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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.
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. Montessorians would most likely nod in agreement to a lot of ideas in thIs book especially when it comes to starting from concrete before presenting abstract ideas.
Chapter 5: Math that makes you think: two things stood out in this chapter, the Story Problem Challenge (how to enable children to make up word problems) and a guide to solving word problems.
Chapter 6: She takes us on a historical journey through the lives of different mathematicians. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this chapter because I am a history buff and who doesn't like a story even if it's a math story.
Chapter 7: More history, this time covering different time periods, countries and civilizations. Also included are sample activities for each time period.
Chapter 8: Samples of Math playtime and more information on how workbooks should be used.
Chapter 9: If you have students/children struggling with math, this chapter is for you. Also some information on how to recognize progress in your child's learning.
Chapter 10: Covers different ways to to incorporate math in your family. A cute idea is designing tesselation t-shirts for Christmas. Also ( what I had been waiting for) some ideas of how to teach Higher level math ( Algebra, Trignometry, Calculus e.t.c).
Chapter 11: Covers how to introduce math to children, how to watch out for interest and give them the tools for their learning. Basically, how to make them take ownership for their own learning.
After reading this book, you'll see math in a new light. Not
There is a list of resources at the back which is expansive in nature. So many books and online resources are included.
I would recommend this book to
Parents (Both homeschooling and non homeschooling)
Heads of Schools
Any one who is interested in reclaiming their love of math
I'm look forward to more books from this Author!
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.