordinary approaches to math and have more more. Yes, math CAN be fun and math CAN make sense when approached from the "Let's Play Math" point-of-view. The biggest change for me, after reading this book, is that I have found ways to incorporate more math into other areas of life (and in other subjects...art, for example) without my math-challenged children even realizing it. It's a rather awesome "Aha!" moment when they finally figure out that's it's math!
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