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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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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
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
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What is a parent to do if they don't know how to teach? Look, get this book. Denise is a warm and inviting friend. The first thing she will do is tell you how math education got here. She will calm your fears and then give you a different plan. She is going to walk you through the math and give you new ways to think about the stuff you did in school and ways to think about teaching that doesn't include worksheets.
And she honors her word. She PLAYS math. And if you don't let the "fear" take over, she will introduce you to playing math as well. "Playing math" looks very different than "Teaching math".I have told people that the introduction to the book is worth the price. I wasn't lying. If you read the introduction and take it seriously you may be able to spare your child from hating math. That's a pretty big deal, because math is a really cool subject and should be seen, along with the great books, as another liberal art. Math is beautiful, enchanting and strange and you would never guess that from our modern textbooks.
After you read Denise's book, do a search for Gattegno and Cuisenaire and keep playing. She lays a fine foundation to his book "Now Johnny Can Do Arithmetic." That book can be read online free at ISSUU.
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.
This is an amazing book stuffed full of very usable ideas. Too much for getting everything in one reading. I'll definitely be rereading and taking lots of notes.
Bottom line is yes, you should buy this. And yes, it's worth it. And no, you don't already have a book that's similar.
I am very impressed with this book.
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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