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Let's Play Math: How Families Can Learn Math Together and Enjoy It Paperback – February 18, 2016
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-- Miranda Jubb, Amazon UK reader
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
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
From the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Math is often one of the most challenging subjects for students, whether in a classroom or homeschool setting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wayne S. Walker
This book is great. It explains in a simple doable way, with examples, how to do mathematics at home that is fun and natural. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Emma
This book really opened my eyes to how math can be fun and less stressful as a subject in my homeschool. Read morePublished 5 months ago by dorothea brooke
This book is a guide all families, including homeschooling families, can use to help children discover the beauty and imaginative side of mathematics. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kansas Mom
This book is wonderful - encouraging, inspiring and incredibly insightful. Denise Gaskins writes about "Aha" moments for children, and I had many such moments myself while... Read morePublished 5 months ago by nicki
As a teacher, this book has some qute ideas into making math funPublished 5 months ago by Steef Jacobson, Ronin Software Inc.
One of my all time favorite math books - so glad to see a new edition! It gives you the ideas and encouragement to create a meaningful math culture in your homeschool. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
This provides very helpful ideas on making math a family activity.Published 5 months ago by Henry J. Ricardo